The geology and geography of Staffordshire are fascinating and help explain the physical and human development in the area. I was reminded recently of the volcano in Staffordshire discovered in a borehole at Apedale near Stoke on Trent. Apedale is a site of great mining significance and heritage (more of that laters).
As a student I was so enthused by the local geology and would imagine what would happen if the nearby volcano breathed new life! Time has created a wonderful landscape to explore with inviting valleys and rugged outcrops of gritstone. Thanks to tectonic pressures that formed the ups and downs we have coal at the surface and also at some of the deepest points for any mines anywhere. Coal was vital for fueling the making of the Potteries, and mining created jobs for thousands of brave workers for many years. And to think the amazing mining stories just form part of the big picture of this brilliant place.
Apedale Heritage Centre is led by a special group of volunteers who can provide rich insight into another world that used to be at the forefront of economic prosperity and very much part of the skyline. The site has seven drift mines (the largest set in the UK) – accessed by near horizontal passageways. They have a one hour mine tour is an experience that can’t be repeated anywhere in the world! see http://www.apedale.co.uk
3xP Tours working with Apedale can provide a brilliant experience touring the mine and surrounding area and we can do exclusive tours for small groups so that you can get even closer to bygone days. Contact 3xP for more details!