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Once you reach the co-ordinates listed you are stood above where the cache is located. To access the cache is NOT easy. It is located in a pipe which runs underground, now you need to find how to get it. The pipe its self is about 1 meter in dia. so if your not comfortable with confined spaces this isn't for you.
This cache is a very hard find located on the old Gedling colliery site. There are a lot of geocaches on this site which is well worth a walk around. there's Some great views from the hills and some excellent opportunity to explore and find some geocaches. And if your feeling very adventurous there are my two "A Pit Extreme" caches. This cache is located in a old pipe which runs underground, the pipe was part of the drainage system when the site was in use. It is a about 1 meter in dia. so requires crawling through it. If your not comfortable in tight confined spaces then I don't recommend this. There is also often water in this pipe so be prepared to get wet, especially after its been raining. To access the pipe where this cache is located there are two options, both quite similar in difficulty. Some additional help to access the pipe is in the spoiler along with some other information which will make this find considerable easier.
The cache is secured in place so you will need to sign the log in the pipe. The cache is a small black container which is only just big enough for a small trackable as well as the log book. It faces downward and has a screw lid so be careful when you open it and put log back in. Also please take care when you unscrew the lid so you don't pull it out of place. All will become clear when you see it.
As with anything of this nature, tell someone what you are doing and where you are going before you set off. You "search" for this cache completely at your own risk. Have fun and stay safe.
** I have rated this cache as 5/4.5. I know ratings are all subjective as each persons perception of easy/hardness in finding a cache is different. I know worldwide there are some very challenging caches but I have tried to rate this according to how other caches are rated around the country. Please feel free to include your opinion in your log. **
A Brief history lesson about the site for those who are interested;
Gedling colliery was sunk in the period of 1899 - 1902 when two 5.5 meter dia. shafts were put down to the top hard seam level at a depth of 419 meters. By 1904 111,765 tons had been produced from the top hard seam.
Originally two seams were worked – The top hard and the main bright. During the 1914 – 1918 war workings in the main bright were discontinued and production concentrated in the top hard seam. Annual output from this seam during the 1920’s was around 810,000 tons.
In 1927 the high hazles seam which lies midway between the main bright and top hard seams at 374 meters was first devolved.
From 1933 to 1938 the main bright was re worked via drifts from the top hard seam.
Reorganisation started in 1942 with a new No 2 pit bottom, two ton mine cars replaced the 15cwt Morris tubs. On the surface new baths opened and a canteen. Also a licensed bar premises behind the lamp cabin called the wet canteen, this was possibly the only one in the country. This operated until 1960 when the surface was reorganised again
By 1961 due to adverse geological conditions the top hard seam was rendered uneconomical.
Production then concentrated on the high hazels seam until 1969 when a small area of top hard was opened via drifts from high hazel. The final top hard workings ceased in Dec 1977.
Production continued from the coal faces in the high hazles seam (mainly the north east) until the pit closed in 1991.
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