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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. If your feeling very adventurous there are my "A Pit Extreme" caches. For this one (A pit extreme 2), now you have got to the cache co-ordinates you need to figure out how to get into a tunnel about 6 or 7 meters below you which is where the cache can be found.
This cache is a 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 "A Pit Extreme" caches. Once you have got to the cache co-ordinates you need to figure out how to get into a tunnel about 6 or 7 meters below you which is where the cache can be found. The spoiler/hint contains the co-ordinates of two ways of getting into this tunnel (one easier, and one harder). Its only a short tunnel but usually has an inch or two of water on the bottom so you'll need you Wellington boots. After heavy rainfall the water can be as deep as 12 inch's. You can enter the tunnel at one entrance and exit via the other which is what we did when planting the cache. The co-ordinates listed as the cache location are as exact as we can get them but bare in mind GPS isn't 100% accurate underground. To access this tunnel by either entrance require a fairly good level of physical fitness, and a decent torch. If you have a fear of spiders or other creepy crawlies then this probably isn't for you.
As with anything of this nature, always tell someone where your going and what your doing. You search for this cache completly at your own risk!
The cache is located very close to the harder way into the tunnel. Once you are in the tunnel at the end where the co-ordinates will lead you have a look round for the pipes coming out the wall, if you can see these your in the right area. More info listed in spoiler, the find will be very tough with out this.
** I have rated this cache as 5/5. 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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