Grid Ref: LR91: NY 691 355
Location: Northern England & Borders
Small bothy in popular area, stone floor. No locally available fuel.
Restored by friends of John Gregory
Warning Please note that there has been subsidence on the Pennine Way approximately 500 metres to the east of the bothy. This is a significant risk especially at night or in bad weather. The vertical side of the hole consists of old mining spoil and is very likely to be unstable.
This building was originally put up to house miners from the nearby Katelock leadmine. They live here during the week, and walked home at weekends.
In 1883 a visiting journalist wrote:
“This house consists of two rooms, in the outer one is a blacksmith’s forge (near to which is a stream of running water), a large cupboard, which on my visit contained tea, coffee, bacon, bread and even jam. In a room or two or three beds, a quantity of miner’s clothing – trousers, stockings and strong, heavy boots”.
A number of lead mines were worked near here on the slopes of Cross Fell in the last century. They produced over 13,000 tons of ore between 1811 and 1911, and their ruins are of great interest to industrial archaeologists and historians.
Just outside are the remains of mine, spoil heat, bouseteems (lead ore storage bays) and a washing floor, where ore was separated from waste. These are important relics from a once great industry, and poigant reminder of the men who lived and worked here.
Click the thumbnails below for an enlargement.
© Copyright Mountain Bothies Association, Edenbank House, 22 Crossgate, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5HW
Mountain Bothies Association is a charity registered in Scotland, no. SC008685 and a company limited by guarantee and registered in Scotland, no. SC191425