Geo-Trips :: Quarrying and mining at Cleehill

Cleehill

A walk from Dhustone, Wed, 27 Apr 2016 by Alan Murray-Rust

I had the opportunity to do some exploring of the quarrying and mining remains in the Cleehill area. The images include two walks, with a short car journey between, covering Titterstone Clee and Clee Hill itself.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SO5876 : View towards Titterstone Clee Hill from Dhustone by Alan Murray-Rust
View towards Titterstone Clee Hill from Dhustone
The long slope and sharp scarp to the west make this hill very recognisable from a... more

SO5876 : Clee Hill quarries incline by Alan Murray-Rust
Clee Hill quarries incline
Looking down the alignment from the site of the bridge at Dhustone. The incline... more

SO5876 : Clee Hill quarries incline top by Alan Murray-Rust
Clee Hill quarries incline top
The point at which the incline levelled out into the quarry area is very evident.

SO5977 : Moonrise over Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
Moonrise over Titterstone Clee
"Not really – this is the large radome of the air traffic control. The upper... more

SO5976 : The road to Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
The road to Titterstone Clee
This eventually leads up to the communications complex on the top. Sheep are... more

SO5977 : The side of Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
The side of Titterstone Clee
Former quarry workings seen from the road above Dhustone. The trig pillar on the... more

SO5977 : Wintry showers over Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
Wintry showers over Clee
The remains of the Titterstone Clee quarries in the foreground.

SO5976 : Cloudscape over Clee Hill by Alan Murray-Rust
Cloudscape over Clee Hill
Looking from Titterstone Clee.

SO5977 : Radar station on Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
Radar station on Titterstone Clee
The nearer platform has lost the antenna visible in these views... more

SO5977 : Titterstone Clee trig point by Alan Murray-Rust
Titterstone Clee trig point
Approaching from the north along the Shropshire Way. The snow had started about 10... more

SO5977 : Titterstone Clee trig point by Alan Murray-Rust
Titterstone Clee trig point
Close up of the triangulation pillar, showing the bench mark. The snow shower... more

SO5878 : View from Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
View from Titterstone Clee
Looking north west towards Cleestanton. The sun had returned to the valley of the... more

SO5977 : Snow - balls by Alan Murray-Rust
Snow - balls
Radar station on Titterstone Clee in a snow flurry, with black clouds.

SO5976 : Snow on Hoar Edge by Alan Murray-Rust
Snow on Hoar Edge
The warm sun has already removed the snow on Titterstone where I was standing, but... more

SO5977 : Steam after the snow by Alan Murray-Rust
Steam after the snow
On Titterstone Clee, looking across to Hoar Edge.

SO5977 : Steaming hillside, Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
Steaming hillside, Titterstone Clee
Following a short snow shower, the warm April sunshine quickly burnt off the snow,... more

SO5977 : Ruined building in Titterstone Clee quarry by Alan Murray-Rust
Ruined building in Titterstone Clee quarry
This is on one of the upper levels and might have been a bothy or canteen,... more

SO5977 : Photographer in Titterstone Clee quarry by Alan Murray-Rust
Photographer in Titterstone Clee quarry
I don't think he was even aware of my presence, but his being there made all the... more

SO5977 : On Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
On Titterstone Clee
Looking down on the ruins of the quarry processing complex.

SO5977 : Quarry remains on Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
Quarry remains on Titterstone Clee
Even ruined, the extent of the ruins show that this was a major operation.

SO5977 : Spoil tip on Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
Spoil tip on Titterstone Clee
This shows some of the ravages of the off-road brigade. The evidence of grass... more

SO5977 : Building remains, Titterstone Clee quarries by Alan Murray-Rust
Building remains, Titterstone Clee quarries
The round holes in the foreground are connected by pipes and are presumably the... more

SO5977 : Quarry ruin, Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
Quarry ruin, Titterstone Clee
One of the few prominent bits of graffiti.

SO5977 : Titterstone Quarry incline by Alan Murray-Rust
Titterstone Quarry incline
This was a narrow gauge railway or tramway, dropping down to the wharf at... more

SO5977 : Bench mark at Horseditch House by Alan Murray-Rust
Bench mark at Horseditch House
See http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4937879 for location.

SO5977 : Entrance to Horseditch House by Alan Murray-Rust
Entrance to Horseditch House
There is a bench mark http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4937877 on the left hand gatepost.

SO5977 : The road from Titterstone Clee by Alan Murray-Rust
The road from Titterstone Clee
This was built to provide access to the Titterstone Quarry, but continues to be... more

SO5977 : Art or graffiti? by Alan Murray-Rust
Art or graffiti?
Whether you approve or not, this particular panel is not the usual banal tagging,... more

SO5876 : Rouse-Broughton Terrace, Dhustone by Alan Murray-Rust
Rouse-Broughton Terrace, Dhustone
Built for local quarry workers. The name is that of the landowners who were... more

SO5875 : A4117 below Cleehill by Alan Murray-Rust
A4117 below Cleehill
Note the old milestone http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4938802 at the extreme... more

SO5875 : Milestone near Cleehill by Alan Murray-Rust
Milestone near Cleehill
Part of the Ludlow group of turnpikes. There is a mixture of stone and cast iron... more

SO5975 : A4117 east of Cleehill by Alan Murray-Rust
A4117 east of Cleehill
Showing milepost 6 from Ludlow http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4938812 . The next... more

SO6075 : Now you see it by Alan Murray-Rust
Now you see it
Snow shower on Clee Hill, 1527 hrs See http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4926268... more

SO6076 : Old coal workings near Doddington by Alan Murray-Rust
Old coal workings near Doddington
It's not clear whether this is the remains of an early bell pit or the shaft of... more

SO6076 : Old coal workings near Doddington by Alan Murray-Rust
Old coal workings near Doddington
This is the spoil heap from Gibbet Colliery, the most southerly of the deep pits... more

SO6076 : Old coal workings near Doddington by Alan Murray-Rust
Old coal workings near Doddington
Bell pit in the foreground.

SO6076 : Old coal workings near Doddington by Alan Murray-Rust
Old coal workings near Doddington
The gorse in the foreground is filling hollows left by bell pit working. The... more

SO6076 : The south side of Clee Hill by Alan Murray-Rust
The south side of Clee Hill
The rough ground in the foreground represents early coal workings. In the distance... more

SO6076 : Old coal workings near Doddington by Alan Murray-Rust
Old coal workings near Doddington
A well preserved bell pit, showing the spoil built up round the shaft.

SO6075 : Now you don't by Alan Murray-Rust
Now you don't
Part 2 of 'Now you see it' http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4926260 taken just 17... more

SO6075 : Coreley reservoir by Alan Murray-Rust
Coreley reservoir
A small covered reservoir alongside the A4117.

SO6175 : Milestone and milepost near Doddington by Alan Murray-Rust
Milestone and milepost near Doddington
Part of the Ludlow group of turnpikes. There is a mixture of stone and cast iron... more

SO6175 : Toposcope on Clee Hill by Alan Murray-Rust
Toposcope on Clee Hill
Installed by the AA, the style of the badge suggesting a date of the 1950s or... more

SO6175 : View from the toposcope at Clee Hill by Alan Murray-Rust
View from the toposcope at Clee Hill
In the distance, the distinctive shape of Skirrid, near Abergavenny, 40 miles away... more

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