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Sike Head shaft, on the slopes of Bolt's Law, a windswept hill rising more than 1,600 feet on the vast, open moors of the North pennines.

Dangerous walking, with very deep shafts and unforgiving bogland.

Sike Head was one of numerous lead mines in the area that had been forced to close in the early 20th century. Because, from the early 20th century onwards, lead, silver and other precious metals, (mined in these parts since Roman times), could be imported more cheaply from abroad.

A very different feel to my usual walks, in the pretty farming hills and valleys of Northumberland, only a few miles to the North!

These moors of Durham are equally beautiful, but stark, depressing, with a feeling of pessimism, maybe the echo of the long-gone,spirits of the back-breaking, lead mining workers...
....yet an irresistible place for the occasional brave, solo hiker/painter/photographer.

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Comments on this photo:

Sep 30 2008 09:23 GMT JotaBoyJon
Wonderful atmosphere, great photo, sad story!
Oct 02 2008 17:22 GMT Scarlett PRO
Superb composition!
Oct 07 2008 21:36 GMT losp
Remains of lead-mining past .. Storm-threatening atmosphere ..
Excellent composition and capture with very telling effects !
Oct 11 2008 18:38 GMT princessnot
I want see Your painting ;))
Oct 11 2008 19:03 GMT capcorse
Thanks, Princess. I haven't finished it yet, but will upload it on my painting site - you can see my gallery here:

Oct 11 2008 20:54 GMT Foggydew
Oct 11 2008 20:56 GMT felixdakilla
stunning capture
Oct 24 2008 21:57 GMT suzannesmash
Fantastic work!