Force Crag Mine
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
From 1867 it was converted into a zinc mining operation, and though it was never terribly successful, it stayed more or less afloat as a business concern until the latter part of the 20th century.
The mine was finally abandoned for good in 1991, making it the last working metal mine in the Lake District. It is now under the care of the National Trust, and visitors can view the old mining machinery, and the partial remains of mountain tramways, tracks, an aerial ropeway, and other remains of the mining works. The crushing mill, built in 1909, still stands, as does much more modern equipment that was used into the 1980s.
At this time the mine buildings can only be visited by National Trust pre-booked tours on specified dates throughout the year. Please see the Trust website for upcoming dates and times.
About Force Crag Mine
Address: Coledale Valley, Braithwaite, Lake District, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Family Attraction
Location: Access by footpath only, from Braithwaite village, a distance of 2.75 miles, or from the Noble Knott car park on the Braithwaite to Lorton road (a much shorter walk).
Website: Force Crag Mine
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: Ashley Dace, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Whinlatter Pass - 1.6 miles (Countryside)
Spout Force Waterfall - 3 miles (Countryside)
Crummock Water - 3.1 miles (Countryside)
Buttermere Lake - 3.7 miles (Countryside)
Derwentwater - 3.9 miles (Countryside)
Crosthwaite, St Kentigern's Church - 4 miles (Historic Church)
Scale Force Waterfall - 4.1 miles (Countryside)
Derwent Island House - 4.1 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to Force Crag Mine:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 017687 72645
Fax: 017687 75043