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Sat, 18/02/2012 - 06:39 -- andyripley

     You may think that the winter is a quiet period for the Riggwelters, well it couldn't be be much different. That's when we start to plot the events for the rest of the year.
     Already in the offing is an event for the Jubilee, but that's one being organised over in Easingwold by Nigel G1JKE. We wanted a suitable event that wold be a nice warmup for the group and an introduction to some of the newly licenced members of the club. An ideal one would involve elements such as the great outdoors, space to experiment, and of course a pub (that does food).
     All these parts do come together, the envisaged location being the Tan Hill Inn. It's one the edge of our patch so to speak, is distinctive in being the UK's highest public house, has free camping and acres of moorland round it. We needed to do a recce, so we agreed to meet up there to have a look and sample the fayre. We didn't know about the Citroen 2CV Rally that turned up later, but we did manage to eat before all the tin snails made their way round.
     With the demise of the Vintage Machinery Rally we are also free to do "Railways On The Air", so there will be another trip out to investigate a location, this being the Old Dairy building next to Redmire Station. It doesn't quite tick all the boxes like Tan Hill, but we've not done anything for our local railway for a while. More on that later.
     Looks like it is going to be an entertaining year. This is the 10th year of the Riggwelter Special Events Group, so we want to start it well.


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       We're getting a definite buzz about this one, and are going to be joined by members of several other clubs in true Riggwelter SEG tradition. We've even had a map of our likely 2m coverage from there. We've got nice takeoff in a couple of directions namely northeast and northwest, so we can talk to someone on VHF from there.
      Miles of soggy moorland should do good for HF as well, especially with what we've been experimenting with antennas of course. We should hear that proverbial pin drop durung the night on 80m (we hope).
       Looks like I'll be the advance guard on the Friday night, and hopefully get up and running for the Nidderdale Net on 80m Saturday morning for those who don't get there. After all I need to keep busy after I've had the pub breakfast of course.
       Not being on that social website means I can't tell just what is being said about this IPA scheme, but even doing a couple of hours from a beer garden in the summer sounds like a distinctly pleasant activity.

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Considering where this pub is, on top of a hill, this was in fact for a long time a local for miners. Not the expected lead mines that pepper Swaledale, but up at the top of the hill it's actually coal they mined. There were cottages up near the pub, of which there are still traces, but alas apart from the fenced off shafts the mines have gone.
The coal was never much good up there, it has a poor volatile content (Crow coal), it's tricky to get going and smokes a lot. No wonder the more manageable coals of the Durham and Yorkshire coalfields took their business after the railways became established. It was used for smelting lead, possibly because the pollution from it was negligable compared with all the lead, arsenic and zinc going up the chimneys. If you have seen some of the long flues in the area and the areas of dead ground around the tops you'll know why.
The last pit to Close was the King's Pit, located SSE of the pub, which finally shut in 1945.
The mine nearest the pub closed before then
If you had visited the area 150 years ago it would have been a different scene. The opening of the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway in 1861 probably lead to more of its demise than anything else, and of course there is the nearby Bleath Gill famous by its snowdrift film from the BTF film unit.
Now it's all quiet, the sound of Peewits in the air and shortly to be interrupted by the rattle of morse keys, warble of "wobbly modes" and the dulcet tones of our members.

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We've been, we've shivered, we've recovered. Space doesn't allow us just yet to stick a full report here. Look out for the pictures on the website.