Grinkle Ironstone Mine and Ridge Lane Tunnel

The tunnel travels from the mine site, under Ridge Lane. A through journey is possible although wellingtons would be a good idea. The track continued through to Dalehouses then into a second tunnel which emerges at Port Mulgrave.
Grinkle Ironstone Mine Ridge Lane Tunnel
Grinkle Ironstone Mine Ridge Lane Tunnel 2
Grinkle Ironstone Mine Ridge Lane Tunnel 3

Little remains visible at the actual mine site, although there is a large collapse due to the culverted stream running underneath.
Grinkle Ironstone Mine Collapse
Grinkle Ironstone Mine Collapse

A large concerete block is one of the few remains of the mine site.
Grinkle Ironstone Mine 2
Grinkle Ironstone Mine 1
But its more fun in the tunnel.
Light Painting in Ridge Lane Tunnel 1

New Bank Drift, Eston Ironstone Mine

The tunnel is very easy to locate at the top of path which bridges the A174.
Eston Ironstone Mine
Eston Ironstone Mine
A small has been broken through the bricks, but the drift is collapsed anyway.
Eston Ironstone Mine
Eston Ironstone Mine

There are a number of surface buildings and structures, the foundations closest to the drift are those of an electric hauler.
Eston Ironstone Mine

The concrete pillar held rope guides for the haulageway.
Eston Ironstone Mine
Eston Ironstone Mine

The large concrete stuctures are the foundations of the winding drums from the top of the incline.
Eston Ironstone Mine
Eston Ironstone Mine

The remains of stables with their drainage grooves can also be identifed.
Eston Ironstone Mine

Errington Woods, Smallpox Hospital, Marske

The large number of mature plum trees in the picnic area always seemed a little out of place to me. The car park appears to have been a smallpox hospital.


I can find no pictures although the smallpox epidemic in Teesside is dated as 1897. The buildings were apparently sold after the 1st World War and became known as ‘Orchard House’

Sandsend Tunnel

When I last visited the Sandsend end was locked, but the Kettleness end was open (although requiring a journey through the shorter Kettleness tunnel to reach it)

The track between the two is very overgrown and the tunnel portal in poor condition, the seaward side is angled and looks like it may collapse within a few years.

A sizable heap of mud has washed through the roof which is held up by a metal arch, although its hard to tell how long that has been in place.
Sandsend Tunnel Portal
Sandsend Tunnel Portal Reinforcement

Inside the tunnel appeared more stable, although we only ventured a little way due to time constraints.
Sandsend Tunnel

I need to return and take more photos as this visit predated me having a DSLR.

Rikj has some amazing shots of the rest of the tunnel on Flickr

Yearby Icehouse

Visible from the main path through the woods at Yearby, although the tree cover made GPS reception tricky.
There appears to be a second chamber through the doorway at the rear, although i had neither a powerful torch or a ladder to venture any further to photograph it.
Yearby Icehouse
Yearby Icehouse
Some sort of ladder is needed if you want to get inside (or more importantly get back out afterwards)
Yearby Icehouse
Yearby Icehouse
There is a record of a hermit called Mick Plummer actually living here.

Grinkle Mine Sirocco Fanhouse

The site is on a public footpath, although its appear very rarely used as I lost the track several times.
Grinkle Boulby Sirocco Fanhouse
The fanhouse is beginning to collapse, compared with 70s photos where the concrete roof is straight and uncracked.
Grinkle Boulby Mine Sirocco fanhouse
Grinkle Boulby Sirocco Fanhouse
The building contains the decaying remains of the actual sirocco fan, which has now collapsed compared to the photo from the 70s when it still held its original shape and covered the holes to the right and left. The small room to the right contains concrete base which presumably held the motor for turning the fan.
Grinkle Boulby Mine Sirocco fanhouse
Grinkle Boulby Sirocco Fanhouse