Image: Lucy Chippindale
There’s darkness at the end of this abandoned mine tunnel.
Outside there is sunlight and greenery and gentle breezes, but down here it is dark, damp and musty. Tunnels snake off around unlit corners, and no one knows for sure what lurks in the darkness. It’s an unnerving feeling being seemingly so far away from the world above. Fortunately for us, though, we’re only visitors – and vicarious ones at that – here out of interest rather than necessity. Yet it was a very different story for those who once labored here, mining for the minerals that were – and still are – so plentiful in this region.