SK1383 : On the way up to the broken road below Mam Tor

taken 9 months ago, near to Castleton, Derbyshire, Great Britain

On the way up to the broken road below Mam Tor
On the way up to the broken road below Mam Tor
The landslide from Mam Tor originated at least 3,000 years ago and is recognised as one of the major land movements in the British Isles. The movements relate largely to periods of heavy rain.

In 1802 the Manchester & Sheffield Turnpike Company decided to by-pass the then road existing up Winnats Pass by constructing a new road at an easier gradient across the Mam Tor landslip. Since the construction of the road, major works were carried out in 1912, 1933, 1946, 1952 and 1966. On the last occasion the road was closed for six weeks.

The combination of a hot, dry summer in 1976 followed by heavy winter rains resulted in a major movement in February 1977. The 1977 movements resulted in major steps of two feet appearing in the carriageway, and further up an eight feet unsupported face was left adjacent to the uphill lane.

The road was patched and limited to a single lane over the affected area and kept open until 1979. In 1979 the road was closed to through traffic.

This is on the way up from Castleton and the broken road is further up the hill and around a bend - see LinkExternal link The first part of the road behind is kept maintained for access to Treak Cliff Cavern while beyond this point access is maintained only for access to Mam Farm, which is reached before the major subsidence.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 October, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 4 November, 2017
Geographical Context
Uplands  Roads, Road transport  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1342 8364 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.9689N 1:47.9921W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1342 8358
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