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=== Locality 5 [NY 9665 0064] ===
 
=== Locality 5 [NY 9665 0064] ===
  
A short detour leads to the large spoil heap adjacent to Ashpot Gutter at the entrance of Victoria Level, a prospecting level begun in 1860 to test the Watersykes Veins. These veins carried '''calcite''', baryte and galena which can be found on the dumps. An intergrowth of witherite and strontianite known locally as 'water spar' was also found here, though specimens are very difficult to find today.
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A short detour leads to the large spoil heap adjacent to Ashpot Gutter at the entrance of Victoria Level, a prospecting level begun in 1860 to test the Watersykes Veins. These veins carried calcite, baryte and galena which can be found on the dumps. An intergrowth of witherite and strontianite known locally as 'water spar' was also found here, though specimens are very difficult to find today.
  
 
Return to the main Hard Level Gill track and continue upstream.
 
Return to the main Hard Level Gill track and continue upstream.
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=== Locality 7 [NY 9640 0140] ===
 
=== Locality 7 [NY 9640 0140] ===
  
Northwest of Level House Bridge the stream is known as Flincher Gill. Between the bridge and Level House it runs on a flat rock bed formed of the Main Chert. Immediately upstream from Level House the valley is crossed by Old Rake Vein, one of the area's main east-northeast–west-southwest trending veins. The course of this is marked particularly in the west by an enormous opencast hush. Hushes are characteristic features of the northern Pennine orefields. They are large opencast workings in part excavated by using torrents of water released from specially constructed reservoirs high on the hillsides. Dumps from levels driven eastwards into Old Rake, and a little further along the track into North Rake, contain a little galena and sphalerite with much baryte. Pale brown 'dry bone' '''smithsonite''' is present locally. Continue up the track to a ford beyond which there are large dumps derived from the Brandy Bottle Incline.
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Northwest of Level House Bridge the stream is known as Flincher Gill. Between the bridge and Level House it runs on a flat rock bed formed of the Main Chert. Immediately upstream from Level House the valley is crossed by Old Rake Vein, one of the area's main east-northeast–west-southwest trending veins. The course of this is marked particularly in the west by an enormous opencast hush. Hushes are characteristic features of the northern Pennine orefields. They are large opencast workings in part excavated by using torrents of water released from specially constructed reservoirs high on the hillsides. Dumps from levels driven eastwards into Old Rake, and a little further along the track into North Rake, contain a little galena and sphalerite with much baryte. Pale brown 'dry bone' smithsonite is present locally. Continue up the track to a ford beyond which there are large dumps derived from the Brandy Bottle Incline.
  
 
=== Locality 8 [NY 9600 0190] ===
 
=== Locality 8 [NY 9600 0190] ===

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