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The entrances of the Brandy Bottle inclined adits are now collapsed and difficult to locate. They were driven in the early 1800s to work the Friarfold Vein, a major east-northeast–west-southwest vein, the outcrop of which, a short distance up the valley from these dumps, is marked by an almost continuous line of old spoil heaps and small shafts.
 
The entrances of the Brandy Bottle inclined adits are now collapsed and difficult to locate. They were driven in the early 1800s to work the Friarfold Vein, a major east-northeast–west-southwest vein, the outcrop of which, a short distance up the valley from these dumps, is marked by an almost continuous line of old spoil heaps and small shafts.
  
Excellent specimens of several minerals may be collected from the Brandy Bottle dumps. Baryte occurs here in the chisel-shaped crystal form noted earlier, as well as in the characteristic 'cockscomb' variety. Colourless or yellowish-white fluorite may also be found. White radiating crystalline strontianite and yellowish-white compact or radiating crystalline witherite are also present. Some blocks of rather cavernous baryte contain small sprays of colourless '''hemimorphite''' crystals. Rarer minerals which have also been found here include '''cinnabar''', as vivid vermilion-red earthy patches, and beautiful turquoise-blue '''aurichalcite'''.
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Excellent specimens of several minerals may be collected from the Brandy Bottle dumps. Baryte occurs here in the chisel-shaped crystal form noted earlier, as well as in the characteristic 'cockscomb' variety. Colourless or yellowish-white fluorite may also be found. White radiating crystalline strontianite and yellowish-white compact or radiating crystalline witherite are also present. Some blocks of rather cavernous baryte contain small sprays of colourless hemimorphite crystals. Rarer minerals which have also been found here include cinnabar, as vivid vermilion-red earthy patches, and beautiful turquoise-blue aurichalcite.
  
 
Return to Level House Bridge and follow the track westwards.
 
Return to Level House Bridge and follow the track westwards.
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=== Locality 9 [NY 9520 0140] ===
 
=== Locality 9 [NY 9520 0140] ===
  
The track follows the extensive spreads of spoil from old workings on Old Rake and North Rake. Specimens of all the minerals so far mentioned may be found in these heaps. In addition, a little bright green '''pyromorphite''', a rather uncommon mineral in North Yorkshire, may be found locally.
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The track follows the extensive spreads of spoil from old workings on Old Rake and North Rake. Specimens of all the minerals so far mentioned may be found in these heaps. In addition, a little bright green pyromorphite, a rather uncommon mineral in North Yorkshire, may be found locally.
  
 
Continue uphill to where the track begins its descent into Gunnerside Gill.
 
Continue uphill to where the track begins its descent into Gunnerside Gill.

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