Heights of Abraham
Heights of Abraham

Tinker's Shaft

The spectacular viewing platform provides an opportunity to imagine Masson Hill as it once was... a hive of industrial activity. Beneath is the mine shaft and a vertical drop into the Great Masson Cavern!

For hundreds of years part of our estate on Masson Hill was a hive of industrial activity and lead mining. This created a unique landscape and habitat which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, an (SSSI).

Now, from the spectacular location of the new Tinker's Shaft viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern, you can experience the changes that have taken place over the centuries. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!