We have many explanatory boards both inside the Visitor Centre and dotted around the old mine to explain the history of the area.


The Bog was once a thriving village with over 200 buildings. Now only a few remain, including the Visitor Centre which is based in the old school. Details of people who lived here are recorded in the copies of the Census which are held at The Bog, along with a remembrance panel for those who went to the Second World War. Many people visit looking up their forbears and as the centre is run by local volunteers there is often a local memory which helps with the written details


The Bog was that - very boggy until the Boat level drain was cut to take away a lot of the water. All the processes associated with lead and barytes mining were carried out here at one stage, although later ore was shipped down the valley by an aerial runway which features in a Malcolm Saville novel Seven White Gates.

The mine at The Bog and the adjacent Stiperstones outcrop are the result of geological movement - at one stage it had the sea to the west! Over time movement of tectonic plates landed up here, and then the movement of the earth crumpled the layers - of which the softer parts were worn away.


When mining stopped it left a variety of habitats which have not been disturbed for further development. Old buildings have become home to nesting birds, bats have roosted in old mine tunnels, the old reservoirs and ponds have become an aquatic haven, while old gardens have become colonised and allowed cultivated plants to escape into the wild.