Gold Panning and Prospecting With Vincent Thurkettle

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Two Day Gold Panning Course

This course is ideal as an enjoyable introduction to the subject for those wanting to go gold panning, or as a unique and very special birthday, Christmas or retirement gift. Many people, however, come along simply to experience a couple of days as a gold prospector in the quiet and beautiful Mennock valley in southern Scotland.

Over the two days you will learn how gold finds its way into streams and rivers and the secrets to spotting where it lies hidden. We will also cover how to read the wider landscape looking for clues, and the best places to research promising locations. There’s a real knack to using a gold pan properly and this is practiced before we make our way to a gold-bearing stream where each person has the chance to hunt for their own gold! The course is suitable for people of all ages and is a lot of fun.

The courses are led by Vincent Thurkettle, who has over 30 years of gold panning experience and won the British Championships seven times - he was a World Champion in 2007.

For this year’s course details, or any other questions, please contact me at