As the price of gold continues to hit record highs, interest in finding it has grown despite the area's most experienced prospector admitting his biggest haul is a mere 11 pieces the size of a grain of sand....He does pass along the same caution that experienced prospectors usually give to cool off gold fever: the chances of making money off the hobby are slim. Best to do it for the fun.
Alf Henderson, 80, of Bowness-on-Windermere, has been hunting for gold for 40 years.
Now instead of just a handful of hardy hopefuls spending their spare time knee-deep in cold streams, he now finds himself joined by up to 40 people at a time....
The article includes this informative graph that compares gold to silver and the U.S. dollar index:
Also included is a map of the hot spots for panned gold in the U.K.