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A further visit to Eldon Hole was made today, and the remaining old bollards have now been removed and await transport away from the site. The single new bollard anchor that the DCA team installed last week on the West route appears to have set correctly and I've had reports that it has been satisfactorily used by the Eldon diggers. At this time there 's only the single bollard on the West route but it is hoped to install a second back up as soon as weather and volunteers allow.

The East route currently has no ground anchors so unfortunately this route is not safely passable for the time being. There are 3 new bollards in storage ready to be installed here. Weather and a bogged down Landrover last week forced the team to carry all the supplies up so the installation of the remaining anchors will need to wait for drier ground conditions. It is hoped that volunteers will come forward and we can get this project completed as soon as possible.

Please continue to check all safety anchors, bolt, bollard or other, as part of your safe caving practice and if in doubt, contact the DCA Equipment Projects team.

Pete Knight DCA Projects

Access to Holme Bank Mine in doubt DCA has been warned that someone unknown has recently placed an extra padlock on the entrance to Holme Bank Mine, Bakewell in an attempt to prevent people accessing it using Mr. Oldfield's key.

Mr. Oldfield has been happy to allow access to the mine, asking only for a donation to a charity by people who use the key he continues to provide, so we have to assume he knows nothing of this new attempt to exclude cavers by placing an additional lock on the gate.

The mine is popular with instructed groups and also with cave divers, who use it as a training site, so DCA will be tackling this as a matter of urgency.  It is thought that the problem may be related to a dispute over ownership of the mine so, for the time being, it is probably best if groups avoid the site rather than risk stirring up further antagonism.  We will try to keep cavers informed while negotiations take place.

Jenny Potts,

DCA Hon. Sec.

Do NOT use bollards for East and West routes in Eldon Hole.

The Eldon Hole Ground anchors are being replaced by DCA and the bollards at the top of the East and West routes were partly cut through yesterday before the grinder battery ran out.

These two damaged bollards will be replaced completely within a couple of weeks but, for the time being, please avoid using them.

The North and South route ground anchors are OK

On the 18th September 2015, a group of volunteers from Crewe Climbing & Potholing Club, armed with loppers, chain saws and petrol driven strimmers, cleared back the vegetation at the caver's car park at Waterways Swallet. Looking after this site used to be the job of Melissa Milner, who sadly passed away recently. Upkeep of the site forms part of an access agreement between cavers and the Okeover Estate. Today's work party was organised by Heather Simpson.

Waterways Swallet is one of the top ten deepest caves in the Peak District caving area, but is (more or less) devoid of pitches. The result is a classic trip which is always satisfying, although care is needed in parts, and the cave should be avoided in very wet weather, especially if there is a stream flowing into the entrance.