The latest news concerning caving in the Peak District and the DCA. National caving news can be found on the BCA website.

The work there is now complete, special thanks to Pete Mellors and Pete Knight for spreading the hardcore on the parking spot. There is now space to park several vehicles safely off the road. Just one point of clarification: the National Trust own the Hole and cavers are NOT required to seek permission before making visits unless they plan to open a major dig there (the site is a SSSI!). NT would prefer that the existence of the parking spot is not widely advertised outside caving circles.

The dig in Eldon Hole is going well with plenty of willing hands on the job and technology being brought to the problem of the construction of a timber and scaffold shaft. This aims to stabilize the route through from the foot of the Main Shaft into the Main Chamber and also hopes to reach the deep shaft believed to exist which continues from the base of the Main Chamber, eventually reaching running water at some unspecified depth.

A full report on the project and the progress to date was put before the DCA Council Meeting on 20th June and we approved the application for funding the project up to the £1000 applied for. The funding will be paid in stages on completion of the work and presentation of receipts.

The fallen boulder, which blocked the entrance to Axe Hole, was “persuaded into fragments” and then removed by the efforts of a number of cavers. At the request of the farmer the hole has now been capped by an unlocked grid which will prevent his cattle falling into the hole. There is no intention to lock this grid or install a bolt to secure access.

Work is still ongoing to stabilise the shaft and restore access. We'll try to keep you informed on progress.

The DCA Council Meeting of 20th June has approved in principle the placement of PB bolts on the Assault Course in Peak Cavern. This will take some time to organise but work should start later this year.