The latest news concerning caving in the Peak District and the DCA. National caving news can be found on the BCA website.
Cave Conservation - new publications
Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines
The BCA has published Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines, these detail the measures that cavers should take to reduce our impact on caves when on purely recreational trips and when exploring new ground (including digs)..
Cave Conservation Code
The Cave Conservation Code provide an easily remembered set of principles that when followed will help us preserve the underground world.
- Cave with care and thought for the environment.
- Disturb nothing whether living or geological.
- Avoid touching formations.
- Keep to marked routes and never cross conservation tapes.
- Take nothing but photographs.
- Do not pollute the cave, leave nothing behind.
Two posters for display are available.
New Online Access Guide
Introducing the online Peak District Access Guide and Cave Registry. This guide has been colated from the late John Beck's Peak District Cave Registry in combination with the access information and rigging diagrams from the DCA Peak District Access and Rigging Guide, last published in 2012, with appropriate updates.
The guide allows cave details to be found by name or location. The location can be specified as a place name or by selecting a point on a map.
The guide software has kindly supplied by Matt Voysey, who wrote it originally for the Mendips Cave Registry, and has adapted it for the DCA requirements. Wayne Sheldon prepared the data for the guide with assistance from Angus Sawyer.
The DCA will endevour to keep the guide upto date, feedback, corrections and additions are welcome and can be submitted using feedbacks forms linked from each cave entry.
Holme Bank Mine access update
Chatsworth are taking up the apparent dispute with the owner of Holme Hall over access to the bottom entrance to the Mine. In the meantime DCA understands that applications to visit the Mine should continue to be made as usual to Oldfield Design and that for divers and others access will be allowed via Entrance No. 2 known as Smiths Level.
Parking should be as discreet as possible and on no account should the bridleway or the driveway to Holme Hall be obstructed.
However, Smiths Level cannot be used for Wheelchair Access and it is not yet clear whether access via that route is approved by the Mine Inspector for instructed parties.
Jenny Potts, DCA Hon. Sec
Eldon Hole update -10th February 2016
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
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.
DCA Hon. Sec.