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

Eyam Dale House Cave has been out of action for the last few years, the late John Beck used to administer access and provide a key to cavers when they called at Glebe Cottage. John's death and the change of ownership of Eyam Dale House, meant a new access agreement had to be arranged. The new owner wasn't living in the village so reaching him was troublesome but Eyam resident, Ian Smith managed to get a note to him, I managed to reach him and negotiated the new access agreement via email. Access was to be from Eyam Dale below and the lid had to be secured, without bothering the landowner for the key.

It's SSSI cave monitoring time again - 2017! See SSSI Monitoring Surveys site for details….

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.

  1. Cave with care and thought for the environment.
  2. Disturb nothing whether living or geological.
  3. Avoid touching formations.
  4. Keep to marked routes and never cross conservation tapes.
  5. Take nothing but photographs.
  6. Do not pollute the cave, leave nothing behind.

Two posters for display are available.

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.

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