Derbyshire Caving Association Information Circular 2001/3, April 2001


DCA Council Meeting : Saturday, 28 April, 10am. Monyash Village Hall

Please note that we have checked and it is confirmed that we are welcome in the Village.

The Hall will be open from about 9.30am. with tea, coffee & biscuits on tap. The Old Smithy Cafe, next to the Pub, does an excellent breakfast from 9am.

Meetings for the rest of the year - all at 10am at Monyash Village Hall.

Council Meetings for 2001: Saturday 21 July, Saturday 10 November. AGM 2002: Saturday, 16 February


Remember that there is no access to any caves or mines reached by using a public footpath, bridleway or to any caves at the roadside near farmland or where stock graze, e.g. Winnats Pass. You are asked not to drive along gated roads if they can be avoided, (e.g. the Perryfoot to Peak Forest road). The Tissington, Cromford & High Peak and Manifold Railway Trails were opened to the public again on the 7th. April and the Millers Dale Bridge is once more accessible for SRT training (but you must have a licence). National Trust and other landowners, may be opening up access but you will need to check each site individually as it may depend on recent suspected or confirmed cases of Foot & Mouth to the west of the Peak District in Cheshire and Staffordshire. Government advice recently publicised on countryside access is:

The outline below is as up-to-date as possible but it may change in the near future it there are outbreaks in or near the Peak District - please keep checking.

Useful websites:,,,

If you find any differences, please notify Jenny Potts: Tel. 01335-370629 or e-mail. jenny.potts @ as soon as possible so that the news can be passed on. Alternatively, check with Tony Gibbs on 01709-559858 or e-mail. t.gibbs @ Any access will be as per current standard practice where there are normally restrictions. The list below is given in order of the areas listed in the DCA Handbook.

Alderley Edge
All sites closed - National Trust property.

Bradwell Area
Bagshawe Cavern is open for booked trips. (There will be a charge, as usual.)
No access to any sites on farmland or on Bradwell Moor, such as Long Rake.

Buxton & River Wye Area
Blackwell Dale Cave open. (Usual contact for the key.)
All sites on or near farmland closed.

Ashford/Bakewell Area
Ashford Marble Mine, Holme Bank Chert Mine, both closed as they are on Chatsworth Estates land.

Castleton Area
Peak Cavern is open for booked parties, Sundays only. (Access arranged by contacting John Beck, as usual.)
No access to caves on open land at the sides of Winnats Pass or to Odin Mine, which are on National Trust property, or to any cave on open land or farmland in the area. So no access to Eldon, Giants, J.H., Maskhill, Oxlow, Nettle, P.8, Rowter, etc.

Lathkill / Monyash Area
No access to any caves on farmland or in Lathkill Dale.

Magnesian (Permian Belt)
Herne Hill Caves, Maltby are open - they are in the supermarket car park.

Cadeby Pot, Conisbrough access is OK if the approach is from the Cadeby village road (North).
Cadeby Cave, however, is in the grounds of the Earth Centre in a quarry on land grazed by rare breed species goats; so this is no go at the moment.
Nearcliff Wood Rift Cave access is OK.
Creswell Crags caves, Pleasley Vale caves, all closed.

Manifold Area
Access OK for caves by the roadside or in the river bed, e.g. Ladyside, if they can be reached without crossing farmland or footpaths.
No access to any caves in the Valley reached by following footpaths or by going on to farmland.

Matlock Area
Public footpaths in the Matlock Bath area are closed, with the exception of a few which are actually metalled and which are used by local people for access to shops, school, etc. The situation is confused and the local countryside rangers are attempting to rationalise things. There are restrictions on the top footpath at Lovers' Walks.
Dido's is open - the footpath along the east side of the river, reached by the footbridges should be open. Youd's Level is open together with any other sites reached directly from the roadside, e.g. Spinney Level and Long Tor Grotto.
Devonshire Mine, Jug Holes and other sites reached by a public footpaths are closed. Via Gellia sites reached by footpaths are closed.

Stoney Middleton Area
Carleswark, Merlins, Layby, Ivy Green Cave, etc. in the scrubland along the roadside in the dale itself are open.
Eyam Dale House Cave is open. (Key from the residential care home - see DCA Handbook, p. 2:16)

No access to any caves reached by public footpaths from the dale, so Streaks Upper and Yoga Hole are closed.
No access to to Waterfall Hole or any of the caves near farmland on the Foolow to Eyam road.


Problems are being caused by unauthorised mineral collectors who are stripping mines, in particular Wapping Mine, which is an SSSI, of the very mineral specimens which gave it this status. English Nature had provided some notices warning. that removal of mineral specimens from an SSSI is a criminal offence and DCA will be helping to place these notices at appropriate points.


As a trial run in place of caving based events, NCA has organised two all day SRT skills clinics at venues in Leeds on Easter Saturday 14 April and in Stoke on Trent on 21 April. The clinics will be free EXCEPT FOR cost of entry and are designed for persons with some experience with SRT. Please book (first come first served) in advance by contacting

Tony Flanagan on tony @ for Leeds on 14th April
Dave Edwards on dave-edwards @ for Stoke on Trent on 21st April

Further details can be found on NCA's web site or by contacting Bob Mehew on finance @ Depending upon the reception to these events, NCA is making plans to run some more events. Please keep in touch with NCA's web site at for more information.


8 April 2001

Hon. Sec./Treas., Jenny Potts, 3 Greenway, Hulland Ward, Ashbourne, Derbys. DE6 3FE. Tel. 01335-370629
E-m: jenny.potts @