Derbyshire
Caving
Association

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

The next DCA Council meeting will be held online on the 27th of September.  The agenda is available on the Meetings page. Officer's reports will be available nearer the date.

The Derbyshire Caving Association is relaunching our SSSI Cave Monitoring Scheme.

To encourage cavers to take place we are running a new competion for full details see the announcement.

The latest issue (155) of the Derbyshire Caver is now available online.

  • Fitting Lids at Cussey Pot and Intake Dale Mine
  • The Intake Dale Mine Extensions
  • Odin Mine’s Grand Re-opening
  • Lid Repairs at JH
  • Eldon Hole Bones Recovery
  • DCRO Hauling Exercise at Eldon Hole
  • SSSI Monitoring Update

Previous issues from 75 onwards are also available thanks to the efforts of Mike Higgins.

ash dieback

Ash Dieback has been reported near various cave entrances across the UK and care needs to be taken as affected trees can become brittle and suddenly collapse, so think about those trees you use for belays and anchor points!

Ash Trees are native to British Limestone environments and with 80% projected to succumb to the disease so it may only be a matter of time before someone has an unpleasant surprise at a top of a pitch.

The effect of Ash Die Back (ADB) is beginning to manifest itself on the national caving scene and as a regional council, we need to think about this at our caving / mine sites.

Ash Dieback (the Woodland Trust)

As we say above, think about those sites that have trees where we belay to and take care. We also need local cavers and mine explorer’s who actually know the sites to report these sites to us and if required, we can undertake a closer inspection.

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A list of sites that need inspecting will be added to the site in due course.

The DCA Team

Access to minesAn open letter from Peter Knight following the recent increase in damge to mine entrances.

Please read.