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.

Update on Covid-19 & caving activities 1/6/2020

Updated 1/6/2020

The DCA have been asked for advice on returning to caving and we felt that we should update cavers on the current local situation. We are not here to police caving or advise one way or the other. What we have chosen to do is to lay out some of the facts as they currently are and highlight any information from relevant bodies or organisations.

A statement from the DCApdf

The DCA is scheduled to have a council meeting on Sat 6th June 2020. This meeting has been cancelled  because of the current COVID-19 restrictions. We hope to hold the scheduled October Council meeting, and will make an announcement nearer the time.

We may not be undertaking activities in and around Derbyshire but your officers are still working in the background on a couple of projects.  An officers meeting was held  in April to discuss BCA issues and we will hold further meetings as required,  prior to our next open council meeting

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact me via the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minutes from the 2020 AGM and February Council Meeting are now available here.

The DCA AGM and Council meeting will be held on the 22nd February in Monyash Village Hall starting as 10am. All welcome.

For details see here

It has been reported to DCA that the fixed ropes on the up pitches in Eldon Hole are in a poor state with a number of damaged sections. A group that was in there today have managed to isolate the damage and re-rigged the pitch as best they could with the original rope to remove the immediate danger, but a new rope will be needed here as soon as possible.

The DCA does not install and maintain any fixed ropes, so we would not be in a position to offer any rope for this. If anyone knows the length of rope that would be required to replace the in-situ one, then that would be good information to have though.

We are contacting the team of DCA anchor installers to see if we can review the anchor placements in this area and potentially install further resin anchors to remove the rub points if possible.

Visits to this area of Eldon Hole should be undertaken with extreme caution in the short term and with great care for the formations in this area at all times.

Pete Knight, DCA Projects Officer