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.

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In England from the 29th March 2021, Step 1b of the Government Roadmap is reached, the next stage of lockdown easing is now with us:

  • The Rule of Six and Outdoor Sport is allowed:
  • You will be able to leave your home as often as you wish but you are still encouraged to stay local which is advice only.
  • It does urge you to limit the number of journeys and avoid the busiest times and routes.
  • The restrictions limit outdoor meetings to six people or two households.
  • Overnight stays are still not permitted.
  • Club Huts within the region may start a phased re-opening, but please consult your club for updated information.
  • Please remember to cave within your abilities and avoid taking unnecessary risks as cave rescue teams are ultimately volunteers and we do not want to put too much pressure on these teams.
  • Several villages within the Peak District may still not be comfortable with large numbers of visitors coming in and areas becoming too crowded. We should continue to be considerate and try to avoid certain honeypot areas for the time being.
  • If cave or mine sites have cavers there already when you arrive, consider going elsewhere to avoid the unnecessary mixing of households at this time.

Specific access information for certain sites within the Peak District can be found within the cave registry (www.peakdistrictcaving.info) and will be updated as and when required.

The updated government guidance can be found at: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary

The latest issue (154) of the Derbyshire Caver is now available online.

  • The Great Perryfoot Car-park Clean-up
  • Slitherstones Mine Capping Jobs
  • The Backwater Aven Discovery
  • Pilkington’s 1789 Grand Underground Tour of Castleton
  • Eldon Quarry Access
  • Covid, Caving and Bats
  • Intake Dale Mine Repairs

Previous issues from 89 onwards are also available thanks to the efforts of Mike Higgins.

The 2021 DCA AGM and Council meeting will be held online on the 22nd February starting as 7:30pm. All welcome.

For details see here

UPDATED 16/09/2020

An online council meeting will take place on the 28th September from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  The agenda and officer's reports are available. Details for joining will be published shortly.

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