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

DCA is pleased to announce the revival of the Peak District Cave Exploration Prize.

white river cw
© Paul Deakin

The competition will follow a similar format as before with the winners receiving 200m of Gleistein 9mm rope.  An additional prize for 2022 has generously been donated by Derbyshire Geotechnical Ltd, comprising a Roughneck 27” round point micro shovel, a 1lb micro pick and 15” mattock and a 1lb micro cutter and 15” mattock. The winner will be the caver or team of cavers who find the most new cave at a single site, by digging, diving or climbing, within the Peak District caving area during the calendar year. If nothing is found, the prize will be carried forward to the next calendar year. The prize will be awarded on an annual basis.

DCA would like to thank Tony Seddon of Starless River for supplying the rope to us at a discount.


The rules are available for download and online (read more below).

The next DCA AGM and Council meeting will be held online on the 21st of February.  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