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

The latest issue of 'The Derbyshire Caver' now available online and in colour.

From the Peak Cavern key holders

We have had a report that the bung ladder may be damaged and unusable and people should plan their trips accordingly. The bottom two rungs are missing and until the water levels recede it is difficult to determine the stability of the remaining rungs.

We are closely monitoring the water levels and will do our best to get accurate and up to date information on the condition of the ladder as soon as it is available.

You can still safely visit either end of the Bung ladder by whatever route you choose to get there.

The lastest DCA Information Circular is now available, as are the minutes for the DCA AGM and Council meetings held on the 24th February.

The lastest DCA Information Circular is now available here, including news of anchor issues in JH.

The next DCA Council Meeting is on Saturday 28th October in Monyash Village Hall.

Warning issued to the general public

Update 20th Oct 2017 by the Conservation and Access Team

Due to having found rock instability at the head of the Far pitch / 3rd pitch in the Rigging Guide of Suicide Cave in Winnats Pass and the ease of accessibility of this cave to the general public, it was felt necessary by the DCA to warn the public about this instability.

To achieve this Pete Knight and Christine Wilson have placed 3 horizontal chains and a warning notice at the back of the main chamber, before the climb up over the rocks. The National Trust, who are the landowners and Natural England, are in full knowledge of the situation and have given DCA permission to do what is necessary to safeguard the public at this venue. The chains could be a temporary measure and gating at the point may be deemed necessary, but we shall up date you on this if this decision is taken!

Entry by cavers is still be permitted, as before and will remain so, as the the National Trust entrusts us, as cavers, to have the knowledge and judgement to recognise and identify the hazards in this system and act accordingly. The chains allow for an easier access on the bottom left hand side.

We shall appreciate any monitoring of the venue with regard to SSSI status, vandalism, rubbish and/ or further instability.

Any Queries: Please contact anyone within the Conservation and Access Team