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Access to Holme Bank Mine in doubt DCA has been warned that someone unknown has recently placed an extra padlock on the entrance to Holme Bank Mine, Bakewell in an attempt to prevent people accessing it using Mr. Oldfield's key.

Mr. Oldfield has been happy to allow access to the mine, asking only for a donation to a charity by people who use the key he continues to provide, so we have to assume he knows nothing of this new attempt to exclude cavers by placing an additional lock on the gate.

The mine is popular with instructed groups and also with cave divers, who use it as a training site, so DCA will be tackling this as a matter of urgency.  It is thought that the problem may be related to a dispute over ownership of the mine so, for the time being, it is probably best if groups avoid the site rather than risk stirring up further antagonism.  We will try to keep cavers informed while negotiations take place.

Jenny Potts,

DCA Hon. Sec.

Do NOT use bollards for East and West routes in Eldon Hole.

The Eldon Hole Ground anchors are being replaced by DCA and the bollards at the top of the East and West routes were partly cut through yesterday before the grinder battery ran out.

These two damaged bollards will be replaced completely within a couple of weeks but, for the time being, please avoid using them.

The North and South route ground anchors are OK

On the 18th September 2015, a group of volunteers from Crewe Climbing & Potholing Club, armed with loppers, chain saws and petrol driven strimmers, cleared back the vegetation at the caver's car park at Waterways Swallet. Looking after this site used to be the job of Melissa Milner, who sadly passed away recently. Upkeep of the site forms part of an access agreement between cavers and the Okeover Estate. Today's work party was organised by Heather Simpson.

Waterways Swallet is one of the top ten deepest caves in the Peak District caving area, but is (more or less) devoid of pitches. The result is a classic trip which is always satisfying, although care is needed in parts, and the cave should be avoided in very wet weather, especially if there is a stream flowing into the entrance.

The work there is now complete, special thanks to Pete Mellors and Pete Knight for spreading the hardcore on the parking spot. There is now space to park several vehicles safely off the road. Just one point of clarification: the National Trust own the Hole and cavers are NOT required to seek permission before making visits unless they plan to open a major dig there (the site is a SSSI!). NT would prefer that the existence of the parking spot is not widely advertised outside caving circles.