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.

A new bolt has been fitted to Jugholes lower adit today (5/4/2014). Take a spanner, you have been warned!

DCA have replaced deteriorating anchors on the upstream pitches beyond Down in the Sewer in Winnats Head Cave with new anchors under the BCA Anchor Scheme (see topo). All the new anchors have stainless steel maillons attached to limit corrosion. Note that DCA is not responsible for any ropes attached.

This will added to the DCA Handbook revisions section of this site.

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Change to access arrangements for Peak Cavern/Speedwell system.

The website for access guidelines and trip availability can be found at www.peakspeedwell.info

The Peak keyholders would prefer it if cavers could use the website and the following emails:

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Alan Brentnall - 01663 746476 will take the calls for anybody who doesn't have email and would like to book a trip.

Jenny Potts, DCA Hon. Secretary.

Note that this will added to the DCA Handbook revisions section of this site.

Yesterday, following the incident of interference with the abseil rope to Sidetrack Cave in Eldon Quarry by persons unknown, Jules Barratt and Bob Dearman have put in three new BP anchors. Two of the anchors were installed in the solid slab adjacent to the existing rusty bolt to facilitate a Y hang. The other was placed as a re-belay 10ft down the cliff in the only bit of structurally solid limestone they could find. This means that the rope between the Y hang and the re-belay should be kept as tight as possible so that in the unlikely event of the single re-belay bolt failing the load would come immediately onto the top Y hang. However, if the rigging at the top is interfered with it is unlikely that anyone would climb down over easy but dubious rock to unclip the re-belay thus leaving visitors to the cave on the bench below a good measure of protection for the ascent back to the top of the quarry. Also it would be a good idea for anyone abseiling down to tightly tie off the bottom of the rope to one of the many boulders lying on the bench to prevent it being pulled up. A reminder that cavers should continue to comply with the arrangements made for access to Eldon Quarry - (See below.)

Jenny Potts, DCA Hon. Secretary.

Note that this will be added to the DCA Handbook revisions section of this site.

On Dec. 2nd a caving party reported sewage pollution in Youds Level.

The exit from the Youd's Level comes up in the childrens' playground next to the river in Matlock Bath and the raw sewage is being discharged straight into the river.

This had been an ongoing problem for many years and action was taken earlier this year to remedy the situation. However, clearly this has not solved the problem and DCA has again notified appropriate authorities and requested urgent action as this is a public health issue.

We'll keep you informed of progress as far as we can.

Regards, Jenny Potts.