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The Derbyshire Caver

latest coverThe Derbyshire Caver is the Newsletter of the DCA.

Annual subscription for 4 issues posted to you: £10.00

Published quarterly. Price £2 a copy.  (Over the counter in the Mining Museum at Matlock Bath and the Old Smithy café at Monyash.)

 Previous editions of recent newsletters are available below.

pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 153 - Spring 2020
  • The British Caving Library
  • The Longcliffe Litter Bugs
  • The Lure of the Hole - Recording Sounds Underground
  • Orchard Sough, Snitterton
  • Obituary - Steve Thompson
  • Carbohydrates and Caving
  • Snelslow Swallet Clean-up
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 152 - Autumn 2019
  • The Wardlow Sough Adit Restoration Project
  • Removing Fresh Graffiti in Cumberland Cavern
  • The Nixon’s Aven Dig
  • The AƗ Passage Dig in Far Sump Extension
  • The Early Days of Giants Hole Exploration
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 151 - Spring 2019
  • The Ecton Mine adit restoration project
  • The Longcliffe Mine shaft‐top grille epic hauling trip
  • David Jackson Obituary
  • Changing more lightbulbs in Speedwell Cavern
  • ‘Newish’ caves in the Wormhill area
  • Highlighting damage done to gated mines and the access implications
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 150 - Winter 2018/2019
  • Gunpowder blasting in Cromford Sough
  • The late Dave Williams
  • John Gunn on the new British Cave Monitoring Centre
  • The late Gordon Parkin by Bob Dearman
  • Andrew Chamberlain analyses the animal bones from Bull Pit
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 149 - Autumn 2018
  • Jim Lister on the Ink Sump project 
  • DCRO and the Tham Luang rescue – an account by Bill Whitehouse 
  • Alan Brentnall – repairs at The Bung and at Whalfe climbing shaft
  • Rubbish removal from Peak Resurgence Sump by Tim Webber
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 148 - Spring 2018
  • Magnets in clothing
  • Block Hall – an exploration history
  • Longcliffe update Peak Cavern – water levels at Halfway House
  • Giants Hole – water, rope and irony
  • Derbyshire Caving Association Officers 2018/19
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 147 - Winter 2017/2018
  • Peak District Diving 2017
  • DCRO call outs 2017
  • Francis Boyd Potts
  • Suicide Cave – Improving Stability
  • Wadworth Woods – Sinks in the Magnesian Limestone
  • Bats: Autumn Swarming in the Via Gellia
  • Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 146 - Autumn 2017
  • CO2 in the Monyash Area
  • The Bottomless Pit – Water Depth and Water Tracing
  • Mouldridge Gate Replacement
  • Access Controlling Bodies, CO2 and the HSW Act
  • Freshers’ Meet (it was only short)
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 145 - Summer 2017
  • DCRO call outs 2017
  • Can you Cut Rope With a Household Jet Washer?
  • A Meeting With Dr Trevor Ford OBE
  • A Day in the Life of a Speleologist
  • Kirkland Shaft – a New Entrance to Devonshire
  • SUSS in the Sixties
  • Air Quality Readings 2017
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 144 - Spring 2017
  • Peak District Dives 2016/17
  • Giants-Oxlow-Giants 1966
  • Thoughts on Jet Washing Caving Ropes
  • DCA Member Clubs 1974 & 2014
  • Merlin Streamway Between the Sumps
  • Cave Atmosphere Readings 2016
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 143 - Winter 2016/2017
  • DCRO Call Outs
  • Work of the Underground Conservation Forum
  • Eyam Dale House Cave
  • Cave Life of the Year – Food for Thought
  • Holme Bank Chert Mine
  • DCA Cave/Mine Conservation Plans
  • Recent Finds of Bones in the Peak/Speedwell System
  • Restoration of the Ecton Dressing Shed Wall
  • The Not So Secret Life of Bats
  • Damage to Stalactites in Giants Hole .
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 142 - Autumn 2016
  • Peak District Dives 2016
  • Eurospelio2016 Peak Camp Diary
  • A tall tale by Bob Leakey
  • A Shot In The Dark – My Life In Films part 2
  • Bagshaw Cavern in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Ten things every caver should do
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 141 - Summer 2016
  • Peak District Dives 2016
  • DCRO Call Outs
  • A Shot In The Dark – My Life In Films
  • Peak Cavern – Victoria Aven
  • Bradwell Catchment Symposium
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 140 - Spring 2016
  • How to Repair a Hole in a Field
  • Diving In P8
  • DCA Project Officer’s Report
  • Eldon Hole - A History of Exploration
  • Crewe CPC SRT Training
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 139 - Winter 2015/2016
  • The Longcliffe Project
  • Cliffhanger 2015
  • Alabaster Sough
  • The Steam Room
  • Lathkill Resurgence Cave
  • DCA Online Access Guide
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 138 - Autumn 2015
  • DCRO Call Outs
  • Farewell Mel
  • Work in Peak Cavern 1963/64
  • Prospects in the Manifold and Hamps Valleys
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 137 - Summer 2015
  • Vale – Brian Webb
  • Waterfall Hole Car Park
  • Buttered Badgers’ Rowter Hole Project
  • Hungerhill Swallet – the 1986/87 dig
  • Ecton Mines Engine House
  • Air Monitoring
  • Starvehouse Mine
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 136 - Spring 2015
  • Farewell John
  • DCRO Call Outs
  • Memories of Paul Deakin
  • DCA Projects
  • Peak Cavern Clean-up
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 135 - Autumn 2014
  • Farewell Keith
  • DCRO Call Outs
  • Cliffhanger 2014
  • Coalpithole Shaft 10
  • Lids and Gates
  • White Hall Centre
  • Winnats Head Cave – new anchors
  • Reynards Kitchen
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 134 - Spring 2014
  • Vale - Peter Higgins
  • Farewell Ralph
  • DCRO Call Outs
  • Peak District News
  • Entrance Improvements in Hamps and Manifold
  • Peak Cavern’s Surprise View Sump Enigma
  • Stabilisation of Whalf Climbing Shaft
  • An appeal from Pete Knight, DCA Projects Officer
  • A Visit to Poole’s Cavern in 1794
  • DCRO Gautries Rescue - A Wife’s Tale!
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 133 - Winter 2012/2013
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Dowsing at Water Icicle Close Cavern
  • Giles Barker Award for Dave Webb
  • Masson Scrubbers
  • Darfar PC Activities in the Manifold / Hamps Area
  • Wapping Mine Tidy-up  Photos
  • Re-opening Boulder Pot
  • Bad Air in Peak District Caves
  • An Article on Fracking
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 132 - Winter 2012
  • DCA Goes To CLIFFHANGER 2011
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Snow Covers Titan's Shaft
  • Dunsley Springs Level Clean-up
  • A Crimbo Pressie
  • Titan Dig Site Landscaped
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 131 - Spring 2010
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Serious Damage in Giants Hole
  • Breakthrough in Water Icicle Close Cavern
  • Tears All Round
  • Clatterway Levels and Sough
  • Long Rake Mine - Danger!
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 130 - Winter 2009
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Festival of Outdoor Learning
  • Knotlow Cavern Pollution Records Update
  • Lands End to John O'Groats by Bike for DCRO
  • Longstone Edge Saved
  • Orpheus CC Extensions and New Cave in Dove, Lathkill and Manifold Areas
  • DCA at "Cliffhanger 2009"
  • Long Rake Mine - Danger!
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 129 - Autumn 2008
  • News From Around the Peak
  • DCA at "Cliffhanger - 2008"
  • Conservation Efforts Double-up at Jugholes!
  • Orpheus CC Digging News
  • Lathkill Garden Path Access Procedure
  • Clatterway Levels and Sough
  • The Bagshawe Cavern Entrance Stope Project
  • AALA Safety Alert: Gas Hazrds Notice
  • Masson Caving Group 30th Anniversary Celebrations...
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 128 - Spring 2008
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Spray Can Cowboys
  • Bradwell Dale and Bagshawe Cavern Clean-up
  • Darfar Crag Swallet
  • Rowter Hole Re-capping Project
  • Top Entrance for Riverside Swallet
  • Owlet Hole Mine
  • Shaft on New Rake Fencing Project
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 127 - Winter 2007
  • The Treatment of Old Lead Mine Shafts
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Discoveries at Darfar Pot
  • Double Trouble Dig
  • Progress at Democratic Dig, Crowdecote
  • Photos of Orpheus Digs
  • Plantation Swallet
  • Knotlow Pollution Situation
  • Knotlow Cavern Pollution Records
  • P8 Rescue
  • It Shouldn't Happen to an OAP!
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 126 - Summer 2007
  • Vale - Roy Paulson
  • Peak Cavern Round-up
  • News From Around the Peak
  • 30 Years Ago
  • Photos of Slop Moll Repairs
  • Photos of Stile Repairs
  • Re-opening of Plantation Swallet
  • DCA/BCA Cavers Workshop March 10th & 11th 2007
  • Recent Natural England/DCA Conservation Work
  • Conservation Work in Ashford Black Marble Mine
  • Re-opening of Moonmilk Pot
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 125 - Autumn 2006
  • Car Park for P8
  • Peak Cavern Round-up
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Work at Knotlow Hillocks Complex
  • Work in Manifold Valley
  • Hidden Earth 2006
  • Dowse Hole Clean-up
  • "Fight for Life" DVD .
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 124 - Spring 2006
  • Peak Cavern Round-up
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Owl Hole Dig Update
  • Caver and Bat Workshop
  • Caver Killed While Digging
  • New "Caves of the Peak District"
  • Old Tor Mine Clean-up
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 123 - Autumn 2005
  • Peak Cavern Round-up
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Re-opening Hungerhill Swallet
  • Knotlow Pollution Logger
  • New "Caves of the Peak District"
  • Conserving Bats in Underground Sites
  • Cave Conservation in Manifold Valley
  • "Deepest Highest" and Challenge Cancer
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 122 - Spring 2005
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Dave Edwards Obituary
  • Common Sense and "Working at Heights" Regulations
  • New Discoveries in Waterways Swallet
  • Continuing Pollution in Knotlow Cavern
  • New Vehicle for DCRO #
  • SSSI Round-up
  • Snelslow Clean-up - The Sequel
  • Hamps and Manifold Cave and Mine Conservation Audit
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 121 - Winter 2004
  • Peak Cavern Round-up
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Latest Discoveries in Owl Ho|e
  • Derbys. Cavers Take The Challenge
  • Dave Edwards
  • The Speedwell "Miner's Toast'
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 120 - Summer 2004
  • Peak Cavern Round-up
  • DCA Wins Greenwatch Award
  • News From Around the Peak
  • Reply to Ralph Johnson's Article
  • Knotlow Pollution Records Personal Tribute to Tony Reynolds
  • Vale Robert Farmer
  • Luntor Pot - Discovery and Exploration
  • Cave Art and Archaeology
  • Hidden Earth 2004
  • The Lead Legacy
  • BCA Logo Competition
  • China Caves Project Weekend
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 119 - Spring 2004
  • News From Around the Peak
  • P8 Layby Parking for Cavers
  • DCRO New Vehicle Appea1
  • The End of Club Caving as We Know it?
  • Some Caving Definitions
  • DCA/NCA Cavers Wokshop
  • Snelslow Swallet Clean-up
  • Audit of Archaeological Caves
  • Cave Conservation Monitoring Scheme
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 118 - Autumn 2003
  • Peak Cavern Round-up
  • Other News from around the Peak
  • Calf Pingle Mine, Eyam
  • DCRO Launch New Vehicle Appeal
  • DCRO Call Outs Last Year
  • Mineral Collecting and Conservatiion
  • Cavers and Mineral Collecting
  • Cave Video - Part 2 Video Lighting
  • Applause for the Cause
  • Cavers Come Clean
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 117 - Summer 2003
  • Peak Cavern Round-up
  • Other news from around the Peak
  • DCA wins Conservation Award
  • Underground Britain - Legal & lnsurance Issues
  • Chrome Hill Calamine Mines
  • Underground Video - getting started
  • Death of Fernand Petzl
  • Hillock's "Sump"
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 116 - Spring 2003
  • Peak Cavern round-up
  • Bird Mine
  • CroW 2000
  • SRT Bolts - another thought
  • Brightgate Cave Graffiti
  • Knotlow Again!
  • Whalf Sough
  • SIdetrack Cave
  • Knowlow Update
  • Carbon Dioxide - and increasing hazard for cavers?
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 115 - Autumn/Winter 2002
  • Peak Cavern round-up
  • Hodgkinsons Hotel Level
  • SRT Bolts - just a thought
  • Monyash goings on!
  • Jug Holes publicaiion review
  • Latest Bagshaw find.
  • Whalf Sough
  • Oxlow refurbishment
  • New cave in Eldon Hill
  • SSSIs and Cave Conservation
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 114 - Summer 2002
  • Conservation & Archaeology
  • Peak Cavem round-up
  • The Grout Season
  • Book Review - Rocks & Scenery
  • Idiots leap here!
  • Oxlow/Speedwell/Lathkill/Suicide Cave news
  • Nickergrove / Far Sump Ext. news
  • DCRO Duck Race
  • Dowsing in the Hamps & Manifold map (pt 2)
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 113 - Spring 2002
  • Jug Holes shaft restoration project
  • Mandale Mine
  • Peak Cavem round-up
  • DCA policy on
  • CroW 2000
  • Jug Holes/Hillocks/F&M news
  • Clean ups/Eco-Hangers & Ropes
  • DCRO callout reports and information
  • Going Quackers!
  • Dowsing in the Hamps & Manifold
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 112 - Winter 2001
  • Peak/ Speedwell activities
  • History of High Rake lead mine
  • Hillocks & Peak Cavem clean-up
  • Jug Holes Adit restoration project
  • DCRO Radio Losation Exercise
  • Spot of Historical Hydrology - part III
  • Herne - The Legend
  • Hidden Earth recalled
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 111 - Autumn 2001
  • P7
  • Peak/ Speedwell activities
  • Fallgate Caves
  • Thefts / Suicide Rescue
  • History of High Rake lead mine
  • Dumble Hole Swallet
  • Spot of Historical Hydrology - part II
  • Hidden Earth 2001
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 110 - Summer 2001
  • Level 7
  • Moss Chamber clean up
  • Hoften's Cross Swallet
  • Peak/Speedwell Update
  • Adopt a Cave
  • Winster night out
  • Carsington Youth Games day
  • Caving after CRoW
  • Hidden Earth 2001
  • There's always Hope
  • A Spot of Historical Hydrology - Part I
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 109 - Spring 2001
  • Digging Round Up
  • Peak Ropes/Odin Slopes
  • Peak/Speedwell activities
  • A view of Monyash
  • Devonshire /Knotlow/Holme Bank reports
  • Foot & Mouth waming
  • Trust an Eco?
  • Mineral Cotlectors and the law
  • Giant's maillons
  • Masson Hill audit
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 108 - Winter 2000
  • Crock Pot - new cave
  • Crock Pot Survey
  • What's lurking in Knotlow!
  • Peak/Speedwell activities
  • Durham Edge Swallet - new cave
  • Water Icicle naughties
  • DCRO rescue reports
  • Oxlow/Nettle updates
  • Another P8 story
  • Hypothermia Crawl - revisited
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 107 - Autumn 2000
  • DCRO Pitch Hauling at Jug Holes
  • Peak Cavem conservation work
  • Eldon & Whalf pipe get attention
  • Devonshire Cavern & Oxlow-be warned
  • Bagshawe Cavern - exploration update.
  • Collapses in Long Rake Spar Mine
  • Ecton Mines - request for artefacts
  • Dumping in Mines & Caves
  • JH warning of loose bolts
  • Masson Hill audit
  • Dumble Hole Swallet extensions
  • Masson Hill audit info form
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 106 - Summer 2000
  • Eldon Hole, Titan, P8, New Website
  • Break-in at P8, Merlin's Mine 4
  • Robin's Shaft Mine
  • Bagshawe Cavern - Part I
  • The Dowel Dale Dives - 1999's exploration of the sumps in Dowel Dale Side Pot
  • The 1965 Carleswark Cavern Rescue
  • Hitch'n'Hike website
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 105 - Spring 2000
  • Letters & Did You Know?
  • North Sump Rift Extension
  • North Sump Surveys
  • Tony Gibbs Speaks!
  • Tony Gibbs Speaks Some More!
  • Tony Gibbs Speaks Even More!!!!
  • A Trip With English Nature
  • Farnsley Lane & Eldon Digs
  • Caving News
  • Rescue Reports
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 104 - Spring 2000
  • The Dowel Sumps Investigated
  • Peak Cavern, Rescue Reports, Oxlow
  • Hubberdale
  • Derbyshire Caving News
  • More Derbyshire Caving News
  • Even More Derbyshire Caving News!
  • Meet The People
  • Obituary
  • C.C.C. Pay Tribute To Terry Rayner
  • Review  - TSG Website & Stop Press
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 103 - Autumn 1999
  • Knotlowpollution
  • News From The Pegasus
  • Ribden Swallet No.3
  • Dowel Dale Side Pot & Streaks Pot
  • European Speleological Congress, Robin's Shaft Mine
  • Trouble Spots
  • Eldon Hole & Greenwatch Awards
  • The Deepdale Shaft
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 102 - Summer 1999
  • Knotlow Pollution
  • Eldon Hole
  • Henry's Hole
  • Trouble spots
  • Derbyshire News & Potterings (including Titan update)
  • Cavers Workshop
  • Dye Tracing in The Peak District
  • Mountbatten Pot
  • Devonshire Diving
  • Holding Up The Roof!
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 101 - Spring 1999
  • Climbing in the Peak / Speedwell System
  • Digging in the Peak - English Nature's stance
  • Deep Dale Adit - Who git it wrong then?!
  • Peak Cavern System lnscriptions
  • Mr PB. Smith - Master Caver
  • TSG 16  - Latest journal reviewed
  • The latest Derbyshire based club joumal reviewed
  • Whalf Mine Climbing Shaft
  • Titan! - Moose, Shaun & the lads find something rather large
  • Little Monk's Hole
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 100 - Winter 1998
  • The "Rumble in the Dumble" - TSG discoveries at Ashover
  • Discoveries in Deep Da1e - Orpheus activities.
  • Youlgreave - More Orpheus - God bless 'em.
  • An A - Z of Derbyshire Caving
  • Dragon Cave Diving Expedition - "What we did on our holidays" by the Pegasus.
  • Skullduggery - Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.
  • Dowel Dale Side Pot - The truth behind the TSG "World Depth Attempt".
pdf.pngThe Derbyshire Caver No. 99 - Autumn 1998
  • "If Yer Not 'Ard, Yer Shunt 'Ave Come"
  • Major Archaeological Discovery by Pegasus
  • Bagshawe - And The Tale of a Diving Torch & Diving  in Perryfoot
  • Obituary - Bosh Wilde
  • The re-capping of Nettle Pot