Welcome to the Peak District, home to natural potholes such as the spectacular Eldon Hole and the 170 metre deep Nettle Pot. Home too of natural caves such as Peak Cavern, Thor’s and Reynard’s Cave, Dove Holes in Dovedale, Poole’s Cavern in Buxton, and Thirst House Cave in Deepdale. Not forgetting the mighty Titan, Britain’s biggest cave, carved over millions of years from the Peak’s limestone scenery. This massive chamber contains a waterfall which plunges 140 metres deep below ground level and is reached at the culmination of a five hour underground expedition.
The Peak District is also home to a variety of entry level experiences suitable for speiliologists and explorers of all ages and abilities. Anyone intending to go underground should always be experienced and well-equipped. It is easy to get wet and tired underground and it can then be quite difficult to return to the surface. Cave rescue can be more difficult than mountain rescue.
Most of the cave and mine systems in the area require permission to descend them and mention of a system here does not imply that permission will necessarily be given.
The guidebook to local systems is ‘Caves of Derbyshire’ by Trevor Ford and David Gill, published by Dalesman Books. More information about local caving can be obtained from the Derbyshire Caving Association. The Caving Supplies Shop at 19 London Road, Buxton SK17 9PA is also a useful source of advice as well as a place to purchase or hire equipment (www.caving-supplies.co.uk).
British Caving Association – (http://british-caving.org.uk)
Derbyshire Cave Rescue – (http://derbyshirecro.org.uk/)
Cave Rescue – (http://www.caverescue.org.uk)
Adam Evans – (http://www.outdoorinstruction.co.uk)
Peak Activities – (http://www.iain.co.uk/)
David Matthews Adventure – (http://www.dm-adventure.co.uk/)
The Hollowford Centre – (www.hollowford.org)
Dave Edwards – (http://www.deaa.net/)
Chris Adkin – (www.peaksandpaddles.org)