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Lockdown 2 Access Updates

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DCA:
Update 4/12/20
Please look on the DCA Cave Registry (has mines too!) when you make plans and check the access situation for your intended trip. There are a few Covid-19 related access changes from the 'normal' state of affairs. https://peakdistrictcaving.info/home/the-caves

At the time of writing this post, the current list of closed sites are as follows:
Ashford Black Marble Mine
Holme Bank Chert Mine

(Note that there are specific Covid-19 requirements/restrictions for trip in P8, Bagshawe Cavern, Watericicle Close Cavern and Peak Cavern)

Please bear in mind this list may go out of date quickly, so check the DCA website before your trip - www.thedca.org.uk
As ever, only cave if it is legal to do so and you can follow all the guidance set out by the Government. In all cases be discrete and cave within your ability, as rescue teams will possibly be short handed and delayed in their response times and abilities due to having to work to Covid-19 guidelines.
Stay safe - The DCA Team

DCA:
I know we are in Lockdown 3 right now, well... technically coming out of Lockdown 3, but here is a quick update on access.
At this time, the only sites that DCA are aware of that are closed are the following:
Holmebank Chert Mine
Peak / Speedwell system
Both are likely to remain closed to general visits until May. As always, you're best checking the Peak District Caving Info site for current access info:
https://peakdistrictcaving.info/home/the-caves

Tomferry:
Hello is peak cavern / speedwell shut for caving & tourists  was unsure on the “general visits “

Thanks Tom

pwhole:
Yep, there's no access for regular caving trips until then as the showcave entrance has to be used. The only way into the Peak/Speedwell system at present is via JH (James Hall Mine), which is 200m of pretty intense SRT to get down to the streamway, and you have to exit the same way, so it's a big trip if you just want to see Peak Cavern. There's generally no access for cavers via Speedwell anyway unless it's for work, or some other 'unusual' reason. Once the showcave entrance is back in action we'll be organising trips as soon as is practicable, subject to whatever regs are in place then.

https://www.peakspeedwell.info/

https://peakdistrictcaving.info/home/the-caves/castleton/james-halls-over-engine-mine

Tomferry:

--- Quote from: pwhole on April 09, 2021, 12:07:35 pm ---Yep, there's no access for regular caving trips until then as the showcave entrance has to be used. The only way into the Peak/Speedwell system at present is via JH (James Hall Mine), which is 200m of pretty intense SRT to get down to the streamway, and you have to exit the same way, so it's a big trip if you just want to see Peak Cavern. There's generally no access for cavers via Speedwell anyway unless it's for work, or some other 'unusual' reason. Once the showcave entrance is back in action we'll be organising trips as soon as is practicable, subject to whatever regs are in place then.

Thanks for taking the time to reply  :thumbsup:

https://www.peakspeedwell.info/

https://peakdistrictcaving.info/home/the-caves/castleton/james-halls-over-engine-mine

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