In June, It was reported that vandals had gone into Holme Bank chert mine at Bakewell, and sprayed graffiti right through the workings. This mine has a particular place in the hearts of many PDMHS members, as it has been the subject of numerous underground trips over the years. So at the end of August, Paul Chandler arranged a cleanup session, and a joint working party of PDMHS and Masson Caving Group members spent an evening in there getting rid of as much of the graffiti as we could. Continue reading
Tuesday April 25th 2017. Meet at 7.00pm.
Organiser: Paul Chandler.
Grade: Moderate. No ladder or ropework.
Meet at 7.00pm. To book your place or for details of where to meet, contact Paul Chandler on 01246 220773 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Party size is limited.
An unusual and quite complex cave system, which is also compact. It has been visited by lead miners via a now lost entrance. A fun, sporting, dry trip. The entrance passage is awkward and contains two squeezes. Note of caution: the first squeeze is short, but tight! Worth taking a camera for the fine 18th century, smoked miners inscriptions!
Reference: Caves of the Peak District – The Derwent South (Matlock) Catchment area (2010 Edition).
A Masson Caving Group trip – PDMHS members welcome.
Tuesday April 11th 2017. Meet at 7.00pm.
Trip Co-ordinator – Vicky Bell. A Masson Caving Group trip – PDMHS members welcome. Party size is limited – booking essential. Please text/phone Vicky on 07792 757953 or email her at: email@example.com to book your place.
This is an easy grade, dry trip, ideal for novices, but also of interest to more experienced explorers. Quite a complex, but compact mine on different levels. The passages are mostly walking or stooping size, with very little crawling! Come and try the ‘banana slide’ and see if you can negotiate the ‘ore chute’ squeeze? A great little mine, and a fun trip!
March 7th 2017. Meet at 7.30pm.
Tuesday February 22nd 2017. Meet at 7.00pm.
A joint trip with Masson Caving Group.
Trip Co-ordinator: Vicky Bell. Please text/phone Vicky on 07792 757953 to confirm attendance.
An relatively easy grade, dryish trip into this extensive network of mine workings and natural caverns. From early “woodpecker” pick workings, hand picked ‘coffin’ levels to relatively modern mining artefacts it has plenty to offer and is interesting from both the geological and mineralization perspective. Nearly all walking size passages, with very little crawling – and no SRT – involved. An oversuit or old clothes are recommended.
Meet at 19:00 for a 19:15 start time, parking in the layby on Salters Lane, Matlock.