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The Tube, Peak CavernThe Peak Speedwell System is located in the village of Castleton, made up of Peak Cavern, Speedwell Mine, James Hall Over Engine Mine and Titan Shaft. The system contains about 18km of cave passage, one of the deepest underground cave dives in the UK, down to a depth of 74 metres; the highest underground pitch in the UK which is 145 metres high, it has six known entrances but only four are usable.

 

 
JH and Block Hall Beware

The following as been reported to the Peak Speedwell keyholders and DCA.

"JH:  The netting holding the debris directly above Leviathan last pitch (alt route) below Tea Rooms has deteriorated badly and become detached on left.  I removed several large blocks ready to fall directly onto the pitch but it’s all bulging and not good.

"Peak Cavern:  Also rope at top of Block Hall that goes to the Watt Passage crawl has cut through to core on rub below the final Y-hang.  I've isolated the cut but rope is now tight and hard to get on/off."

The problems have been reported and will be dealt with a.s.a.p. but, be warned, JH is very unstable in places and is difficult to deal with so this may take some time.  As always, take great care in tackling JH and watch out for loose rock at pitch heads.

 
Titan Entrance Shaft Restoration - Complete

The weekend of 13th and 14th February 2016 saw the completion of the long running repair work on the entrance shaft of Titan. All the rigging and repair gear has now been removed and the shaft is clear.

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Peak Cavern Showcave Closed for Filming

Peak Cavern Showcave is closed for tourists and cavers between the following dates:

Monday 28th September to Thursday 1st October 2015
Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October 2015

This also includes evening trips.

 
John Beck

John Beck, a Peak Cavern Key holder and booking co-ordinator for many years, died on Saturday 31st January 2015 after a long battle with cancer. For those who knew John, they will know that his dedication to caving and cave exploration in the Peak District was exemplary. An inspirational character, who inspired many a generation of cavers into finding, exploring, surveying and documenting caves. He was always willing to share his knowledge and offer encouragement to anybody who showed an interest in Peak District caving. His memory was an encyclopaedia of the local caving scene and if he didn’t know about it, he knew where to look. A true gentleman, who will be greatly missed.

 
Peak Cavern Access

The calender for Peak and Titan bookings have been confusing a number of cavers and clubs. It is worth reminding everybody that more than one group can book a trip into Peak Cavern on one particular date.

 
Peak Cavern Clean Up Work - Sat 9th August 2014

This event was a joint TSG & Masson exercise.

Present: Ann Soulsby, Alan Brentnall, Jess Eades, John Geeson, Lizzie Kinge, Alistair Gott, Scott Bradley, Yvonne King, Cara Allinson, David Steward, Norman, Glyn Roberts, Alex Crow, Tom Spriggs, Rosa Clements, Lisa Wootton, Dave Smith, Lawrence Brown, Robin Stiffin, Jim Borrington & Marie Naylor

Following the recent re-taping in the White River the team noticed that there was a lot of rubbish which needed clearing.  A barbeque had already been planned for August so we thought it would be the ideal time to complete a clear up of the system.

An E Mail went out to the club and various sites were highlighted as needing attention.  The main site was always to be the bottom of the Ventilator pitches and the Trenches but Wayne also mentioned digging equipment at Maypole Inlet and Wigwam Aven.

 

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Re-Stocking the Emergency Dumps in Peak

My earliest memory of caving beyond the show cave of Peak Cavern was an EPC trip which I did in the mid-Eighties. This was what we would nowadays call a “tourist trip”, involving a romp along the Upper Gallery, a visit to Buxton Water Sump, a dive through Lake Sump, a visit to Far Sump, a trip around the Galena Circuit and, oddly enough, a trip to the emergency dump at Picnic Dig. I say oddly enough, because it has vanished from the itinerary of a modern day tourist trip, but we certainly covered it then.

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