The 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.
The following maintenance work has been completed in the Peak Speedwell System.
- The rope on the traverse at the top of Block Hall to Watt Passage has been replaced.
- The rope traverse over The Whirlpool has recieved some maintenance. The bottom rope that was damaged has been replaced with scaffolding poles.
Disclaimer: You are responsible for the inspection of all anchors, ropes and connectors left in situ, prior to use. Please report any damage to any fixed aids in the system immediately.
The following has 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.
The problems 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.
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.
There are a few comments I would make:
The arrangement for the lid has now altered as there is no inner lid. This was removed and will not be replaced.