Caving & Potholing Club
Peak Cavern. A total of 11 members turned up, 3 having to cancel for
one reason or another prior to the trip. 7 members enjoyed a Tourist
trip around all the sumps, the water was quite low in the majority of
sumps and members were able to push somewhat further than normal! On
the way out, the 7 adventured down to Styx Inlet sump, the water being
a good metre lower than normal in the sump. Members exited about 1.30pm
- some 4 hours after going in.
The rest of the club members enjoyed a strenuous trip to Moss Chamber
and return, exiting about an hour after the other group.
Ogof Fynnon Ddu II. 8 members enjoyed a Saturday day trip into OFD,
inside we split into 2 groups, 3 doing an easy trip to Trident and
return, whilst 5 others did a more exerting trip to try and do a
through trip to Cwm Dwr. However, a greater number of traverses were
encountered than thought. Route finding became a little protracted and
the route back to OFD II was retraced, with the 5 exiting just before
7pm, nearly 7 and half hours after entering!
Cwm Dwr. 5 members and 1 from Chelsea Caving Club went to do a short
trip into Cwm Dwr I. However only 4 went in as one thought the better
of a difficult entrance. 3 members did a very quick trip to the main
streamway to check the route for a through trip next time we are there.
The route was quite damp and all exited at about 2pm. The fifth member
checked all other holes in the quarry including a trip into Quarry Cave.
P8. 3 members and 2 novices enjoyed a trip down P8 to the top of the
2nd pitch and return. The first pitch was somewhat wet and sporty!
Waterways Swallet. A small number of members enjoyed a trip down
Waterways Swallet to Blore Street and return.
Jugholes. A small number of members and novices met for an evening trip
around Jugholes cavern.
Carlswark Novice trip. A grand day out as a 6 members, 3 youngsters and
3 novices looked around the delights of Carlswark. The upstream end of
the sump was explored and found to be 20+ feet lower than normal - an
extra 60+ metres was gained. Then Big Dig was checked and found to be
dry so we had a look at the collapse. We all finally emerged about
4.15pm some 4+ hours after going in!
Titan trip. 5 members dropped Titan entrance and went for a look around
the top bit to Absolution.
P8 - Jackpot. 4 members and a guest met at Perryfoot for an evening
trip down P8. Neil had arrived early with Mike S and prerigged 2 shafts
and Bone pitch. An enjoyable trip with nice low water levels was taken
to Sump 1, then a return to the surface by about 9pm. It was an
enjoyable first time down P8 for a couple of us!
Peak Cavern. The club had a trip to Peak cavern, 2 members - Mark C and
Neil G had a strenuous but enjoyable trip to the White River Series,
finally exiting about 4pm. 6 other members and 1 novice had a 'tourist
trip' visiting all the sumps! About 3 1/2 hours were spent wading and
walking before finally exiting into sunshine about 1.30pm.
Yorkshire trip: Members - Mark C, Rob R, Jim J, Neil G, Frank B
Sat 19th - Lost John's Cave, Leck Fell
All except Frank tackled the cave and reached the Battle Axe
traverse. Mark and Neil descended Valhalla and took a look at the final
pitch but Jim And Rob stayed at the top of battle Axe due to time
constraints. We agreed a return trip would be good, perhaps pre rigging
the cave the day before to allow us to explore the bottom.
Sun 20th -
Notts 2, Leck Fell
All 5 of us went down the dig and wandered about in the streamway.
The cave is one of the best decorated I've even seen, again, we agreed
that a return trip with more time would do the cave more justice
5 Members went to Winnatts Head Cave and had a tough trip to Fox
Chamber and the boulder choke leading to downstream passage. A very
tight squeeze in the boulder choke prevented any further access at
about -75m depth from the entrance. About 5 hours were spent
Members went to Wapping Mine complex in Matlock and had a trip around
the lower mine workings, then up to Cumberland Cavern Wishing Well and
Pool, before exiting via Wapping Mine.
Members enjoyed a trip into Carlswark - down to Dynamite Passage and
sump below Stalagtite passage. members then went over for a quick look
around Merlins Upper Level.
Peak Cavern Trip - Enjoyable trip down the Devils Arse(!) - 3 members
enjoyed the delights of Moss Chamber, 5 members did the tourist trip
with a 'shortcut' through Wigwam Aven and Galena Chamber.
A short film about one of our trips is on YouTube: