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April 2002:

The 2001/2002 Peak Cavern season officially came to a end on the 24th March 2002 but the show cave owners expressed an interest in extending the season, as long as the keyholders can run the trips. Several of the keyholders said that they are willing to run trips on a Sunday but by prior arrangement only, from now through to the end of June then the season will end for the summer holidays. The season will then begin again in October when access will again have to be arranged through John Beck at the usual address. (John Beck, Glebe Cottage, The Hillock, Eyam, Hope Valley, S32 5RB. eMail


The same access arrangements apply, cavers must meet at the TSG caving hostel, pay the usual fees and be in the cave by 9:45am, following the usual rules that apply. If you want a trip, contact one of the following keyholders with at least a weeks notice to see what their plans are and maybe they can let you into the cave.

The following keyholders have agreed to run trips:

> Wayne Sheldon 07941 211 209

> Nick Williams 01298 873800 (daytime only)

> Ralph Johnson 01782 515753

Please note that there is no weekly rota and trips can only be undertaken with prior arrangement with a keyholder. Turning up at the TSG hostel on a Sunday won t guarantee you a caving trip, as a keyholder won t turn up without prior arrangement.

Report: Wayne Sheldon (Peak Cavern Keyholder)


Suspect belay on Idiot's Leap, April 2002:

There's been a report that the natural belay (used in conjunction with an eco-anchor) on the pitch above Idiots Leap, is fractured and is likely to detach itself in the near future.


Closed for lambing, April 2002:

Access to both James Hall's Over Engine Mine and Rowter Hole has been suspended by the land owner for the duration of the spring lambing season. As soon as lambing is over access to both mines will be restored.


Closed for lambing, April 2002:

Access to Long Rake Mine has been suspended by the landowner for the duration of the lambing season.