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Peak District Caving News June 2013

Access to Eldon Hill Quarry and Sidetrack Cave

Report FromDCA.
Report Date30/07/2013.

From the start of July 2013 access is restored to what it was - with a number of caveats:-

The Quarry is part of the Castleton SSSI and all digging needs to be logged. To this end DCA has installed a box over the wall next to the entrance gate. The box (a modified ornate letter box actually, clamped to a bar with the key on a chain tucked out of sight in one end of the bar), contains a logbook, pens, and a survey of the quarry, marking and naming all the known caves and dig sites. Cavers are asked to record their visits and name the site visited.

New sites should be given a name and added to the survey.

At the farmer's insistence all vehicles must be parked on the lane and under no circumstances driven into the quarry or quarry area. His gate must be kept fastened and entry left clear at all times. Visitors need to understand they enter and explore the quarry entirely at their own risk but should carry proof of valid Public Liability insurance cover.

Dogs should be left at home.

Please note that access is probationary for the time being and dependent on how closely we all stick to the rules.

DCA is expected to ensure that all three parties - Chatsworth, the tenant farmer, and Natural England - are not inconvenienced or compromised by allowing cavers back into the Quarry. Both Chatsworth and Natural England need to know that due regard is being paid to the scientific interest of the site, hence the logbook.

Full details are available from the DCA website at:

Previous report 08/2010