The Peak District's limestone has a number of catchment (drainage) areas. The actual number can differ depending on how borders are interpreted or areas combined, but generally the main ones described by and of interest to cavers are known as Castleton, Bradwell, Stoney Middleton, Lathkill, Dove, Hamps, Manifold, Wye, Wormhill, Matlock and Bradbourne, with Castleton, Bradwell, Stoney and Lathkill offering the most extensive and popular caves.
There are currently two publications in print describing the caves, "Caves of the Peak District" (see the DCA web site for details) and the "Peak District Rigging Guide". The infomation below, including the PDF mini guides, are intended as a suppliment to those publications. The PDF's include highly accurate GPS derived ten figure grid references and detailed descriptions of individual caves. For current access information see the "DCA Cave Registry".
The information here is intended for proficient cavers and those with an external interest, but hopefully it will inspire those outside the sport to have a go. If it does, be cautious! Caves are dangerous places for those who don't know the risks. Learn from experienced cavers before being responsible for yourself and others.Find Caves Nearby