Peak District Caving

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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.

Access Information can be found at the Peak Speedwell web site.

This site is part of the DCA SSSI Conservation Monitoring Scheme.
See the DCA website for competition details.


Costin, G. (2020), Trip Report: Peaks Weekend 24th - 26th January 2020, CPC Record, pp. 21-22., Craven Pothole Club
Sheldon, W. (2020), Trip Report: Saturday 25th Jan 2020 - Speedwell Mine, CPC Record, pp. 23., Craven Pothole Club
Gunn, J. (2024), The Impact of Storm Badet, Descent 297, P.8., Stalactite Publishing
Gunn, J. (2024), Water Levels at Castleton, Descent 297, P.8., Stalactite Publishing
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