Full Cave Registry entry



Authorised Entrances

Main Entrance: over wall a short distance up steep Bonsall footpath off Upperwood Road. Spanner required for door which must NOT be left open.

Upper Entrance: This does not require permission to use. A combination lock may be present, if so the code will be 4311. There are plans to convert this gate to a Derbyshire Key in future. The shaft from surface above the main chamber and just inside from the Upper Entrance is also approved for access. From the main entrance follow the path about 100m further up the hill, where the path divides in two, take the right-hand branch then head into the deep cutting.

Visits and numbers expected to be kept to sensible minimum or access could be lost. Avoid upsetting residents by parking in vicinity - best to use one of public car parks in Matlock Bath. Holy Trinity Church don't mind small numbers using their car park so long as they do not have an event taking place. Part of Masson Hill SSSI.

Kirkland Shaft, 13m deep, is within the landowner's garden just downhill from the main entrance, at SK 29067 58379, and connects to the workings downdip from the entrance. Access by prior email arrangement through the DCA Access Officer at


The Main Entrance is currently unstable and the Upper Entrance should be used as an alternative (lock code may be required).


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