Lathkill Dale & Monyash
Want an easy days caving? Go somewhere else! With a few exceptions, the caves in the Lathkill area are arduous. Most passages are low necessitating almost continuous crawling and thrutching. Any passage bigger than crawling size is a luxury! The exceptions are caves like Water Icicle Close Cavern with it's large fossil phreatic passages and mines like Hillocks and Knotlow. There are tantalising glimpses of larger passage development in some of the other caves but they are few and far between. The Lathkill Head system is extensive but most of it is submerged in all but the driest of summers. In wet weather the whole cave floods becoming a powerful resurgence. For real punishment consider a trip to the end of Critchlow Cave or to the end of Lower Cales Dale Cave which is only possible in drought.