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Warning issued to the general public

Update 20th Oct 2017 by the Conservation and Access Team

Due to having found rock instability at the head of the Far pitch / 3rd pitch in the Rigging Guide of Suicide Cave in Winnats Pass and the ease of accessibility of this cave to the general public, it was felt necessary by the DCA to warn the public about this instability.

To achieve this Pete Knight and Christine Wilson have placed 3 horizontal chains and a warning notice at the back of the main chamber, before the climb up over the rocks. The National Trust, who are the landowners and Natural England, are in full knowledge of the situation and have given DCA permission to do what is necessary to safeguard the public at this venue. The chains could be a temporary measure and gating at the point may be deemed necessary, but we shall up date you on this if this decision is taken!

Entry by cavers is still be permitted, as before and will remain so, as the the National Trust entrusts us, as cavers, to have the knowledge and judgement to recognise and identify the hazards in this system and act accordingly. The chains allow for an easier access on the bottom left hand side.

We shall appreciate any monitoring of the venue with regard to SSSI status, vandalism, rubbish and/ or further instability.

Any Queries: Please contact anyone within the Conservation and Access Team

The lastest DCA Information Circular is now available here, including news of new anchors for Eldon Hole, new access arrangements for Mandale Mine and Holme Bank Chert Mine.

Minutes of the Council meeting held on 24th of June 2017 are now available.

The owner of nearby Holme Hall is refusing ALL access to Holme Bank Mine, regardless of which entrance is used.  DCA is taking up the matter urgently with Chatsworth Estates, who are understood to own the land around the site.

DCA will seek to resolve this situation as quickly as possible but, in the mean time, we have to reluctantly suggest that cavers avoid visiting the mine so that there is no risk of a confrontation with the owner of Holme Hall.

Access to Herne Hill Cave no.1 has been restablished after door repairs and the fitting of a new lock. The new access procedure can be found in the online access guide.

The lastest DCA Information Circular is now available here, including news of access difficulties at Herne Hill Caves and Mouldridge Mine.

Minutes of the AGM and Council meeting held on 25th of February 2017 are now available.