Crewe Climbing and Potholing Club


We are an active and friendly caving club that welcomes both new and experienced cavers. Despite our name, we are mainly a caving club, though some members do climb as well. We are mostly based in Cheshire and Staffordshire, but some members live further away. Our caving and mine exploration takes place locally in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales and further afield in this country and abroad.

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Latest News

The latest news from the club. Just the most recent updates appear here. All the news, including older news (olds?) can be found on the News page.

Eldon Hole. 3rd August 2019

Another trip that had to be rearranged at short notice due to the weather. We decided against the planned Death's Head Pot - Boxhead Pot exchange in the Dales. We were not convinced the low section in the master cave streamway would be passable. Instead we went to Eldon Hole in the Peak, with the intention of visiting Miller's Chamber and Damocles Rift. Steve P.A. reports:

So the weather up in the dales was playing havoc with deciding which trip, if any, we should do. Was it worth the journey up there only to be disappointed? Eventually it was decided amongst the group ( Dan, Rob, Neil, Jenny and Steve P.A. ) that a trip down Eldon Hole was the preferred choice.We made our way after picking up Neil en-route and arrived shortly after 10 a.m. The boot was quickly unloaded and so the 4 musketeers began to tackle up. Neil had been doing quite well as of late with not forgetting any gear but alas that came to an end today having forgotten his wet socks (unlucky Neil) not they were really needed for this trip. A few jibes were uttered with me recalling having left on white pants when caving, Big mistake. Once up the hill we united with Jenny (sure she was a Roman centurion in a past life) as I don't know any other members of our club who would hike for an hour and 30 minutes up Cave Dale traversing Eldon Hill to get to Eldon Hole and then do the trip. I can only say OUTSTANDING Jen !!!!

I got on and rigged East route while Rob busied himself rigging southwest pitch. Soon all were safely at the bottom, some recalling the snow drift that was present on our previous visit. Into Main chamber, which doesn't fail to impress, Neil, Jen and Dan arranged the rope to access Millers CHamber which requires a 22 m prusik up to gain the chamber. Some nice speleo and calcite flows adorn the wall of the climb, with a nice view back into the main chamber below. This was my first visit up into Millers and Damocles RIft beyond,and may I say well worth it! Jenny opted to brodge around Millers while the 4 musketeers ascended the rift. Soon after the first rebelay an awkward move is required to negotiate the calcite constriction and it was here that sadly and with much regret 4 became 3 as Neil's progress was hampered, something to do with being overweight? This gave rise to some amusement amongst the successful 3. Jenny made for the surface as the rest abseiled back into the main chamber, up the ladder and into the bottom of the shaft readying themselves for the prusik out to glorious sunshine. A short walk back down the hill to the car, change of clothes and we were off to Castleton for a refreshing libation and chunky chips in the Peak Hotel. General chat about the trip followed with some focus on our next weekend away in South Wales in a fortnight. Once again a good trip, 3 hours, and great company enjoyed by all.

Steve P.A.

P8. 20th July 2019

Our meets list for today said Penyghent Pot, but since the thunderstorms on Friday and the forecast rain for Saturday, this was canceled. The forecast for the Castleton area was kinder, so a trip to P8 was organised, with the aim of exploring Ben's Dig. Five members went underground. We ascended Ben's dig and had a look at the various avens near the top, as far as our confidence in the fixed ropes allowed. Some of us returned using the low route, visiting the P7 water sump along the way and meeting up at the base of the old iron ladder pitch, before returning to the surface. A more detailed trip report has been prepared for the next newsletter.

Ty Gwen Mine. 7th July 2019

The club visited Ty Gwen Mine in Llandudno, North Wales for a look round. Some pictures from Alan. Some more from Des.

Try Caving

We can arrange supervised caving trips for individuals, or for small groups, with all equipment provided. Our ability to do this was initially funded through a National Lottery grant. If you are interested, then please get in touch.

Peak District Rigging Guide

Unsure of the state of play regarding P-bolts? Contact us or buy the guide!

Our guidebook covers all of the worthwhile SRT trips in the Peak District. Profits from the guides were used initially to fund the eco-hanger bolting project. Since its completion sizable donations have been made to Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation.

The guide is available from Starless River, Caving Supplies, or Inglesport.

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Caving Conservation Code

As a club we aim to minimise the impact we have on the cave environment by following the BCA Caving Conservation Code.

  1. Cave with care and thought for the environment.
  2. Disturb nothing whether living or geological.
  3. Avoid touching formations.
  4. Keep to marked routes and never cross conservation tapes.
  5. Take nothing but photographs.
  6. Do not pollute the cave, leave nothing behind.

Risk Statement

As a club, Crewe Climbing & Potholing Club (C.C.P.C.) recognizes that the activities undertaken by Club Members may involve a danger of personal injury or death. As participants in such activities, all adult Members of C.C.P.C. (including Temporary Members) must be aware of, and accept, these risks, and must be responsible for their own actions, and for their own safety. [CCPC Risk Statement. 01-01-2015]

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Ireby Fell Cavern

Des Kelly in Ireby Fell Cavern. Photo © Grace Chu 2014.

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