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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If you are totally new to caving and want to know what it is all about, then read What We Do and Why We Do It.

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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.

6th December 2021. Minera Mine. North Wales.

A trip report from Des:

Darren, Neil and Myself had a good 4hr trip into Minera yesterday with an intention of looking for new routes to explore on future trips. I'm not sure how successful this was for Darren and Neil as they looked like they had seen most of it before but there was definitely some new areas for me. I hadn't realised there were so many nice formations in here and there are some pics of them taken at the insistence of the Conde Bros.

Here is a link to some pics

1st December 2021. Raven Mine

Three club members met at the head of Lathkill Dale to visit Raven Mine. This was a trip organised at short notice. A day of sunshine, heavy showers and hail. None of us had been there before. There had been heavy snow, followed by a thaw over the course of the weekend, which made the mine rather wet. The final pitch ended in a flooded shaft, with no sign of the passages that can sometimes be visited. Between us, we saw pretty much all of the currently known system. Some photos from Gaz McShee can be seen here. A longer report will be in the next newsletter.

22nd November 2022. Water Icicle Close Cavern.

On Sunday, we were at Water Icicle Close Cavern. Four members were with a guide to explore the gated North West Extensions. Another three members had seen the NW passages before, so explored the "Free to View" parts of the cave. A write up will be in the next Newsletter. Mean while some pictures from the day from Gaz McShee are here.

Try Caving

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

The CCPC Peak District Rigging Guide has moved on-line. The most comprehensive collection of SRT rigging topos for the Peak and free to use by all cavers. Accessible by clicking, or tapping the book below and via a link in the menu on any page.

CCPC Rigging Guide

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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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