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.

Cautley Spout. June 22nd 2019

A trip report from Des of an unusual trip. Descending a cascade waterfall. Caving with the roof off!

We had a great day with it being a little overcast whilst we made our way to the top of the falls and the sun making an appearance whilst donning our wetsuits ... great timing. After the toughest part of the trip ( squeezing into the wetsuits ) we started to descend the first cascades. This proved to be more difficult than it first looked with an abundance of moss both on the exposed rocks and on all the rocks just below the surface making it quite treacherous in places. A graceful abseil was definitely not the order of the day, with most of us floundering about trying to keep from having more of a shower than was necessary. A fabulous addition to the meets list which should prove popular in years to come. Thanks to Neil for adding the trip and for rigging on the day.

Some photos from Des.

Dales Caving. 9th June 2019

Some CCPC members were up on Saturday 8th, but the very wet weather that day limited the possibilities. The beck in Kingsdale was in spate, though not breaking its banks and a lot of water was coming out of Keld Head. A quick trip was taken in to Yordas Pot via the Middle Entrance and the Chapter House traverse. A rather aquatic experience. Grace did a couple of pitches of the nearby Rowten Pot with some student cavers. The rain eased off in the afternoon and water levels started to fall. On Sunday we all met up in Inglesport Cafe for breakfast and a discussion over what to do. Eventually, it was decided to abandon the initial plan for a Swinsto - Simpson's Pot exchange trip and to split in to two groups. Roughly half of us did a Swinsto to Valley Entrance trip, the other half a trip down Jingling Pot, rigging two of the routes in this vertical cave. Actual sunshine was seen in the afternoon as we all returned to the surface! We finished up at the Marten Arms, enjoying this sunshine in the garden, before heading home.

A busy weekend overall for CCPC as other members were involved in a DCRO exercise on the Saturday, simulating a cave rescue from call out to completion.

Some photos of the Swinsto trip from Des.

Gouffre Berger 1983 Expedition Report

A couple of members have dug out copies of the report from the club's expedition to the Gouffre Berger in 1983. This has been scanned, OCR'd and added to the web site. Why are we suddenly interested in a report from 36 years ago? That would be telling!

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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