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.

First Update of the Peak District Rigging Guide to Version 12.1

The Level 7 / Hope Shaft topo has been updated to remove the grid references. Locations are now on the Peak District Caving site. We discovered that the grid reference to Hope Shaft was out by over 100m. Something that had not been spotted in all the years that the guide has been in existance! In addition, the Pallet Shaft and Hillside Shaft entrances to Nickergrove Mine have now been added to the Peak District Caving site. If you have a printed copy of the guide, then please visit the guide page and download and print the two pages needed to bring your guide up to version 12.1. Thanks to the DCA's Phil Wolstenholme for helping with this.

Peak District Rigging Guide goes On Line

The CCPC Peak District Rigging Guide is now on line. Free to use by all cavers. Accessible by the link in the menu, or here. It has been revised since the eleventh edition, with all the rigging topos redrawn and updated where we know of changes. Several new topos have been added.

Flower Pot to Merlin's Mine. 5th January 2020

Our first official club trip of the year. A through trip from Flower Pot, via Carlswark Cavern, to Merlin's Mine in Stoney Middleton. Tight in places and very sporting. A report from Rob Nevitt:

Six members turned out for this one, Ade, Alan, Dan, Jenny, Steve PA and myself. Alan decided not to do the though trip but offered to put the ladder in Merlin's for our route out and meet us underground at some point. As we found out later after not seeing him rocks had fallen on his hand and shoulder changing his plans. Our route though wasn't as dramatic, but all the tight squeezes, twists and turns made for a good days caving with some of us getting stuck or going the wrong way at some point. We finally emerged looking like chocolate soldiers! Ade tried cleaning up in a grated channel at the side of the road to our amusement. After changing we had a well deserved beer at the Miners Arms in Eyam.


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 now moved on-line. Free to use by all cavers. Accessible by the link in the menu, or here.

News Feed & Social Media

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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]

Attribution and Credit

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Ireby Fell Cavern

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

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