Around the turn of the century, Crewe CPC were heavily involved in the project to replace 8mm Spit expansion anchors in Peak District caves and mines with stainless steel resin hangers. We compiled a guide book that gave rigging topos for all the worthwhile SRT trips in the Peak District and this rapidly became an essential item in any Peak District cavers, or clubs library. This guide book went through many editions as new routes were added, or existing ones altered. Profits from sales initially went to the hanger fund and in later years to DCRO.
Time moves on and we decided to transfer the rigging guide to our web site. This allows us to update the guide more quickly and gives cavers access to the latest version of each rigging topo. Derbyshire Caving Association publish rigging topos for caves that they have installed hangers in. These can be viewed and downloaded from the Peak District Caving web site. There are many more caves and routes than this and the CCPC rigging guide tries to cover as many as possible.
The complete guide and individual topos can be viewed, downloaded and printed by individual cavers, clubs and those carrying out caving on a professional basis. Copyright for the guides and rigging topos remains with Crewe Climbing and Potholing Club. Selling topos and guides downloaded from the web site is prohibited.
The topos are divided in to regions based on Peak District geographical watersheds and then alphabetically by cave. The scheme is the same as that used in the Caves of the Peak District (2010) guide book and the Peak District Caving web site. These regions are shown in the menu to the left, or the top of the page and allow easy navigation around the guide. If you are not sure what region a cave is in, there is an index, sorted alphabetically by cave name. The CCPC Home navigation button takes you to the main Crewe CPC site.
The following information and links are provided:
Between them, these sources of information should provide the knowledge you'll need to plan a successful trip. Happy Caving!
Download the complete guide in pdf format, ready to view, or print. (3.5MB). Alternatively, view, or download individual pages below.
|Cover, Contents, Index & Key|
|Page||Download PDF||Description||Current Edition|
|Rigging Guide Front Cover||Front cover to make your own paper copy rigging guide.||Edition 12.2 16th February 2020|
|Rigging Guide Contents||Contents page for your old fashioned book style rigging guide.|
|Rigging Guide Index||Index for your dead tree format rigging guide. Alphabetical by cave.|
|Rigging Guide Introduction||Introduction for your home made rigging guide.|
|Rigging Guide Topo Key||A key to the rigging topos for your wood pulp rigging guide.|
|Rigging Topo||Download PDF||Peak District Caving Link||Caves of the Peak District Page Number|
|Long Rake Mine||Long Rake Mine||Page 58|
|Eldon Hole||Eldon Hole||Page 88|
|Giant's Hole Part 1 - Entrance to Plug Hole||Giants Hole||Page 93|
|Giant's Hole Part 2 - Geology Pot to East Canal||Giants Hole||Page 93|
|Giant's Hole - Boss Aven & Carnival Aven||Giants Hole||Page 93|
|Maskhill Mine||Maskhill Mine||Page 100|
|Nettle Pot topo 1||Nettle Pot||Page 101|
|Nettle Pot topo 2||Nettle Pot||Page 101|
|Odin Mine||Odin Mine||Page 105|
|Oxlow Cavern||Oxlow Cavern||Page 107|
|P8 / Jack Pot||P8 / Jack Pot||Page 111|
|Peak Cavern / Speedwell - Cliff Cavern||Speedwell Cavern||Page 129
|Peak Cavern / Speedwell - Far Sump Extensions||Peak Cavern - Description in the Far Sump Extension microguide||Page 117|
|Peak Cavern / Speedwell - George Cooper's Aven||Peak Cavern - Description in the Victoria Aven microguide||Not in the guide book|
|Peak Cavern / Speedwell - James Hall Over Engine Mine (JH)||James Hall Over Engine Mine||Page 98|
|Peak Cavern / Speedwell - NCC Shafts||Peak Cavern - Description in the Galena Chamber circuit and NCC Shafts microguide||Page 120|
|Peak Cavern / Speedwell - Titan||Titan Entrance||Page 123|
|Peak Cavern / Speedwell - Victoria Aven||Peak Cavern - Description in the Victoria Aven microguide||Page 115|
|Peak Cavern / Speedwell - White River Series||Peak Cavern - Description in the White River Series microguide||Page 122|
|Rowter Hole||Rowter Hole||Page 126|
|Snelslow Swallet||Snelslow Swallet||Page 129|
|Suicide Cave||Suicide Cave||Page 133|
|Winnats Head Cave||Winnats Head Cave||Page 134|
|Devonshire Cavern||Devonshire Cavern||Page 148|
|Robin's Shaft Mine||Robin's Shaft Mine||Page 184|
|Lathkill Dale & Monyash|
|Hillocks / Whalf Mine||Hillocks Mine Adit Entrance, Whalf Climbing Shaft, Whalf Engine Shaft||Page 233|
|Knotlow Cavern||Knotlow Cavern Chapel Dale Engine Shaft, Climbing Shaft, Engine Shaft, Fourways Shaft||Page 234|
|Lathkill Head Cave Garden Path||Lathkill Head Cave Garden Path||Page 237|
|Lathkill Head Cave Upper Entrance||Lathkill Head Cave Top Entrance||Page 237|
|Water Icicle Close Cavern||Water Icicle Close Cavern||Page 243|
|Carlswark Cavern||Carlswark Cavern, Eyam Dale Shaft, Flower Pot Entrance, Gin Entrance, Resurgence, Stub Scrin Shaft||Page 258|
|Eyam Dale House Cave||Eyam Dale House Cave||Page 264|
|Hungerhill Swallet||Hungerhill Swallet Swallet Entrance, Timbered Shaft||Page 269|
|Layby Pot||Layby Pot Mined Passage Entrance, Oil Drum Entrance||Page 272|
|Level 7, Hope Shaft||Level 7, Hope Shaft. Note that the grid reference for Hope Shaft in Caves of the Peak District is wrong!||Page 276|
|Merlin's Mine||Merlin's Mine Main Entrance, Top Entrance||Page 275|
|Nickergrove Mine||Nickergrove Mine Adit Entrance, Didsbury Shaft, Top Entrance (AKA Pallet Shaft), Hillside Entrance||Page 278|
|Putwell Hill Mine||Putwell Hill Mine||Page 308|
|12.2||16-2-2020||Addition of George Cooper's Aven rigging topo. Update to Victoria Aven topo. QR Codes added to all the topos. These provide direct links to the peakdistrictcaving.info web page for that entrance. Allows you to quickly find access and location information from a paper rigging guide by pointing your smartphone camera at the QR Code. Print the entire guide to update from any previous issue.|
|12.1||12-1-2020||Level 7 / Hope Shaft topo grid references removed. Hope Shaft reference was incorrect. More accurate locations are now in peakdistrictcaving.info. Replace topo (page 40) and front cover.|
|12.0||8-1-2020||The first edition to be published on-line|
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Ralph Johnson hand drilling for a resin anchor in Maskhill Mine 28/8/1995. Photo © Steve Knox.
The photos at the top of the page are in Victoria Aven in Peak Cavern and were taken by Grace Chu 2/2/2020.