The Peak Speedwell System is located in the village of Castleton, made up of Peak Cavern, Speedwell Mine, James Hall Over Engine Mine and Titan Shaft. The system contains about 18km of cave passage, one of the deepest underground cave dives in the UK, down to a depth of 74 metres; the highest underground pitch in the UK which is 145 metres high, it has six known entrances but only four are usable.
The Peak Cavern Showcave tour currently ends at the top of Devil's Staircase in a passage called Pluto Dining Room, a fence crosses the passage and stops tourists passing this point. Cavers use a gate for access beyond this point. This point wasn't always the end of the showcave, prior to 1989, the tour used to drop down the staircase through into Five Arches. The path traverses the passage, crossing the River Styx in four places until it reached the junction of Buxton Water and Speedwell Water, in the area below Victoria Aven.
The following maintenance work has been completed in the Peak Speedwell System.
- The rope on the traverse at the top of Block Hall to Watt Passage has been replaced.
- The rope traverse over The Whirlpool has recieved some maintenance. The bottom rope that was damaged has been replaced with scaffolding poles.
Disclaimer: You are responsible for the inspection of all anchors, ropes and connectors left in situ, prior to use. Please report any damage to any fixed aids in the system immediately.
The team were called out at 4:30pm to reports of a caver (m) who had been hit by a falling rock whilst climbing the 80m deep Leviathan pitch in JH, near Castleton. He had suffered head injuries but he was able to complete the climb to the top of the pitch under his own steam. His companion continued to the surface to call DCRO. When the team arrived first aid was administered, the casualty was wrapped against the cold and put in a stretcher.