Dave (Moose) Nixon, Luke Cafferty, and Tim Horne have managed to dig through the Watershed Aven Choke to a small antechamber, a further short passage to a large vein cavity. A short passage at floor level leads to a 10m wet pitch where the stream sinks in boulders at its base. This could be related to Surprise View Sump, John Beck Chamber and the SEP Sump development. Further work and dye tracing is required on this potential connection. Also at the base of the 10m pitch is a large mud filled passage heading off SW, this is thought to be the other end of a large passage in the Fawlty Tower dig 55m to the west.

Watershed Aven Watershed Aven Extension

The large vein cavity is a 8 m diameter shaft, continues out of sight (+30m) with stream issuing from southeast, other possible leads visible at height. Fantastic acoustic echo and draught coming down shaft.

There is a potential hazard in one of the boulder chokes so cavers need to stay away until this has been dealt with and exploration is completed.

News Flash

Victoria Aven Safety Notice - 26/09/2022

It had been reported to the Peak Cavern keyholders that there is a damaged section of rope in Victoria Aven - this whole area has now been completely re-rigged and the very large boulder assessed and can now again be included in the list of possible trips within the system.

However, there are still loose rocks of varying sizes which could easily be displaced and could cause serious damage/harm so please exercise extreme caution!