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Blackwell Dale Cave, Derbyshire

Blackwell Dale Cave, a short but well decorated cave in Derbyshire

Date:
22 May 2008

Overview:
A caver's dream - a short dig many years ago led through an easy muddy crawl to emerge in a large and exceptionally well decorated chamber.

Weather conditions:
Fine.

How to find it:
Park in the large layby (room for several cars) in Blackwell Dale, the cave is situated a a short walk along the road and is easy to spot.

Access:
The decorated chamber is gated and access is controlled by the Orpheus Caving Club, from whom bona fide cavers can obtain a key.

Kit required:
None.

Description:
An easy hands and knees crawl through a muddy passage leads to the gate, beyond which is a stunning chamber with many pristine formations including stalactites, stalagmites, straws, helictites and good flowstone. A short but very worthwhile trip, and a definite 'must' for the cave photographer. Blackwell Dale Cave is a real gem amongst Peak District caves and is not to be missed.


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