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Blackwell Dale Cave, Derbyshire

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

22 May 2008

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.

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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.

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:

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.