If you have got this far, you are probably thinking either that you would like to meet up with some Club members and see whether you want to join in our trips or maybe you have never caved before. If your interest is in a novice trip, then read on. If you want to join a more experienced trip, jump forward to the next part of this page. In either case, you can either get in touch by e-mail to Meetslist or you can fill in the form on the page for potential new members.
A word of caution, one thing we cannot provide except at Alderley Edge is an "underground experience" for its own sake. If you want to try out caving to be able to say you have done it but have no serious interest in the sport, you are welcome to arrange a trip to Alderley either on an organised party or on an Open Day or else you should contact one of the organisations that provide caving on a professional basis (try Googling for "caving training trips").
New members are always welcome in the caving and mining side of the Club. It is recognised that new caving members may need training to help them to become safe and skilful cavers. Members of the Club are therefore prepared to take novice cavers on trips in Derbyshire and Yorkshire to help them learn the sport. Trips for novices require careful planning to ensure the right ratio of experienced to new cavers and to find a suitable cave so we may not be able to arrange a novice training trip "to order". The Club has available a small amount of equipment and lights which it is able to loan to novices to help them on their first trips. After that, novices are expected to buy their own personal equipment such as clothing, helmet, light and selected safety items. To find out more about novice trips, contact the Club.
Caves typically visited by the Club for novice trips include P8, Giants and Peak in Derbyshire and parts of the Kingsdale system in Yorkshire. However, we also use the mines at Alderley Edge as a practice area for real caving techniques as well as trying out methods such as abseiling and prusiking on the surface (see pictures below).
If you are interested in novice trips, go to our page for new members and see what is being planned that might suit you.
(Some of these pictures can be clicked to see a larger version.)
|Abseil practice in Spain||Prusiking in a tree||Underground in Spain||Novices in West Mine|
|Novices in West Mine||Novices in West Mine||Novices in West Mine||Novices in West Mine|
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Over recent years, the balance of the Club has shifted towards work at Alderley Edge Mines. Nevertheless, some members still undertake experienced caving trips in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and South Wales. If you contact the Club via any member or fill in the form below, you will be put in touch with the members who regularly cave in limestone areas. The Club also has an overlapping membership with the Alternative Derbyshire Caving Club (which is also based in Stockport!) and which is dedicated to caving. You can also look at our meets list to see if there is anything that interests you.
|Rigging in Alum Pot, Yorkshire||A grovel in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire||Crawling into a decorated passage in Matienzo, Spain||Wet section in Skye, Scotland|
|The main streamway in Peak Cavern, Derbyshire -
a classic river passage
|The stream in Bridge Cave, South Wales
in high water conditions
|Decorations in Bagshawe Cavern, Derbyshire||Ascending the entrance pitch in Lancaster Hole,
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Last updated: 30/11/2012
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