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Covid-19 & cave/mine exploration - DCA Update
Posted: 12/05/2020 19:29:33
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Covid-19 & caving / mine exploration activities

The DCA have been asked for advice on returning to caving following new Government guidance on exercise and we felt that we should update cavers on the current local situation. We are not here to police caving or advise one way or the other. What we have chosen to do is to lay out some of the facts as they currently are and highlight any information from relevant bodies or organisations.
Please remember that none of the volunteers here are legal experts and are only seeking to do our best to answer your questions.
We will update this document as the situation changes or national guidance becomes available.

Stay safe and well.
Posted on behalf of the DCA team.

Direct link to statement:
https://thedca.org.uk/images/dca/news/DCA_Covid-19_Response.pdf

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Posted: 12/05/2020 19:44:54
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Note that
People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of
distance

does NOT include travelling to the caves and mines of Wales.
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Posted: 12/05/2020 19:45:25
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That seems a clear, and sensible statement to me. No ifs or buts, just clarity. IP: 86.160.26.134
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Posted: 12/05/2020 19:47:14
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skimble wrote:

Note that
People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of
distance

does NOT include travelling to the caves and mines of Wales.

You are correct, hence this is posted in the English Midlands section of the forum and mentions local advice in the document.

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IP: 146.199.206.222 Edited: 12/05/2020 19:49:48 by Pete K
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Posted: 13/05/2020 08:05:03
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Something that has popped up this morning is an update to the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations.
Daily or unlimited exercise must be taken in "public open spaces":

--- (5) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(ba), “public open space” includes -
(a) land laid out as a public garden or used for the purpose of recreation by members
of the public;
(b) land which is “open country” as defined in section 59(2) of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949(a), as read with section 16 of the Countryside
Act 1968(b);
(c) land which is “access land” for the purposes of Part 1 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000(c) (see section 1(1) of that Act(d)). ---

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/500/pdfs/uksi_20200500_en.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0KCO1K0AnvjLsLK9_ELO5mGg1OnYF4J-Fm0zqTa9_X1_D2QPaQK7aCu4c

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IP: 146.199.206.222 Edited: 13/05/2020 08:05:23 by Pete K
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Posted: 13/05/2020 08:41:17
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Thankyou very much for taking the time to do this much appreciated IP: 82.132.229.85
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Posted: 13/05/2020 09:40:14
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You are most welcome.

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Posted: 15/05/2020 14:32:26
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The DCA have been made aware that the following cave/mine sites or areas are currently closed to visitors:

Bagshawe Cavern
Devonshire Mine
Peakshill Farm (Giant's & Snelslow)
Peak/Speedwell and other entrances
Rowter Farm

It is very likely that other land owners and tenant farmers, who's good will we rely on for access, will not welcome cavers at this time.
Please respect the wishes of the land owners. These caves are on private land, any unauthorised activity will risk long term access for all.
Just because a site is not listed here does not mean that access is currently okay.

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Posted: 02/06/2020 12:02:20
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DCA has updated its guidance on caving and mine exploration in the area during the current Covid-19 outbreak. This statement replaces the one issued on the 12th of May 2020. There is not a huge amount that has changed to be fair, but there have been some closures to land with caves/mines on which we've been asked to highlight.
Please read the full document on the DCA website here:
https://www.thedca.org.uk/
and check the access situation for your intended trip before you go here:
https://peakdistrictcaving.info/home/the-caves

The DCA does not police caving in the area, but we must urge cavers to act responsibly, consider carefully the nature and location of their intended trip and avoid sites where the landowner has closed access. Any updates to access will be reflected in the cave registry and across our social media.

At the time of writing this post, the current list of closed sites are as follows. Please bear in mind this list may go out of date quickly, so check the DCA website before your trip.
Ashford Black Marble Mine
Bagshawe Cavern
Devonshire Mine
All sites on Peakshill Farm (Giant's/Snelslow)
All sites on Perryfoot Farm (P8 etc...)
Peak/Speedwell system, including JH & Titan.
Other landowners may also not wish cavers to visit at this time, but we can only notify you of the ones who have spoken to us. It might be wise to avoid any site where a face to face meeting is required (i.e. to pay at a farm house) for a little longer, or ring ahead to make sure that they are happy for you to visit.

Stay safe, stay well and make good choices.
Pete Knight, on behalf of the DCA Committee

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