Caving is highly-popular and one of the best ways to discover the Peak's inner beauty.
The Peak District is home to the highest natural cavern in the UK - Titan Cave, Castleton (464ft, 141.5m), discovered by local pot-holers in 2000.
Take the next step
Beginners must use an expert when giving it a go. There are several activity centres in the Peak District that offer an exhilarating days caving under the guidance of a suitably trained and qualified instructor. The centres will provide all the necessary equipment; wetsuit, oversuit, helmet, light and wellies. All you need are some warm clothes.
For further information visit www.british-caving.org.uk and follow the link "New to Caving?" Here you can download British Caving Association's two leaflets: "Try Caving" and "So, You Want to Go Caving."
The Peak District is riddled with fantastic underground formations which you can see in safe and well-lit show caves – visit the caves and caverns section at www.visitpeakdistrict.com The show caverns in Castleton are the only place that Blue John stone is found.
Also, check out these ambassador centres who offer caving opportunities.
- www.thedca.org.uk - Derbyshire Caving Association
- www.outdoor-learning.org - learn new outdoor skills on a recognised training course
- www.newtocaving.com - beginner's resource to caving
The Peak District enjoys an extensive public transport network, enabling you to have a full day out exploring the area without using the car.