Discover Caving

Discover Caving - caving activities for individuals and small groups.

Join Peak Instruction on a trip into the dark, magical places beneath the surface on a Discover Caving trip. You’ll visit one of the Peak District’s amazing caves and explore deep into the 350 million year old landscape.

You don’t have to have any previous experience for this activity, and it can be enjoyed by anyone 10 years old or above. The caving can be quite physical if you choose to test yourself, but normal fitness levels will be fine. We will provide kneepads for you, as a certain amount of crawling is part of the experience.

This 2-3 hour caving activity will involve a trip into a local cave or mine system. Depending on which cave we visit on the day, cavers may come across short scrambles, river passages, cave mud and even the option to try some squeeze challenges or longer, more physical sections of caving passage.

A Discover Caving Trip is perfect for anyone who has never caved before. It’s ideal for families, individuals or small groups wanting to discover what caving is really like without committing to a full day underground. Our aim is to give you a friendly introduction to the sport in a relaxed setting where harder challenges are your choice to take part in or not. We keep our groups small, so it feels like a very personal service, you’ll be part of group with a maximum ratio of 8 people to 1 instructor.

Ignore the stereotype of scary, tight and dangerous caving that can be presented by the media and discover for yourself what it is really like down there. You’ll be amazed at the environment beneath your feet.

£34.00 per person

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  1. To book, choose the activity slot using the drop down menu.
  2. Click Add to Cart.
  3. On the PayPal website you can adjust the quantity to match the number of places you are booking. If it won’t let you check out, you have selected more places than there are available on the session. In that case, please contact us so we can see if we can add more spaces by adding extra staff to that session.
  4. Pay via your PayPal account or using a bank card through their secure checkout.
  5. You’ll get an email from us with your booking confirmation and activity details once we receive confirmation of payment.

Discover Caving Activity Information

Ratio
8 participants to 1 instructor (reduced to 5:1 due to Coronavirus)
Times
Start times can vary, so check the times available on the listed dates above.
Overall, the activity will last between 2 and 3 hours depending on group size and this includes the kitting up time.
Overview
This activity will involve a trip into a local cave (or mine system if weather poor). Depending on which cave we visit on the day, cavers may come across short scrambles, river passages, cave mud and even the option to try some squeeze challenges or longer, more physical sections of caving passage. Our aim is to give you a friendly introduction to the sport in a relaxed setting where harder challenges are your choice to take part in or not.
Participant Suitability
No prior experience is needed. Average fitness levels are all that is required. The site is predominantly uneven, smooth rock with some short steep sections and low roofs that require stooping. You will need to walk around 1km over the whole experience, but this broken up into small sections. This activity can be enjoyed by anyone 10 years old or above. Parents of younger children can contact us for a chat about bringing younger kids along.
Included in the cost
We provide all safety equipment, caving specific clothing and gloves.
Your group will have its own instructor.
We always endeavour to bring one of our cameras along to our activities (subject to breakages etc..). Photos are provided free of charge when they are taken by us.
Please Bring
You will need your own transport to get to and from the activity meeting point and then to follow in convoy to the farm where the cave is located. Parking locations will be provided after booking. The activity takes place near Castleton, Derbyshire.
We will provide wellies if needed. If you have your own please bring them, so long as they are rubber soled and not plastic.
Please read the clothing advice and make sure you bring enough layers. The cave is only around 8 degrees.
A hair tie for long hair is a good idea.
In hot weather, bringing a bottle of water is a good idea.
Accessibility
The site is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible throughout, so we would class this activity as unsuitable for those who are wheelchair dependant. We can sometimes accommodate individuals with mobility issues or other physical conditions on this activity, but we would like to have a conversation with you prior to booking. Sadly it is not always possible to accommodate people on the Discover Caving sessions due to the terrain of the site, but we might be able to arrange a bespoke activity for you.
Other
Sorry but dogs are not permitted on this activity.
The challenges are all optional and if you don’t wish to do one there will be no pressure from our staff team. In that circumstance, you can easily bypass the challenge or watch.
All under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying parent. Spectators are not allowed unless they have paid for a slot on the activity. As a rule, this means that participating children must be accompanied by a paying, participating parent.

Pete and Beth are both members of the Association of Caving Instructors.

Discover Caving with Peak Instruction