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VISITS BY CAVING AND MINING CLUBS

All visits to the mines have to be arranged with a DCC member.  To find out more, read the rest of this page or send an email to the Club at the address below.  All visitors (and members) have to comply with certain conditions including listing the names of all those who go down the mines.  If you want to get the list prepared in advance of your trip, you can download a blank copy here: VISITOR LISTThe traverse in West Mine known as Nigel's Nightmare

Planning your visit

The DCC welcomes members of other similar organisations and our members will happily lead you - with a light touch - around the mines of your choice.  Leading does not mean following a set route, we'll give you some options and you can choose for yourself.  There are some routes that are easy walking, others need SRT (either down only or down and back up), some need good caving kit (waste deep water and above - ooooh!).  You will need to be an insured caver or become a Guest Member of the DCC for which an application form can be downloaded here

Cavers in the Lost Canal in West MineFor a detailed map of the area, follow this link to the main Alderley mines page

We can let you change in the Surgery, our meeting room and store at Alderley Edge and we have plans and artefacts on display in the Museum behind the Wizard.  As far as possible, the Club will try to accommodate more experienced visitors. However, the National Trust impose certain conditions regarding leaders who must be DCC members.  If you are interested in a general tour or a visit to a specific part of the mines, please contact the Club well in advance.  If you just want to join in with the Club's activities, feel free to turn up on a Tuesday night or a Sunday and take your chance.  Contact the Club through the email above if you want to speak to some of the regular diggers to see what is likely to be going on when you visit.   We usually meet at the Surgery, opposite the Wizard, or in the main car park.

You need to be aware that the National Trust car park costs about £4 a day for cars and more for coaches.  NT members get free car parking on production of a current membership card.  (NOTE: If you are planning to visit with a coach or high vehicle, please contact the National Trust in advance on 01625 584412 to arrange for the car park barrier to be lifted.)

There is an excellent tea room behind the Wizard which serves home-made cakes, tea, coffee, etc. at weekends and an ice-cream van in the car park on most days.  There is also the Wizard which now has a pub licence and serves good local draught bitter.

More information

Leaflets about the mines are printed for the Open Days and can also be downloaded here:


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