The Derbyshire Pennine is fairly unique in the area, in that we've always been a multi-activity club. Not concentrating on a single outdoor sport has always allowed members the freedom to do something different on every meet. Many climbers also cave, with many walkers also being climbers  - and so on. There is always somebody doing something. With around 50 members, we are a relatively small club, but this has always created a friendly and sociable environment, within which new members are always made welcome.

The club organises regular weekend meets away throughout the country, and local day meets on a Sunday. The climbers and cavers, also meet up during weekday evenings throughout the year. For more information on this, view the links to the right.

On a Sunday Meet, regardless of who's doing what, each group will join together at the end of the day, for a meal either at our Club Hut in Stoney Middleton, or a local Pub. Weekend Meets away follow a similar pattern, with the climbers, cavers and walkers regrouping at the end of the day for a communal dinner, provided by the meet leader and his unlucky helpers.

The majority of members are based in and around the Peak, but with many also living further afield - ranging from Devon to Scotland, via Barbados.

If you'd like to know more, or might be interested in joining the club on one of our Weekend or local Sunday meets, visit the Contact page for details.


Origins


The DPC’s roots go back to the 1890’s when the Kyndwr Club was first formed to walk, climb and cave in the White and Dark Peak of Derbyshire, a long time before the Peak District National Park was created. The membership then consisted of professional ‘gentlemen’, some of strong personalities, and it was not many years before a rift appeared in the membership and sides were taken. History dictates that the final decline of the Kyndwr Club was due to the argument that occurred after the ascent of High Tor Gully in Matlock by J.W.Puttrell. A miffed E.A.Baker questioned the validity of the ascent and it was not long before indignant letters were being written in the national and climbing press between Baker and friends of Puttrell. The Kyndwr Club disbanded soon afterwards.

The DPC was then formed in November 1906, by J.W.Puttrell and friends. Puttrell was the leading pioneer of cave exploration and climbing in Derbyshire in the years before the First World War, and his name, alongside Henry Bishop, can be found in the first ascent lists of almost every crag within the Peak. Caving was also an important activity of the Club and many Derbyshire caves and mines were discovered or re-explored during this period.

The First World War brought activities to a close, but in 1919 the club continued with its explorations, and in 1934 after 4 long years of digging, members finally broke through the restricted 'Narrows' in Nettle Pot to discover one of the Peak's most popular vertical caves. Including the spectacular Elizabeth Shaft. This perhaps remains one of the club's finest achievements to date. But with the DPC still going strong, and the three founding disciplines of "Rock Climbing, Cave Exploration & Hill Walking" still driving the club - who knows what the future may hold. Here's to another 100+ years!

For more information on the club's early years of climbing and cave exploration, visit the Club Archives.


Club Hut


Located in the village of Stoney Middleton, Carlswark Cottage is ideally suited for kindred clubs and groups looking for hut-styled accommodation in the Peak District.

Upstairs there are bunks for 10 persons (plus mattresses for 3 more sleeping on the floor if required), alongside a washroom and 2 showers. Downstairs is a living-dining area, with 2 cookers, 2 fridges and everything else required for self-catering. There is electric heating throughout and a coal/wood burning stove downstairs for extra warmth in the winter months.

The climbing in Stoney Middleton is a five minute walk from the hut - as is Carlswark Cavern and Streaks Pot for the cavers. For Mountain Bikers, we have a classic route with some of the best descents in the Peak District leading straight from our door.

Across the road, The Moon Inn comes recommended for its food.

See The Hut for more details.