Giant's Hole

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Inside the Entrance Series
Giant's Hole
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Map showing the location of Giant's Hole
Map showing the location of Giant's Hole
Giant's Hole within Derbyshire
Location Castleton, Derbyshire
OS grid SK1194282685
Coordinates 53°20′27″N 1°49′20″W / 53.34093°N 1.82211°W / 53.34093; -1.82211Coordinates: 53°20′27″N 1°49′20″W / 53.34093°N 1.82211°W / 53.34093; -1.82211
Depth over 120 metres (390 ft)
Length over 3 kilometres (1.9 mi)
Access No prior permission required but a £3 per caver fee is charged, payable at booth in the parking area
Cave survey Giant's Hole Survey

Giant's Hole is a well-known cave near Castleton in Derbyshire, consisting mostly of large passages. It is a stream-way cave, and part of the Karst topography of the area.[1]

There is a complex system connecting the cave to Oxlow Cavern and Maskhill Mine to the south. The Entrance Series[2] is easily accessible making it a favourite with novices and groups. The stream that flows into the entrance can be followed through the cave, bypassing three sumps, to the East Canal, Giant's Hole's terminal sump.

There are several major tributary passages and a high-level fossil series that provides an alternative route through the cave and makes up part of the classic "round trip". East Canal has been dived to a depth of 24 metres (79 ft) in drought (but water levels are normally much higher). The connection to Oxlow Cavern is a serious undertaking and many cavers have underestimated the difficulty of the passage.[3]

Since 2002 the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation has attended 11 callouts to Giant's Hole, one of which resulted in a fatality.[4]


  1. ^ Leibundgut, Christian; Gunn, John; Dassargues, Alain, eds. (1998). "The Castleton Karst". Karst Hydrology (IAHS Proceedings & Reports). International Association of Hydrological Sciences. ISBN 1-901502-40-6. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Giant's Hole, Castleton, Part 1" (PDF). Micro Guide. Peak District Caving. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Giant's Hole Part 2" (PDF). Micro Guide. Peak District Caving. 15 December 2006. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Lydon, Paul. "DCRO Call-outs Page". Retrieved 2015-04-22.