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Pappa Smudge
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PostSubject: Buxton Water :-)   Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:10 pm

Today James and investigated a dissused quarry on the outskirts of Buxton.


The site is abandoned at present, though I do know an approved planning application a year or so ago was made to turn it into a dive site. The flooded pit is about the same surface area as dotty.

We did three dives to explore only a small part of the quarry. We parked right up to the easy entry point (like 5 ft away) Smile When you first drop in, the water is very clear. The water temp up to 10m is 15degrees. At twenty metres the temp droped to a chilly 9degrees!

The dives were very interesting, with plenty of underwater trees to explore around. I'm on with a basic map, which I should be able to get on Friday.

After our dives I hit the Kayak to plumb the other side of the quarry. It would seem the max depth here is about 40m Very Happy - this is a site that needs diving and mapping. PLENTY to explore and close to home!
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:14 pm

I am glad I stumbled across this as it does seem to be a very useful dive site both close to you lot and me Smile and as smudge said with lots to see and do. More exploration is defiantly needed here
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:31 pm

Looks ace, gutted I couldn't make it. How long it take you to travel there?
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:51 pm

When are we going? Did you need permission to dive? can we just turn up and dive? We are free next Sunday and would love to give it a try........please Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:26 pm

Well because the roads were so busy and the road works on the A6 it took me all of 11 mins from my door takes aboout 50 mins from Huddersfield.
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:06 pm

As James says, takes me about 50mins in the van.

I'm still working on a map and basic plan. but as said this at least 40m deep (not much that i found with plumb line) end to end this is over 400m long (south to north) and about 180m at its widest point. BIG lake! The quarry is dolerite (limesone volcanic rock) i believe that most of this quarry in later years went into the M1 building, but still working on a full history.

I am trying to find who owns it? but there is no lock, signs or blockage to prevent access. We know from the local council, a dive centre had planning permission last year. So any time soon this could be turned into a commercial dive location. I'm trying to contact the applicant.

In the mean time this is an open site, it needs diving and exploring. It's on the door step!

It's close enough for an evening dive too!
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:39 pm

Looks good. Getting there for me is quicker than Blue Lagoon - and deeper!!
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:59 pm

Just worked out this is an altitude dive Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:46 am

So are these the ones near Smalldale?
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:02 pm






This Quarry is accross from the recyling plant. It is known as Waterswallows Quarry.

The water site is huge and is waiting to be explored. The only disadvantage is the altitude, not something that is a problem usually in the UK. The water level is at about 325m above sea. (Hodge is ony 190m!) This area is known as the HIGH PEAK for a reason! Remember Buxton is the Highest town ship in the country!
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:11 pm

Anyone else think the name is kind of ironic for a dive site?
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:21 pm




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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:50 pm

I agree with Pete and Ian - nice change from BL
When ?
where ?

After work or Sunday - make a change from usual crowded sites.
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:37 pm


Just on the outskirts of Buxton at Fairfield is the quarry. Its is about 35 miles traveling distances for me; as opposed to 30 mile to Blue Lagoon - BUT at the moment this site is FREE and is a damn sight deeper and bigger than BL.

LIKE I SAY the Disadvantage is its altitude above sea level... without getting into politics! This site could be lead to very serious decompression situations. The chance of problems are increased by over a third! Care with planning needs more consideration, and off gassing is vital before return trip over high ground!


PROSCUBA DISCLAIMER:

THIS DIVE site is at Altitude and for insurance and personal risk I would seek training before doing any diving here. This site is on private land with unknown access agreements.
It is set in a remote part of the derbyshire countryside. The site as no rescue factilities and is surrounded by steep cliffs.
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:50 pm

Found loads of info about this place and well excited now. Are you sure the planning was for the Quarry and not a dive shop? Smile Smile Smile

Just keep swimming just keep swimming Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:15 pm

Just checked it out on Google Maps.

There are two others too, smaller and I don't know access rights but will only be a 200-300yds away, they are closer to smalldale, nearer the quarry. I am sure james would be able to tell you more about them (the ones I am thinking off are where the used to do trail bikes etc

What about Eldon Hill too, I thought they were looking at shutting this quarry down a couple of years, that would be another. There are a lot of lakes and things around in that area.

So what is involved in the Altitude Diving Speciality, I agree this must be a must for diving here....
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:29 pm

There was talk of a trip out maybe on Wednesday evening - but this is still up in the air (I for one am not sure of my whereabouts yet but it would be nice if I can make it)
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:52 pm

Smile Eldon has nothing in, just a puddle in corner and the others arnt very deep. I have looked for years at holes. This one James as found seems too perfect to be true.

Skies is correct, a trip was discussed about Wednesday Evening, so I think thats the plan.

As for Alitude diver - thats easy! ProScuba Diving College do these Smile . The course is easy, one Theory, ie. Monday in pub! follwed by two dives at 300m+. Special price of 100 (normally 135) each if we can get at least eight together at the same time.
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:45 pm



This is the computer down load from one of the drop lines yesterday.

The blue area is actual depth - the red shows the depth alowing for the depth altitude ajustment. As you can when your down there diving it's so easy to outsatay your welcome.

eg.: 40m actual = 52m theorectical, which is huge difference!
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:48 pm

Huge difference when you consider that the dive site isn't THAT high!
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:40 pm

A question that has come up - in relation how high is this!

here are a few well known sites... and thier hights above sea level.... obviously these are all inland!

Dorothea - 183m
Hodge - 190m
Vivian - 150m
Birks Bridge - 160m
Wast Water - 75m
Devils Bridge - 80m
Vobster - 103m
Capernwray - 45m
Blue Lagoon - 20m
Gildenburgh - 3m (nearly under water it's self!)
Stoney Cove - 70m
NDAC - 18m

WATER SWALLOW - 325m
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:12 pm

Didnt need to write that smudge, you just need to look at the weather, It has just been hailing that says just how high it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:47 pm

So it looks like Sunday is on. Anyone else going to Buxton?
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:59 pm

Pete your post "So it looks like Sunday is on. Anyone else going to Buxton?"
Does this mean there is an organised dive going on Sunday 3rd July.
I might go if so - is there a post code for the sat - nav? - might have to read the posts again
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PostSubject: Re: Buxton Water :-)   Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:16 pm

Smile Its down under training at the moment. But it would be nice to see a few accross there.

Just got back from a second visit... in the sunshine it looked even better Very Happy
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