Huge hole opens in field

Foolow sink-hole collapse
Foolow sink-hole collapse

A large sinkhole has appeared in a field in a Peak District village in Derbyshire.

The hole, which eyewitnesses said measured about 160ft wide and 130ft deep, has opened up on a field in the village of Foolow.

Caver Mark Noble, aged 58, from Eyam, said he saw the hole during a walk on Christmas Day, but believes the land began to fall the day before.

He said he had explored the caves at Foolow in the past as huge cavities were left in the area from an old lead mine.

Mr Noble saw the giant hole during a walk with his wife Wendy.

He said: “It’s quite a large hole and it’s getting bigger all the time.

“It’s probably increased by about 10 per cent since it opened up.

“It is quite interesting, but there are two other similar large holes that appeared about half a mile away from this one in the 1970s, so it’s not a new thing.”

It is thought the area, believed to have caved in on Sunday, was part of the old Mill Dam lead mine near Buxton.

Derbyshire Council said it had closed the path near the site which is on private land, due to safety fears.