Huge sinkhole opens up in Derbyshire countryside

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

The hole, which eye witnesses said measured about 160ft wide, has opened up 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 in the day before.

He said he has 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 on Christmas Day

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.”

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