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News: New app helps lead mining come to life in the Yorkshire Dales

One of the pleasures I get from being involved in the underground exploration of old mine workings is discovering that there is often just as ...
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Why the BCA should listen to show cave owners.

Photography by GeoPictures.net
A recent article in Descent based on a letter from Ashford Price, member of the Association of British and Irish Show Caves (ABIS), expresses the Associations ...
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Access: CRoW update – divisions deepen

The issue of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 continues to divide the caving community. As we reported early in January, Tim Allen ...
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Birks Fell Cave breakthrough – 48 years ago

The Wet Cascade into the beginning of the Grand Gallery
Story and photos courtesy of Howard Beck - www.howardmbeck.co.uk Not every day is it that the average person is given opportunity to walk where no ...
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News: Descent 249 Now Available

Descent 249 is now available! Catch up with caving and mining news from around the regions. Features in this issue include: a fascinating article on ...
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News: Littondale and Settle Road Closures during April and May

Anyone thinking of heading up to Littondale over the next five weeks is likely to face road works from 4th April to 13th May according ...
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News: Roy Fellows Completes Impressive Efforts in Talybont Mine

Roy Fellows reports that his hard work stabilising Allt-y-Crib (Talybont) Mine is now completed. This project featured briefly on Darkness Below in January this year. Roy has ...
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News: An invitation to join cave excavations at Lower Winskill

Photos and article courtesy of Tom Lord The first phase of excavations at Haggs Brow Cave, Lower Winskill http://www.lowerwinskill.co.uk/  will take place from Friday 20th ...
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News: Cave Find Rewrites Irish History

A bear bone found nearly 100 years ago in a cave in Co. Clare, Ireland has provided evidence enabling archaeologist Dr Marion Dowd to re-write ...
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News: Breakthrough in Tween Twins Hole, Burrington Combe, Somerset

A major breakthrough has been made in Tween Twins Hole, Burrington Combe, Somerset. Darkness Below has received the following report from the diggers: After many ...
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Descent 248 Still Available

Descent 248 is still available! Catch up with caving news from around the regions. Available from Wild Places Publishing ...
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News: Hunters Lodge Inn Sink, Somerset, Closed Due To Deliberate Vandalism

A report has just been received by Darkness Below of deliberate vandalism to Hunters Lodge Inn Sink on Mendip. We are sad to report that ...
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Event: Report on Southern CHECC

Darkness Below has received a report on the recent Southern CHECC 2016, held in the Mendips on the 4th-6th of March. Firstly, a massive thank ...
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Force Crag Mine Tours 2016

The National Trust is offering guided tours of the surface remains of Force Crag Mine, worked for zinc and barite, high in the Lake District ...
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March 2016 NAMHO Newsletter

In the March 2016 NAMHO newsletter, the headline story is, understandably, the closure of Kellingley Colliery, the last deep coal mine in Britain, which took ...
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Book Review: The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland by Marion Dowd

Ireland has long been a popular destination for cavers the world over. But there is much more to Irish caves than simply their sporting interest ...
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Event: Southern CHECC

Last call for anyone interested in signing up for training at the Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs' Southern event taking place on Mendip this ...
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News: Progress at Tankard Shaft, Somerset

In January, Darkness Below reported that work had started on a new dig called Tankard Shaft, an undocumented mine shaft, tantalisingly close to Tankard Hole, ...
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