Caving News

News: ABIS and BCA Agree Joint Statement

Photography by GeoPictures.net
Following the one day closure of showcaves to cavers by the Association of British and Irish Showcaves as a protest against BCA's CroW campaign, subsequent ...
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Event: Gaping Gill August Winch Meet

As many cavers know, Gaping Gill is open to the public twice a year. This summer it's the Craven Pothole Club's (CPC) winch meet and anyone ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 8th August

Information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is to be a planned release of water from an ...
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News: New Comms System For Use On Cave Rescues

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association is using a new communication system known as Cave-Link to help them on cave rescues. Communications are a critical part ...
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The British Caving Library

The British Caving Library (BCL) is a national research and reference library based in the Peak District, owned by BCRA and staffed part-time by a ...
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News: New Rope Research Website

For many years, a small group of enthusiastic individuals have been having a lot of fun breaking caving rope, and all in a good cause, ...
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Event: Mendip Regional Event, EuroSpeleo 2016

We're just a month away from the start of the EuroSpeleo 2016 event, "Caves and Caving in the Mendip Hills", and we're really looking forward ...
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News: Descent Reaches Milestone 250th Edition

The 250th edition of the caving magazine Descent is arriving on cavers’ mats this week and that’s a milestone in the life of Descent that ...
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News: Stunning New Discoveries in Bruniquel Cave

New dating evidence has confirmed that Neanderthal man made their way deep into caves in France and created complex structures from broken stalagmites and stalactites ...
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News: Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Gets Funds Boost

The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team has been saving lives above and below ground for over 67 years and indeed their current base was the ...
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Update: Still time to join cave excavations at Lower Winskill

Back in April we reported that Tom Lord was inviting people to join the upcoming excavation of Haggs Brow Cave, at Lower Winskill near Settle ...
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Equipment: Do You Use a Croll Ascender?

Do you use a Croll ascender? If so, we strongly advice you to take a look at this recent information release from Petzl for your ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 14 April

Information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is to be a planned release of water from an ...
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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: 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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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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News: Alyn Gorge Caves – Important advice for North Wales cavers

The following letter has been circulated by Natural Resources Wales for the attention af all cavers and caving clubs active in North Wales, specifically the ...
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Update: Legal action over Drws Cefn entrance draws closer

We brought you news last year about the threat of legal action from cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers and on the responses from both Natural Resources Wales ...
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News: Pen-y-ghent by Trike

If you are not a walker, getting to the summit of Pen-y-Ghent is a serous hike. For most walkers it's a good day out - ...
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Event: Northern CHECC

This year’s fast approaching Council of Higher Education Caving clubs satellite event (Northern CHECC) is a mini student caving forum mainly for northern student caving ...
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Event: Irish Student Caving Forum

This year's Irish Student Caving Forum is being hosted by the Dublin City University Caving Club in Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim on the 25th - 28th ...
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Update: Goyden Pot News

As already reported numerous and severe recent floods have resulted in changes at Goyden Pot. The Black Sheep Diggers have visited the site and report ...
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News: 10 Secret Historical Sites Beneath London

Have you ever wandered around the streets of London wondering what's beneath your feet, or driven around the countryside nearby not even knowing you're passing ...
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