Event: The 11th Balkan Caving Camp, 28th August to 3rd September 2017

Event: The 11th Balkan Caving Camp, 28th August to 3rd September 2017

The Hellenic Federation of Speleology has invited all cavers to join them in the 11th Balkan Caving Camp. The event is being held from August 28th to September 3rd 2017 in Leonidio in the Peloponnese in Greece and is being organized by the Hellenic Federation of Speleology together with the Balkan Speleological Union. The registration…

News: Exploration progresses at Wookey Hole

News: Exploration progresses at Wookey Hole

Since the completion of the show-cave tunnel to Chamber 20 in Wookey, last year, a number of groups have been digging and exploring in various nooks and crannies that had never been properly pushed by the divers. This work has now borne its first fruits with the discovery of an overland (dry) route to Edmund’s…

News: St Cuthbert’s Reopened and Water Level Warning

News: St Cuthbert’s Reopened and Water Level Warning

We reported in November that St. Cuthbert’s Swallet, on Mendip had been closed due to instability in the entrance series Happily we can now report that the necessary remedial work has taken place and that the cave has now been reopened by the BEC. However, Hannah Bennett, the BEC’s Caving Secretary notes that: “… water…

Update: More news on Drws Cefn legal threats

Update: More news on Drws Cefn legal threats

We reported on 24 November 2015 about the legal action threatened by cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers against Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the landowner concerning their claim to have access rights to Drws Cefn under the CRoW legislation. In the latest development in this long-running issue, their solicitors have now been sent a…

News: Earby Pothole Club looking for ex members to help celebrate 70 years

News: Earby Pothole Club looking for ex members to help celebrate 70 years

  Please note the date of the Earby dinner has changed to the 13th February 2016. With the end 2015 fast approaching the Earby Pothole Club will soon enter their 71st year, and are planning a club dinner to celebrate seven decades of exploration. The event takes place on 13th February 2016 from 6.30pm at the Craven Arms in Settle….

Exploration: Discovery and Survey of Upper Canada Cave

Exploration: Discovery and Survey of Upper Canada Cave

Correspondent: Nick Harding. Axbridge Caving Group have broken into the long lost Upper Canada Cave in Hutton, near Western-super-Mare. The discovery of Upper Canada Cave came about during the quest for the lost cave of Hutton visited by Alexander Catcott in the 18th century. The discovery of masses of bones helped Catcott with his book “A Treatise…

News: Cavers Threaten Legal Proceedings Against Landowners

News: Cavers Threaten Legal Proceedings Against Landowners

Cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers are involved in the on-going dispute over closing or gating the Drws Cefn entrance to Ogof Draenen in South Wales. On the 20th November 2015 their solicitors, Richard Buxton of Cambridge, wrote to Natural Resources Wales, sending copies to the Pwll Du Management Group and also to the landowner….

Rescue: UWFRA assist fallen walker at Heber’s Gyhll

Rescue: UWFRA assist fallen walker at Heber’s Gyhll

Sixteen UWFRA members attended a call out at Heber’s Gyhll near Ilkley on Saturday assisting a 61 year old male who had fallen five metres into a stream, sustaining shoulder and pelvic injuries. After treatment he was hauled up a short climb and carried to a waiting ambulance. The walkers family later expressed their thanks on the UWFRA…