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Descent 287: digging everywhere!

A wide variety of news stories and superb features make up issue 287 of Descent, now distributed to caving outlets and subscribers. As usual, there ...
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Cobalt Mine: a rare ‘time capsule’ on Alderley Edge

A cobalt mine, abandoned in the early 19th century, has been discovered at Alderley Edge in Cheshire revealing a ‘time capsule’ of personal objects and ...
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NEW, SIMPLE, SAFETY ADVICE VIDEOS FOR DALES VISITORS

As readers of the CRO annual incident report, Rescue ’22, may recall, some of our members have been working with colleagues from the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and volunteers from Mosaic (the organisation which aims to connect ...
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BCRA honours David ‘Deej’ Lowe

BCRA Council has awarded Honorary Membership of the Association to Dr David J 'Deej' Lowe. The award is in recognition of his outstanding service to ...
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Thirteen Lives – limited cinema sceenings on 18th July 2022

Thirteen Lives, the Hollywood film of the Thai cave rescue, hits selected cinemas on Monday 18 July. The long-awaited Hollywood film directed by Ron Howard, ...
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BCRA Cave Science Symposium, AGM and field meeting, 8th – 9th October 2022

The 33rd BCRA Cave Science Symposium, hosted jointly with the Manchester Geological Association Symposium - Saturday 8th October, 2022 Field-trip - Sunday 9th October, 2022 ...
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Cleaning up!

The Speleological Union of Ireland (SUI), have been very active over the years with major cave conservation clean-ups, and they've been hard at work, this ...
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Descent 287 is coming soon, with huge holes, new caves and more …

Summer appears to have finally arrived, so instead of getting even hotter by pulling on grubby caving kit, why not relax in the sunshine with ...
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Caves of Assynt, edited by Tim Lawson and Peter Dowswell

The Grampian Speleological Group (GSG), Scotland's premier caving club, has a long history of producing guides to the country's caves; indeed this is third edition ...
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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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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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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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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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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 is still available! Catch up with caving news from around the regions. Available from Wild Places Publishing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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