Access to Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 1 entrance

The following information has been released by South Wales Caving Club regarding a revised access route to the entrance of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 1.

Due to some tensions with a local landowner, please note the following:

If you are walking from the SWCC HQ: take the road down the hill, past the start of The Pant footpath on your right, and after about another 350m, just past Powell’s Cave, climb over the metal gate (pictured below) on your right. You can then descend across SWCC-owned land to the entrance. There is no clearly defined path on this route but there are orange tape markers on trees to show the way, shown on the map below.

Revised route to OFD1

You should not use the garden of the cottage at Y Grithig to get to Ogof Ffynnon Ddu I (Bottom Entrance). In addition, you should no longer use the previous route to the cave via the footpath (known locally as The Pant x x x x on map) which starts 150m or so past the houses as you go down the hill. Access to the cave entrance from the bottom of The Pant is no longer possible as you would be on private land which cavers do not have permission to cross. You should not park or change in the bottom lay-by or in the road leading past Y Grithig as there is no longer access via this route either.

Gate onto SWCC land, on the road to Penwyllt.