Access and Conservation

Warning – access to caves around High Birkwith Farm in doubt

Jeff Wade abseiling in Calf Holes, Yorkshire Dales. Photo courtesy of Rob Eavis
High Birkwith Farm is now under new ownership and potentially this could cause problems for access to Calf Holes, Browgill, Old Ing, Birkwith, Dismal Hill ...
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Hang Son Doong- the cave that built a village

 Veteran caving film maker Sid Perou has teamed up with photographer Ryan Deboodt to produce a compelling thirty nine minute film about the discovery ...
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Review: Caves of North Wales Website

In today’s Information Age we’ve all become used to having what we want to know at our fingertips – literally! At times it seems as ...
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The ‘Definitive Opinion’ on CRoW and Cave Access

The ‘Definitive Opinion’ on CRoW and Cave Access
This article first appeared in the South Wales Caving Club newsletter for April 2018 and is reprinted here with kind permission from the author Gary ...
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News: CSCC Locks are Changing

The Council of Southern Caving Clubs (CSCC) are changing the locks on all of the caves for which they administer access. The previously used locks ...
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News: Conservation Work in Ogof Draenen

Taping, for good or bad, is a vital aspect of caving that ensures most of the cave is kept safe for future generations, restricting the ...
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News: Ogof Draenen – Update

A view along the Garndyrrus tram road. Photo: M. Jones
Following recent reports of the opening of a new entrance to Ogof Draenen and the statement from the Trustees of the Pwll Dhu Cave Management ...
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News: Statement from the Trustees of Pwll Du Cave Management Group

A view along the Garndyrrus tram road. Photo: M. Jones
We have been asked by the Trustees of Pwll Du Cave Management Group to publish the following statement, which is also being published today in Descent ...
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News: New Entrance to Ogof Draenen Opens Further Controversy

Ogof Draenen in South Wales has once again been plunged into an entrance-related controversy following a connection made to the surface from inside the cave ...
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News: Storm Angus hits Cheddar Gorge

Neil getting very wet 22-11.2016
Back in the winter of 2012/13 Cheddar Gorge flooded, damaging the road, and had to be closed for several months, until it dried out and ...
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News: Pen Park Hole Scheduled as Site of Special Scientific Interest

Laura Rawlings
Pen Park Hole, a spectacular hydrothermal cave beneath north Bristol, has now been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England ...
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News: BCA Publishes Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines

After several years of work by the Conservation & Access Committee, BCA has now published its Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines. This takes the form of ...
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News: Showcaves Closed To Cavers In Protest Against BCA CroW Campaign

Statement from the Association of British and Irish Showcaves. The Association of British and Irish Showcaves ( ABIS ) is the lead body representing all ...
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News: Cwmystwyth Mine works – Phase 1 completed

Roy Fellows reports another completed stage in the stabilisation program in Cwmystwyth Mine. The underground works phase 1, support of the stull above the skipway, ...
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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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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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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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