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Club Caving Meetings, Trinity Term 2021


The table will be updated as the situation changes - I hope in the direction of more and longer trips.

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22nd May Mendips - Day Trip 25 - Rory Rose


29th May Peak District - Day Trip 25 - TBA




12th June possible Forest of Dean      


19th June possible Forest of Dean      

Bristol Exploration Club; BPF: Bull Pot Farm; MCG: Mendip Caving Group;
Northern Pennine Club; Orpheus: Orpheus Caving Club; SMCC: Shepton Mallet Caving Club;
:  South Wales Caving Club; TSG: Technical Speleo Group; UBSS: University of Bristol Speleological Society
Wessex Caving Club; Whitewalls: Chelsea Speleological Society; WSG: Westminster Speleo Group;
: Yorkshire Subterranean Society.

Cost covers: loan of equipment, transport, accommodation, food on site; but not food in transit or what you spend in the pub! See here for more information.
Trips must be paid for in advance
. Payment is by an online system.

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Going to the Dales? Going on an expedition ? Don't know the ropes ? - try SRT Training.

PLEASE help and volunteer to organise a weekend. If no-one organises the weekends they won't happen.
There is a detailed crib sheet on the website telling you exactly how to organise a weekend. TAKE A LOOK.

Other meets may be organised - please check at Wednesday meetings or via the OUCC mailing lists.

As usual details of the trips will be advertised closer in time. They will mostly be advertised on the oucc-all mailing list.
So if you want to stay up to date, please sign up following the instructions on the website: http://www.oucc.org.uk/current/mailists.htm

Saturday 22nd May (end of 4th week)- Mendips

The Mendips are our closest caving area, so a great choice for a day trip. Plan A is to go to Swildons, a classic cave with an active streamway and some beautiful flowstone. Many cavers fondly remember first trips here. Depending on how busy it is, we might descend a ladder by a waterfall and visit the sump for an intense and unforgettable introduction to caving, or we might have a thorough explore of the entrance series- there's a lot to see there! Plan B (if Swildons is very busy) is to either visit Goatchurch and Sidcott Swallet- a fun playpark-like trip for those who haven't caved before, or Eastwater, which is a bit more challenging (particularly for bigger cavers) but a surreal and rewarding experience with situations unlike anything you'd find on the surface.

Saturday 29th May (end of 5th week) - Peak District

The Peak district is just about near enough for a day trip and has some excellent caves. Plan A is to visit Peak Cavern, where we go beyond the showcave and into a vast system with lots of options to explore, so we can make the trip as long or short as you like. With a big streamway, fun climbs, and beautiful formations, this will introduce you to lots of different aspects of caving. Plan B (if the showcave isn't open or don't want to let us in) is Giant's Hole which has a round trip with some wonderful wiggly meanders and a traverse with a great view.

Later in term, perhaps 7th or 8th week - Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean is our second closest caving area and home to Slaughter Stream and Miss Grace's Lane. Slaughter Stream is our Plan A where we descend a ladder and have a good stomp down an excellent streamway, or ascend some climbs to see what we can find in the fossil series. Miss Grace's Lane is a pleasant maze-like cave with some fun climbing and crawling.