Cavefest 2021

Mendip

Thu 26 - Mon 30 August 2021

Mendip, Somerset

Thu 26 - Mon 30 August 2021

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Mendip, Somerset

Cavefest Mendip 2021

2021 brings us back to The Mendip Hills. New challenges await us here and the team are ready to go! Scroll below for all the latest festival information on what's happening this year.

Choose your cave

Whether you’re experiencing caving for the first time or looking for an exhilarating challenge, we’ll be exploring caves to suit all abilities!

Charterhouse cave

To the Singing Stal

Expert: an amazing cave with a fun entrance squeeze. Can be a tough trip.

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experienced

4-6 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

GB cave

A Great British Cave

Named after two cavers heavily involved in the initial exploration (F. J. Goddard and C. C. Barker of UBSS), this cave has everything. Some squeezes, a duck (but no sump), huge open caverns, a waterfall, a rock bridge and a large...

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intermediate

3-4 HRS

2000 M

wet Kit

GB Cave

Goatchurch cavern

Through trip

Kit Required: Basic (Over-suit, wellies, Helmet & Light) Wet or Dry: expect puddles Points to note: Very slippery under foot, route includes squeeze (optional) Appropriate for children of an adventurous nature This cave is the all...

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beginner

2 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Hunters hole

SRT fun trip

Easy, srt trip short and simple

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beginner

2 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Hunters lodge inn sink

Pretty pre-drink bimble

What could be better - a cave in a pub car park! And not just any pub, this is the legendary Hunter’s Lodge Inn, epicentre of most things caving on Mendip.Intermediate, fairly easy caving with a short pitch at the entrance a 300m tight...

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intermediate

3 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Manor farm swallet

Second Deepest Descent

Intermediate, srt or ladder first pitch. 2nd pitch short handling or srt. Fun cave wet with some interesting climbs. Entrance 40ft easy pitch that can be laddered or SRT, not free climable. Short incline passage which is a little bit of...

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intermediate

3 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Mangle hole

SRT aficionados trip

Intermediate, srt cave with a hard exit and an interesting rebelay on 2nd pitch.

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intermediate

3 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Pearl mine

Descend to the galleries

Leader cave Intermediate, unique opportunity to see a mendip mine big ladder to start no difficult caving.

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intermediate

3 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Rhino rift

Vertical SRT Trip

Intermediate art, Nice big pitch with some fun rebelays and deviation.

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experienced

3 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

St Cuthberts Swallet

Sump one Tourist Trip

Intermediate, cave itself has nothing difficult but entrance rift can be hard work when tired.

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intermediate

4-6 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Swildons hole

Upper Series

Various trips all wet. From novice to expert theres something for everyone. A lovely little trip where you can slip and slide into the entrance.

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beginner

3 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Stoke lane slocker

Stoke one

Expert, difficult cave due to awkward sump but well worth it for the delights. This cave is another active streamway cave and is often flowing well.

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experienced

4 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

We recommend a wet kit for this cave

Spider hole

Cheddar Risings feeder

Easy srt, short cave 3 easy pitches a little squeeze at the entrance.

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beginner

2 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Sidcot swallet

There and back again

A sporting trip, suitable for novices and fun for the experienced Points to note: Upper body strength an advantage for the Lobster pot

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beginner

2 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Thrupe lane swallet

Marble Streamway

Intermediate srt, long pitch and interesting exchange trip and through trip.

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intermediate

3-6 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Upper flood swallet

Neverland

Leader based cave. Expert, hard work 6 hour trip very wet with lots of squeezes. Not for the faint hearted. Well worth it for the prettys.

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experienced

6 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Wookey 21

The Dig

Leader cave Intermediate, beyond the showcave nothing difficult. Interesting and wet.

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intermediate

2 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Goatchurch cavern

Beyond the Dexion

Kit required: Basic as for the novice part of the trip Points to note: Tight, not for more than average build This part of the cave is for those who fancy a challenge.

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beginner

2 HRS

300 M

basic Kit

Rods Pot

Through Trip to Bath Swallet

Kit required - Basic kit. Expect puddles, crawling, awkward manoeuvres and climbing up and down. The perfect cave for cavers just starting out who want to explore the sport.

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beginner

2 HRS

-

basic Kit

Reads Cavern

Gentle Bimble

Kit required - Basic kit This trip only visits a large cavern, just below the surface, once lived in by early man.

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beginner

1 HRS

-

basic Kit

Drunkards Hole

Deep descent

Not much in the way of formations but an interesting squeezy entrance passage leads to a large chamber and a couple of digs.

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intermediate

2 HRS

-

basic Kit

Longwoods Swallet

August Hole & Swing Pitch

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intermediate

3 HRS

-

wet Kit

Banwell Bone Caves

See the bones

No skill reuqired No kit required. Tour guide included. (tea & scones optional) This little trip has been pre paid for 5 guests but has capacity for 10. If you wish to experience this guided trip please let us know as if numbers...

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beginner

2 HRS

-

basic Kit

Resevoir Hole

To the Frozen Deep

Leader led trip, no novices, must have done half a dozen trips. Scrabbly climb down and crawling until you eventually meet a 2 ladder pitch with platform to the Frozen Deep. One of the largest cave chambers in the UK, well decorated and...

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intermediate

3.5 HRS

-

dry Kit

Sandford Levy

Family Friendly trip

This is an excellent cave to experience going underground for the first time. A half mile countryside walk from the Mendip Outdoor center offers fun on the approach for children and families and a chance to see other mine entrances along...

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beginner

1 HRS

-

basic Kit

Rose cottage cave

Short and pretty

A short steeply descending trip containing some squeezes and some attractive decorated sections .

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beginner

-

-

basic Kit

Shute shelve cavern

Geology enthusiast

Geologically unusual, this short trip alternates between short crawls and some of the largest chambers in west Mendip.

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beginner

-

-

basic Kit

Mendip, Somerset

The Itinerary

Whether you’re experiencing caving for the first time or looking for an exhilarating challenge, we’ll be exploring caves to suit all abilities!

Campsite

Thu 26 - Mon 30 August 2021

Reserve your place

26Thu

10:00 am

Open for Arrivals

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Early Check-In

27Fri

9:30 am

Early Risers Group Caving

Meet the crew and cave together

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Afternoon Group Caving

7:00 pm

Meet New Friends

8:00 pm

Bar Open

8:00 pm - 12:00 am

Live music and disco

10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

DJ Dan's Disco

11:30 pm

Bar Close

12:00 am

Close

28Sat

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Sign In & Meet the Leaders

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Caving

11:00 am

Activities available onsite

What's on?

2:00 pm

Treasure hunt and other comps and workshops

7:00 pm

Bar Opens

Fancy dress 70s theme

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Live funky music

9:40 pm

Winners announcements

10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Live jivey music

12:00 am

Close

29Sun

10:00 am

Meet Your Leaders

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Caving

11:00 am

Activities available onsite

What's on?

7:00 pm

Bar Opens

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Quiz

8:30 pm

Competition Reminder

9:00 pm

Cher live!

10:30 pm

Disco

12:00 am

Close

30Mon

10:00 am

Open Cave Trips All Day

No leaders provided. The idea is to spend your time caving and being social. This way people will meet new people and get the chance to network and make new connections. Some activities will be available during the day.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Final Goodbye at the Marquee

Soft drinks available

7:00 pm

Close Competitions

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Other activities

Mendip AONB Guided Walks

A levels of walking routes will be available and local experienced guides will...

27Fri

29Sun

Mendip Cave Rescue Workshop

A chance to involve yourself hands on and face to face in some real cave rescue...

27Fri

29Sun

Mendip Outdoors activities.

A whole range of other outdoor activities will be available during the festival....

26Thu

30Mon

Banwell Bone Caves Tour

A local cave attraction not to be missed. A guided tour of the caves and...

27Fri

29Sun

Cave Diving information workshop

A brilliant opportunity to learn from experienced cave divers and up and coming...

27Fri

30Mon

SRT tower

The perfect place to refine your existing skills, or even learn a new one.

26Thu

30Mon

Equipment Stalls

Fancy a new shiny thing? Maybe a new replacement for "old faithful". How about...

26Thu

30Mon

Food Vendors

A choice of onsite food outlets will offer you plenty of options for something...

26Thu

30Mon

Onsite Bars

Our 2 onsite bars will offer you the best locally sourced variety of outstanding...

27Fri

29Sun

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Mendip, Somerset

Thu 26 - Mon 30 August 2021