About Trips

Freshers’ Day Trips

The first trips of the year will be to Peak Cavern in the Peak District. This is a huge network of tunnels, much of which is accessible to complete beginners. In the morning we travel together to the caving hut in Castleton. Throughout the day small groups will be guided through the cave by experienced members of the club while the rest hang out at the hut, getting to know each other and playing caving games. The route through the cave is spectacular: you enter through the vast caverns of the show cave then go beyond and deeper into the cave. Here you’ll find cavernous passages (including some of the best tubular passage in the country), waterfalls, ladders, impressive underground streamways, rock formations and plenty of boulders to scramble over. This is an ideal introductory trip, however if you don’t make it, don’t worry: you can join the club at any time. These trips cost £15 (tbc) each day.

Weekend Trips

We run regular weekend trips throughout the term to some of the most stunning parts of the UK: the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, South Wales and the Mendips. We stay in caving ‘huts’ (really cottages with dorm bedrooms), travelling there on the Friday, socialising that night, caving on both the Saturday and Sunday (optional for the tired/hungover), making a big joint meal then more socialising on the Saturday evening then travelling back on the Sunday evening. Here you will see a wide variety of caves, from those accessible by only walking and scrambling to those requiring SRT (Single Rope Technique – what we use to get into more vertical cave systems). Some have huge pitches to abseil down, some with accompanying waterfalls, others have an intricate network of tunnels to explore, some with raging streamways, some with scrambling, some with incredible rock formations – all of them a challenge and a showcase of the amazing natural world. Early trips will focus on more horizontal (walking and scrambling) caves, moving on to the more vertical when we have trained you in SRT. These trips normally cost around £45 for the whole weekend, covering transport, hut fees, meals and cave access fees.

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    Lancaster Hole
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    Caving Hut Games
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    Outside Thistle Cave