Suitable for anyone – Goatchurch Cavern offers a superb first caving experience for everyone with little or no prior experience, adults and children alike
Constant cave temperature – the dry cave environment has constant 11 degree temperature all year round
Choice of routes – the instructor can make it as adventurous and challenging as you like
Small group size – we keep groups small to ensure individualised attention and full engagement
Goatchurch Cavern is a ‘fossil cave’. Formed by the action of water over many thousands of years, it now no longer has water running through its main passageways. With its choice of chambers, passages, mazes, squeezes and features to explore and wonder at, it offers experiences for cautious beginners to intrepid explorers, children and adults alike, and your instructor will tailor each trip to ensure a fun, exciting experience suited to your level and goals. Goatchurch begins with a large inviting entrance that leads into the old Victorian show-cave. Keep an eye out for sleeping bats and interesting and beautiful formations such as stalactites, and the myriad of fossils embedded in the sedimentary rock.
Morning sessions will usually run between 10am and 1pm and afternoon sessions between 2pm and 5pm, however we are always happy to discuss alternative times to suit your needs.
Meeting Location and Facilities
We meet in Rock Outdoors’ main location in Burrington Combe (Post Code: BS40 7AT | OS grid ref: ST 47641 58771 | what3words: ///assume.shirtless.renews) at 10am or 2pm to kit up and get prepared. Rock Outdoors is based in the former ‘Burrington Inn’ along with Rock Cafe (currently permanently closed). There is ample free parking outside the building and of course toilet facilities inside the building. The walk from the car park to the cave entrance is about 15 minutes up a stony path through the woods with some steep steps at the end.
Clothing and Equipment
We provide full caving oversuit, helmet, head torch, belt and gloves. We can also provide wellie boots if needed.
Under the oversuit it is recommended you wear a tee shirt, a long sleeved stretch top and stretch trousers. Fleeces, leggings, jogging bottoms are all good – no jeans or inflexible material. Welly boots are worn in the cave for protection and grip and you will also need appropriate socks.
Please tie hair back in a low ponytail to accommodate the helmet; jewellery should be taken off and watches are worn at the wearer’s risk. Cameras, GoPros , phones etc. are carried at your risk – the environment is unforgiving and you don’t want to be concerned about damaging anything or be wearing anything that might hinder or obstruct your progress.
Food and Drink
Generally no food or drink is taken into the cave so it is recommended that you eat something to provide energy up to an hour before the trip. Snacks and drinks are very welcome afterwards!
If you need to carry an inhaler or any other medication, please let your instructor know.
Give the gift of adventure that will be remembered and shared far into the future!