Sessions

Key Points

   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

 

Hens caving group

What to Expect

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.

Session Timings

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 the car park (Postcode: BS40 7AT | OS grid ref: ST 47641 58771 | what3words: ///assume.shirtless.renews) with public conveniences in Burrington Combe at 10am or 2pm to kit up and get prepared. The car park is just past the cattle grid up the gorge from the Burrington Inn (which unfortunately is currently closed). 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.

Hair/Jewellery/Electronics

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!

Inhalers/Medication

If you need to carry an inhaler or any other medication, please let your instructor know.

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