- For those looking for a little more challenge
- Suitable for novices and experienced cavers alike
- Unaccompanied children have to be 10 or older and have previous caving experience
- You will get wet! – No swimming necessary, but an enjoyment of flowing water, paddling, climbing up and through chutes of water a necessity.
What to Expect
Following the waterway through its passages, caverns, pools and waterfalls, there is guaranteed challenge and fun for those with an adventurous spirit and an enjoyment of getting very wet!
Wet caves are alive and continuing to evolve as streams, waterfalls, pools and cascades of water continue to carve their way through the cave system. You’ll be joining the river on its course through the cave, wondering at the amazing caverns, the stunning formations, and enjoying paddling, wading, passing under, through or clambering up waterfalls, and generally enjoy getting thoroughly wet on your journey! Adding a whole new dimension to the experience, the sounds and sensations of a cave alive with water create an unforgettable journey below ground, and the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and stunning formations is just one of the reasons Swildon’s Hole is considered by some to be one of the top 10 caves in Britain.
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 at Priddy Green near to the farm buildings (Postcode: BA5 3BD | OS grid reference: ST 52693 51039 | what3words: ///dunes.apprehend.establish). The farm does offer basic protection in a barn to change, though many people choose to change outside instead. There are no public toilet facilities so make sure to use facilities elsewhere before you arrive. There is a pub in the village if you have time for a coffee beforehand.
Clothing and Equipment
Rock Outdoors provide a caving oversuit, helmet, head torch, belt and gloves. We can also provide wellie boots if needed.
Whilst the cave itself remains at a constant temperature of about 10 or 11 degrees, the water inside it does not, and the weather/wind factor upon leaving the cave can also affect how cold you feel. You will get completely wet so a full change of clothes and a warm jacket for afterwards is a must. Please wear at least two warm, stretchy layers under the oversuit – these could be long sleeved tee-shirt plus fleece, thermal underwear plus jogging trousers, or a fleece onesy to wear over thermal underwear or t-shirt and leggings would also work. Wellies are mandatory and you’ll need appropriate socks – wet-suit socks are great if you have them. No jeans or inflexible material.
Don’t forget a towel, and depending on time of year, a woolly hat and warm gloves will soon help warm you up.
Hair should be tied back in a low ponytail to accommodate the helmet; jewellery should be taken off and watches are worn at the wearer’s risk. Cameras or GoPros are also carried at your own risk. Phones should not be carried – 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
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 hot 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!