- Potholing |
Explore natural underground passages and chambers. To some there is no greater thrill, to others there is no greater fear!
The underground is a place of mystery with incredible rock formations, with caves to suit all levels and abilities.Caving (or potholing) is a mix of climbing, crawling and squeezing are often necessary, with ropes used for safety.
- Only way to explore underground
- Lots of sights
- Wet and can be cold
- Not for anyone claustrophobic
- Required planning
Training & Qualifications
Caving in the UK is overseen by the British Caving Association (BCA).
There are roughly 160 clubs in the UK which provide an introduction to the sport and the opportunity to progress to more advanced routes. Training varies between clubs with little universal accreditation available within the sport.
It is possible to start caving with very little equipment. Essentials include a helmet, head-torch, and a pair of boots with good grip.
The more advanced cavers require thermal undergarments, a waterproof oversuit and vertical rope climbing equipment.