Caving in the UK | TOAD Outdoor Activities

Caving

ALSO KNOWN AS:
  • Potholing |

Caving

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.

Pros

  • Only way to explore underground
  • Lots of sights

Cons

  • 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.

Gear

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.

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Craggy Island Indoor Climbing Sutton
Oaks Sports Centre Woodmansterne Road
Carshalton, Surrey
DISTANCE: 12.04 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Caving, Climbing Wall, Indoor Climbing...
Herts Young Mariners Base
Windmill Lane Cheshunt
Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
DISTANCE: 13.89 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Canoeing, Caving, Dinghy Sailing, Dragon Boat Racing, Kayaking, Powerboating, Sailing Schools,...
Craggy Island Indoor Climbing Guildford
Unit 9 Cobbett Park Slyfield Industrial Estate Moorfield Road
Guildford, Surrey
DISTANCE: 25.84 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Caving, Climbing Wall, Indoor Climbing...
Kingswood
Kingswood House Alkmaar Way
Norwich, Norfolk
DISTANCE: 99.43 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Bouldering, Bushcraft Course, Canoeing, Caving, Circus Skills, Climbing,...
Edgbaston Watersports
Edgbaston Reservoir Icknield Port Road
Birmingham, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 102.28 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Canoeing, Caving, Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking, Powerboating, Sailing Schools, Windsurfing, Stand Up...
Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre
The Old Vicarage Viney Hill
Blakeney, Gloucestershire
DISTANCE: 103.61 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Bushcraft Course, Canoeing, Caving, Climbing, Crate Building, Hiking, Indoor...
Pennine Outdoor Pursuits
Wharfedale House Springfield Close Midway
Swadlincote, Derbyshire
DISTANCE: 107.11 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Caving, Abseiling, Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Horse Riding, Hiking, Orienteering, Paragliding,...
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Sharman Cottage Coughton Ross on Wye
Ross on Wye, Herefordshire
DISTANCE: 108.65 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Bushcraft Course, Canoeing, Caving, Climbing, Gorge Walking, High Ropes Courses, Raft...
Wye Pursuits
Riverside House Kerne Bridge
Ross on Wye, Herefordshire
DISTANCE: 108.81 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Canoeing, Caving, Climbing, Kayaking, Rafting...
Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre
Symonds Yat East
Ross on Wye, Herefordshire
DISTANCE: 110.40 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Canoeing, Caving, Clay Pigeon Shooting, High Ropes Courses, Kayaking, Raft...
Cheddar Caves and Gorge
Cheddar Caves and Gorge
Cheddar, Somerset
DISTANCE: 115.03 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Caving, Climbing...
Black Rock Outdoors Ltd
16 St Andrews Road
Cheddar, Somerset
DISTANCE: 115.51 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Bushcraft Course, Caving, Climbing, High Ropes Courses, Hiking, Kayaking, Low Ropes,...
Caveclimb
Unit 13 Wessex Business Centre
Cheddar, Somerset
DISTANCE: 115.97 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Caving, Climbing...
Live The Adventure
THE OLD VICARAGE ADVENTURE CENTRE Stottesdon
Kidderminster, Worcestershire
DISTANCE: 119.47 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Canoeing, Caving, Climbing Wall, High Ropes Courses, Horse Riding, Kayaking, Laser Combat,...
Taste For Adventure Centre
The Hafod Credenhill
Hereford, Herefordshire
DISTANCE: 120.80 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Bushcraft Course, Caving, Climbing, Gorge Walking, High Ropes Courses, Hiking, Kayaking,...



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