Caving in Wales, UK
What is Caving in Wales?
Caving or speleology is the underground exploration of natural or man-made caverns. Caves are one of the most fascinating environments known to man where it is still possible to participate in original exploration. Cave systems have taken thousands of years to evolve their fantastic shapes, and crystal & clay formations. Stalagtites and stalagmites found across the rocky cave floor and roofs are just two types of calcite formations that may greet a visitor to this unique natural world. Virgin clay floors remain as pristine as the day ancient floodwaters last receded. A caving trip and caving tour takes you to a world that, whether you are the first to enter or not, will leave an unforgettable impression.
Unfortunately, very few people, apart from caving clubs, are able to experience this remarkable environment so take advantage of this opportunity whilst in the South Wales area. Caves are graded from 1 to 5 to give some idea of the level of difficulty:-
Grade 1 – Easy cave with no real difficulties or dangers.
Grade 2 – Easy cave with minor difficulties
Grade 3 – 5 Moderate’ Difficult and Severe
Caving differs slightly to potholing in that caving follows more of the horizontal bedding plains and faults whilst potholing involves more vertical exploration of shafts.
What Will I Be Doing During the Caving Session in South Wales?
Your caving activities in Wales can involve walking and crawling through a whole new subterranean world – one you never knew existed. Be amazed by the rock formations, attempt many of the challenges presented by them such as the intriguingly named “Toilet”. South Wales has some of the best limestone caving in northern Europe. This provides the flexibility to choose the right cave to suit all sizes, ages and abilities. On our very doorstep we have the biggest cave entrance in Wales and the largest cave passage in the United Kingdom. With Call of the Wild’s experienced instructors you will be kitted out with the caving equipment and caving gear including caving helmet, lamp and caving suit. An incredible experience and one not to be missed.
Who Can Do Caving ?
A caving experience in South Wales is an activity suitable for all ages and abilities. Given the variety of caves in South Wales we can choose the one best suited to the age and ability of the group. All ages find the experience exhilarating. You don’t have to be cave men to enjoy this activity.
Where Can I do Caving ?
Call of the Wild’s caving sessions take place in the wonderful range of limestone caves on offer within the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. Caves such as Bridge Cave, White Ladies, Porth-Yr-Ogof (2,220m in length), Little Neath River (7,855m in length) can be used. These are stunning cave systems.
Duration/Length of the Caving session?
This is variable depending on the size, nature of the group, nature of the event and the prevailing weather conditions on the day. A cave session can be tailored to meet your groups requirements. A session can be anything from 2 to 3 hours up to 2 days.
When can I do it?
We operate our caving sessions in South Wales all year.
What is it going to cost me?
Phone for details or contact us. This will vary depending on the nature of the booking and age of participants.
What will I have to Wear for my Caving Session?
A full caving kit list will be issued upon booking however we will supply you with a helmet, lamp and caving suit.
You need to bring old warm clothes. No jeans. As to footwear, good fitting wellingtons with non-slip treads are best, otherwise boots without hooks for laces are suitable.
Whatever you wear will get wet but that’s part of the fun!
Good Combinations of Activities
Caving is suitable for combination with other activities for weekends or longer duration visits. It can be combined with any of the range of activities available whether it be canyoning, gorge walking, climbing, quad biking, paintball and clays. See also our adventure days where in a single day you can sample climbing and another activity such as gorge walking and/or caving. For activity weekends including caving click here.
Can I Use a Camera?
Yes you can as there will be an opportunity to take photos at the start and finish but little opportunity when on the activity.Why not book our photographer for memorable photos for the stag parties or to show back in the office following an outdoor team building event.
Video of Canyoning and Caving with Call of the Wild
If any of the above interest you, contact us now!
Thanks for the Caving Trip
Our thanks to the instructor, who was really good. Not only did he competently guide us around the cave, but he was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting, and pitched the whole session perfectly, a real credit to your company