GSS Family Weekend in Glyntawe (Tawe Valley) @ South Wales Caving Club
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day

Caving, climbing, kayaking, walking and other attractions in the fantastic Tawe Valley (Glyntawe). We will stay at the SWCC Cottage in Penwyllt which costs £10 per night including facilities for non-members. It is an excellent base for a family outdoor and caving weekend:

  • Unlimited free parking
  • Large, well equipped, family friendly premises with dormitories, rooms for families, and plenty of camping space
  • Fantastic location:
    • The biggest caves are Ogof Ffynnon Ddu and Dan yr Ogof, right on the doorstep:
      • Ogof Ffynnon Ddu
        • top entrance is great for novices and children
        • through trip is a classic for intermediate and experienced cavers
      • Dan yr Ogof
        • tourist cave have extra stuff for the children (like dinosaurs!)
        • various fantastic routes for intermediate and experienced cavers
        • we have got a leader booked for Saturday
    • Also Pant Mawr, Pwll Dwfn and many other smaller caves nearby
    • Excellent walking, bouldering, climbing, kayaking nearby
    • The Ancient Briton always has a nice menu and great range of guest beers…

I hope that enough people will come, that people can effectively baby-sit for each other, thus allowing parents to do some proper caving.

Book early if you want to guarantee a bed space in the cottage.

Hidden Earth @ Glyndwr University
Sep 27 – Sep 29 all-day

Welcome to Hidden Earth

Hidden Earth is the name for the British Cave Research Association’s (BCRA’s) annual caving conference.

This weekend-long event taking place in September every year is a friendly, educational, inspiring and social gathering of hundreds of cavers from across the UK and overseas.

The weekend is packed with lectures, with two or three parallel sessions running both days. Topics include new and old exploration from the UK and overseas as well as workshops covering cave science, research, technology and photography. There are competitions, games, videos and a trade hall with caving equipment vendors from across Europe selling their latest products. We also have our own bar (with excellent beer) and conference dinner with entertainment on the Saturday night to make this a great social occasion.

This is the premium opportunity for cavers from across the UK and overseas to get together, celebrate caving, and be enthused about British cave exploration and research.

The BCRA looks forward to welcoming you Hidden Earth 2019 which will be held at Glyndwr University in Wrexham on 27 – 29 September 2019. Keep an eye on the Facebook page and Twitter for updates and news.

What’s it all about…

Lectures & Films


Trade Hall

Competitions & Salons

Evening Entertainment
Hidden Earth Bar