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
North Wales Weekend @ Ogwen Valley Bunkhouse
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day

A while back I was approached to see if I would be interested in going
up to North Wales and taking some photographs in some of the Big
Chambers in the Slate Mines. Some of which have not been photographed
for a very long period of time and even then it was with Magnesium
Flares etc. Of course I jumped at the chance but also realised this was
not something I could undertake on my own. So far I have recruited a
good team of photographers with 11 confirmed participants and 1 other
person who is yet to decide. To accommodate everyone I have booked a
Bunk House in the Ogwen Valley for the weekend 11th -13th of October
2019 that sleeps 14 people. So I currently have 2or 3 vacant places for
the weekend. Cost wise it is £17.00 per person per night. So if you
would be interested in helping out with gear moving, light holding etc
and the opportunity to see some of these chambers lit up as they have
not been for a very long time and bag yourself some photos then please
let me know. We are also planning on undertaking some 360 Degree
Photographs and taking lots of lighting. This is going to be a pretty
unique opportunity.

Ireland @ Lough Melvin Holiday Centre
Oct 26 – Nov 2 all-day

Hello All, Following on from the success of our trip to Ireland in
October 2018 plans are already moving forward for a follow up trip in
October 2019. The dates being Saturday 26th October – Saturday 2nd
November. We already have two cars booked and five people going. Stena
Line are currently offering 30% discount for early bird bookings. (I can
forward you the link and you can also raise some money for GCRG in the
process by using Easyfundraising) This is more than we got last year and
makes quite a considerable difference. Taking advantage of the Premium
Booking and the Stena Lounge Plus a car and two passengers return has
worked out at £293.00 all in. A very good deal. We have also taken
advantage of booking rooms early at the Travelodge in Hollyhead for the
Friday Night. Currently £34.00 for a family room. With the ferry
terminal only 10 minutes down the road it makes for a great start to the
trip and takes away the need to get up early on the saturday morning to
travel up. Yes Ok I appreciate you need to be able to take the Friday
afternoon off to do this but it is well worth it. We again plan to stay
at the Lough Melvin Center in Garrison where last year we had Bed/
Breakfast and an evening meal for £35.00 a head which was fantastic
value for money. I have not as yet confirmed prices for this year but I
am sure it will be a similar good value figure. The Center gives us
everything we require and it is only a short drive to the caves. Last
year there was the opportunity to get underground everyday and also
plenty of walking and other activities.If you are interested in joining
the trip please let me know. I can’t guarantee the weather but everyone
who went last year had a fantastic time and there are caves for all

Croesor Rhosydd Through Trip @ Dan-y-Mynydd
Nov 9 – Nov 10 all-day

Classic slate mine through trip