aves with management committees or controlled by clubs or individuals
A number of caves are kept locked for various reasons including the conservation of their geology and protected species such as bats which may be present at various times of the year. Follow the cave management or club contacts in the site list below. In a few cases in the Forest of Dean, an individual controls access. Some caves have a leader system where either you approach a leader from a published list or the cave management committee will find a leader to help you.
A leadership system is in place and cavers should in the first instance contact one of the people on the leader listto arrange a visit. Contact the CCC Access-Conservation Officer in case of any difficulty.
Contact the CCC Access-Conservation Officer to arrange an access permit from the Castlemartin Firing Range management. Access is restricted to dates and times when the range is not in military use.Dan yr OgofAll caving trips are to be accompanied by a Conservation Warden. Cavers who do not have direct contact with a Warden may contact the secretary at Dan yr Ogof Conservation Advisory Panel who will look for a Warden to volunteer to support their trip. With effect from 14 February 2022 all visiting cavers are required to pay a £5 conservation fee.
The chain on the gate is opened using two adjustable spanners (a so-called Derbyshire lock)
Itton North Swallett
Apply in writing enclosing an s.a.e. to Dave Hardwick, Kerith Cottage, Heath End, Cromhall, Wotton Under Edge, GL12 8AS
Apply in writing enclosing an s.a.e. to Andy Clark, Sunshade Cottage, Lower Redbrook, Monmouth, NP5 4LZ
Big Sink, Redhouse Lane Swallett
Apply in writing to Paul Taylor, 9 Massey Road, Gloucester, GL1 4LG or email
Aberdare No 1 Level Iron Mine (near Pontypool)
Apply in writing to Chris Gibbs, 15 Elmhurst Close, Trevethin, Pontypool, NP4 8EB or email