Adventure Caving in Cheddar Somerset


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  • x-treme Adventure Caving in Cheddar Somerset
  • x-treme Adventure Caving in Cheddar Somerset
  • x-treme Adventure Caving in Cheddar Somerset
  • x-treme Adventure Caving in Cheddar Somerset
  • x-treme Adventure Caving in Cheddar Somerset
  • x-treme Adventure Caving in Cheddar Somerset
  • x-treme Adventure Caving in Cheddar Somerset
  • x-treme Adventure Caving in Cheddar Somerset
  • x-treme Adventure Caving in Cheddar Somerset

The Caves. Goatchurch Cavern:

The caves you will visit started out three hundred million years ago, as shells and skeletal remains and other sediments at the bottom of a warm and shallow sea. As the planet changed over millions of years, and earth movements covered and pushed the land up into mountains, the huge pressure and stresses formed the rock, we call limestone. Water has now carved its way over time, to produce a strange and exhilarating playground, for us lucky enough to be able explore them.


Goatchurch Cavern Is a good introduction to the little known and misunderstood sport, Caving.


It has two entrances, one called Tradesman’s Entrance and the other called Main Entrance. The Main Entrance was opened as a show cave in 1901, and the remains of iron railings can be seen.


Archaeological finds from the Pleistocene (by Willam Boyd Dawkins c. 1860) included bones of Mammoth, Hyaena, Bear, and Cave Lion.


The cave has a number of sporting aspects, Short climbs, crawls, squeezes (that can be bypassed) as well as large passages and very large chambers to walk about in. In many areas of the cave numerous speleothems cover the walls and floors, stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone etc. If we are lucky we may see a bat, or other cave wildlife.


Goatchurch Cavern (grid reference ST47585823) is a cave on the edge of Burrington Combe in the limestone of the Mendip Hills, in Somerset, England.


The cave is especially popular for training people who are new to caving. This is due to its easy access and wide range of terrain that does not necessitate the use of special equipment such as ropes or ladders. The two entrances to the cave add interest as cavers can do a round trip. Many of the surfaces within are polished, as a result of numbers visiting over many decades and are slippery.


Other caves include:


Attborough Swallet (Red Quar) Balch Cave Banwell Ochre Caves Blackmoor Swallet (Stainsby's Shaft) Bone Hole Carcass Cave Chardswell Cave Charterhouse Cave Compton Martin Ochre Mine Coral Cave Cuckoo Cleeves Five Buddles Sink Flower Pot G.B. Cave Hillier's Cave Hillwithy Cave Longwood Swallet Longwood Valley Sink Loxton Cave Loxton Quarry Cave Nettle Hole Pinetree Pot Priddy Green Sink Read's Grotto Rhino Rift Singing River Mine Star Shaft Mine Upper Flood Swallet Waterwheel Swallet West Twin Brook Adit
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