Restricted Caves Access Contacts
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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.

Agen Allwedd, Ogof Craig a Ffynnon

Chelsea Spelaeological Society

Alyn Valley and Minera caves

North Wales Caving Club

Ogof y Ci

The landowners have asked that visitors call in at Llwyncilsanws Farm (SO039105) before using Ogof Y Ci and that cave visits are only during daylight, so no evening trips please.

Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, Cwm Dwr

Any permit holding caver can simply request a cave key by e-mail, text or phone. Ogof Ffynnon Ddu Cave Management Committee

Little Neath River Cave, Bridge Cave, etc

The landowners have asked that visitors call in at Blaen Nedd Isaf Farm to pay a small access fee for crossing their land to reach these caves.

Pant Mawr Pot, Tunnel Cave, Llethrid Swallet, Tooth Cave

South Wales Caving Club

Otter Hole

Royal Forest of Dean Caving Club

Ogof Draenen

After some damage caused to the lock hasp on the Main entrance gate in 2020, the mechanism was repaired in early January 2022. Please ensure you take your key on future visits and, as always, please fill in the logbook at Cairn Junction with the details of your trip. Any permit holding caver can simply request a cave key by e-mail, text or phone. Pwll Du Cave Management Group

Ogof Cnwc (Price’s Dig) entrance to Ogof y Daren Cilau

Chelsea Spelaeological Society

Greenbridge Cave

Contact the CCC Access-Conservation Officer to get the key.

Ogof Gofan

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.

Ogof Capel

A leadership system is in place and cavers should in the first instance contact one of the people on the leader list to arrange a visit. Contact the CCC Access-Conservation Officer in case of any difficulty. Dan yr Ogof All 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.

Twll Clogfaen

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

Wet Sink

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
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