Digging

The Wessex do not have ‘Wessex Digs’. Our members have individual digs and for most of them any caver (irrespective of skill, personality or club affiliation) is welcome.

As Web Master I will try and compile a list of digs our club has been  involved with. Hopefully we get a good response and this page can continue to grow, just like the caves we dig in!  There are always active digging teams at the Wessex, get in touch with the Caving Sec’ if you would like to be involved.

Bagpit

Bagpit Fissures – Pit 1. ST 49360 52192. Length 106 m. Depth 25 m. Currently being dug on a Saturday by a team headed up by Ali Moody. The first dig allowed by the landowner on his property so a sensitive site. There are no public footpaths near to the the cave! The cave is locked – contact Ali Moody for access.

Brimble Pit:

The cave has recently been dug by a team headed by Ali Moody. The dig is on hold at present due to the high levels of carbon dioxide that can be encountered throughout the cave in the summer months, particularly in the lower section. The cave is not locked, but please be aware that exiting this strenuous, near vertical cave can be difficult when the air quality is poor.

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Dave Mitchell’s Dig:

Currently being dug by a team headed up by Pete Hann. Working down through a choke. Usually dug on a Saturday.
A blog is maintained here.

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Eighteen Acre Swallet:

Currently being dug by a team headed up by Jonathan Williams. Usually dug on Thursday and Sunday evenings. The up-to-date survey is not available.

Fester Hole (Tween-Twins Hole):

Fester Hole in Burrington Coombe is no longer an active dig, but is a great opportunity to see the outcome from many years of digging. It is a beautiful place to visit and a great example of a pretty cave, kept in its natural state. Survey below:

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Longwood Valley Sink:

Currently being dug dig every Saturday by a team headed up by Ali Moody. All help is much appreciated. Please contact Ali if you wish to join the team. The recent extension beyond Go West is still under active investigation. The end of Triassic Tunnel (enlarging small tube) led by John Cooper currently not being pursued. Prone to flooding in winter. Access controlled by Charterhouse Caving Company Ltd. The cave is locked. Contact Ali Moody for access. Survey from October 2023 below.

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Sludge Pit Hole:

Was being dug by a team headed up by Mike Kousiounis and Geoff Newton. Not currently active. They have discovered close to 100 metres of passage. They have also received help from  a dozen or so different cavers from a number of different clubs. The cave is locked with a standard CSCC key. Survey below.

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Snake Pit:

Currently being dug by a team headed up by Geoff Newton. Usually dug on a Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. Muddy. No current survey.

Spider Hole:

Access currently denied by Longleat Estate. The bottom was being dug by a team headed up by Adrian Vanderplank. Usually dug on a Monday evening. The cave was previously locked with a standard CSCC key. A blog was maintained here. Survey below.

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Valinor Field Dig:

Opposite the Queen Victoria Inn, Priddy, in a field owned by BEC member Jake Baynes. The bottom is being dug by a team headed up by Jake. The cave is locked. Several Wessex Cave Club members assisting. A blog is maintained here. Survey below.

White Rabbit’s Hole:

Currently being dug by a team headed up by Mike Kousiounis (Kushy).The cave is on private land and is locked by the diggers. They maintain a blog which can be seen here. Survey below, Plan view then Elevation looking East.

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  • If you are involved in a dig you think would be relevant to include on the dig page please contact us.