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.
- Wikipedia has a great description of what cave digging involves: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_digging
- Two digging teams at Wookey Hole maintain a blog – Halloween: https://dighalloween.mendipgeoarch.net/
- and – Wookey Hole: https://digwookeyhole.mendipgeoarch.net/
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.
Being dug by a team headed up by Ali Moody. High carbon dioxide during the summer means this is normally dug in the winter. Current dig is enlarging rift at bottom. Usually dug on a Saturday. Survey below. The cave is locked – contact Ali Moody for access.BrimblePitP
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.DaveMitchellsDig2020P
Eighteen Acre Swallet:
Currently being dug by a team headed up by Jonathan Williams. Usually dug on Thursday and Sunday evenings. There is no up-to-date survey 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:Tween
Longwood Valley Sink:
Currently being dug by a team headed up by Ali Moody. Current dig at Tickle Choke (cementing boulders to make safe) led by John Gisborne. 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 or John Gisborne for access. Survey below.LongwoodValleySinkP
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.SludgePitP
Currently being dug by a team headed up by Geoff Newton. Usually dug on a Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. Muddy. No current survey.
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.SpiderP
- If you are involved in a dig you think would be relevant to include on the dig page please contact us.