• Pick-up: 09:00 am Bristol Temple Meads train station, BS1 6QF
  • Drop-off: 18:30 pm Bristol Temple Meads train station, BS1 6QF
  • Endurance: Moderate
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Steve

Meet your guide, Steve

I began my career as an outdoor leader in 1999, volunteering at a local school on camps and venture group activities which I did for 17 years. I became a DofE leader in 2002 and a centre Coordinator in 2014. I have worked as a leader in many of the UK's National Parks and mountain regions, am ITC Outdoor first aid qualified and a member of the HCC Training Team.

Mendip Wet Caving and Hike

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Perfect for those looking for a fun and exciting challenge – and a chance to get thoroughly wet! – it’s no wonder Swildon’s is one of the top 10 caves in Britain.

Region: Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Trip Type: Adrenaline

Max Group Size: 14

Grading: Moderate

Day Itinerary

Meet your guide at 09:00 am Bristol Temple Meads train station, BS1 6QF.

Start your morning with a wet and wild caving adventure in the famous Swildon’s Hole!

If you’re experiencing caving for the first time the small caves at Burrington Combe will get you hooked – no previous training is required! Walk, climb and scrabble along the famous natural underground passages and chambers admiring the beautiful formations created thousands of years ago.

Suitable for novices and experienced cavers alike, join the underground river as it winds its way through the cave and be amazed by the stunning rock formations, caverns, pools and waterfalls on this unforgettable subterranean adventure.

Perfect for those looking for a fun and exciting challenge – and a chance to get thoroughly wet! – it’s no wonder Swildon’s is one of the top 10 caves in Britain.

Emerge from below ground for a well-earned Somerset pub lunch and a chance to replenish those energy levels, before setting off in the afternoon for a scenic trek!

Enjoy visiting the famous caves of Mendip including the Rock of Ages, Aveline’s Hole, and Goatchurch Cavern before a final stop at Beacon Batch.

After your day of walking, climbing and scrabbling along the rocky crags of Mendip, take a rest at the summit of the highest hill in Mendip and admire the stunning views stretching across Somerset.

And, of course, no Somerset tour would be complete without a toast to the day with some cool and crisp local cider – all brewed in the Mendips and full of local personality and character!

End your day full of stories of the days’ heroism in time for the drop-off at 18:30 pm at Bristol Temple Meads train station, BS1 6QF.

Walk details: 8.2 km / 5.1 miles | Total ascent 288 m | approx. 2.5 hours

Terrain: An easy to moderate route, on woodland trails and heathland. Expect stony paths, uneven and soft terrain. Some slopes and portions of moderate climb.

  • Pick-up: 09:00 am Bristol Temple Meads train station, BS1 6QF
  • Drop-off: 18:30 pm Bristol Temple Meads train station, BS1 6QF
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All entrance and activity fees
  • Snacks and local specialties
  • Full-day guided experience
  • Local knowledge, folklore, and history

You’ll need to bring:

  • Pack lunch + water
  • Wellington boots and comfortable clothes for the caving (these will get wet!)
  • Dry clothes to change in to afterwards
  • Hiking shoes/ boots for the hike
  • Beginner’s technical caving experience
  • Visit Mendip’s famous Swildon’s Hole
  • Enjoy wet caving
  • Admire beautiful rock formations and experience caverns, pools and waterfalls
  • See Mendip’s Rock of Ages, Aveline’s Hole, and Goatchurch Cavern
  • Take photos from the summit of Black Down, the highest point on the Mendip Hills
  • Immerse yourself in heritage, local history and folklore
  • Enjoy small and friendly group tours
Saturday 24th Sep 2022
Sunday 17th Jul 2022
Members only This tour can only be booked by members. To book this tour, sign up by purchasing 1 Year Membership.