Reading University Caving Club


Below are details of trips that RUCC are running, along with an outline of what you need to bring.

Upcoming Caving Trips and Events

See our calendar below containing details of our trips and other upcoming club events:

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Sat 2nd Oct
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Caving Day Trip - Somerset
Come with us on a day trip to a cave in the Mendip Hills in Somerset! This trip is particularly suitable for beginners, but all are welcome:

On Saturday:
* Meet at the Tackle Store 9:00.. hopefully
* Pack caving supplies
* Head to 2hrs by car to Mendips
* Get changed in a clubs changing rooms, or changing barn
* Come out and get changed back
* Meal at a local pub
* And return home

What you'll need to bring:
* A change of clothes (including spare socks & underwear) for after the cave
* A packed lunch
* A snack bar
* A towel
* Some money for pub, convenience stores
* Trainers / Boots (may get muddy)
* If you have them thermals, warm hat
* Disposable water bottle

What we Provide:

* Helmet / Light
* Oversuit (For Protection)
* Onesie undersuit (For Warmth)
* Wellies
* Gloves
* Belt / Harness / Cowstails

Recommended equipment if you have it (optional)?
* Knee pads / Elbow pads

See our Facebook event for more info:

The trip costs just £10.15, Tickets are available on our RUSU page:
Please also mark yourself as 'going' on our Facebook event, or send an email to, so we can confirm your place.
Mon 4th Oct
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RUCC Pub night @ Mojos
Join us for our usual Monday pub night! This is a great chance to meet us if you haven't done so already, socialise, and learn more about caving. We're a friendly bunch, and anyone is welcome to attend, whether or not you are a club member.

This week, we're meeting at Mojo's in the RUSU building on campus, from around 8pm.

For more info, see our Facebook event:
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Mojo's Bar, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6UR, UK
Fri 8th Oct
to Sun 10th Oct
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Weekend Caving Trip to South Wales (SWCC)
Give caving a try on our first weekend trip of the academic year!

We will be staying in a cozy hut in the Swansea Valley, and going on trips down Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (OFD), one of the finest caves in the UK.

The Cost is just £35 including food, transport and accommodation.

See our Facebook event for more info:

You can purchase tickets for this trip on our RUSU page:
Please also mark yourself as 'going' on our Facebook event, or send an email to, so we can confirm your place.
Mon 11th Oct
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RUCC ePub night on Facebook Rooms
Mon 18th Oct
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RUCC Pub night @ The Dairy
Fri 5th Nov
to Sun 7th Nov
 all day
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Weekend Caving Trip to Mendip (Somerset) (Fireworks)

About Our Trips

If you want to go on any of the trips, please let our secretary or president know. We may charge a deposit or ask you to make a full upfront payment to confirm your place prior to our trips, as they can be very popular.

For day trips, we usually leave Reading in a minibus at approximately 8am and return in the evening at about 9pm. The day trip fee covers all transport, equipment, and any cave entrance fees.

For weekend trips, we usually leave Reading in a minibus at approximately 6:30pm on a Friday evening and return late on a Sunday, so it’s a pretty intensive weekend, but great fun. The weekend trip fee includes accommodation, travel, equipment, breakfast and Saturday dinner.

Trips will normally start at the Wessex Hall car park – see grid reference B5 on this Map [PDF file].

If you want to join us or have some questions, then please come to one of our weekly pub meet-ups from 8pm any Monday night and sign up – please see our Facebook group or the calendar above for the location of our next pub night. To accompany us you need to have Club membership (£10 for students and £12 for non students) and RUSU Sports Federation insurance (prices from £15 per year).

What to Bring

For these trips please bring:

  • Two spare sets of dark underwear & socks
  • A Mars Bar or two (or equivalent) – for cave snacks
  • A sleeping bag (some can be borrowed from the club)
  • A towel
  • Some money in case we go to the pub
  • A torch! (vital for finding your way back from the pub or outside the hut at night – honest)
  • Hiking boots / old trainers (as the area is likely to be muddy, although you will wear wellies for the cave itself)
  • If you have them – welly boots, thermals, warm hat/balaclava
  • If you wish: gardening gloves or washing up gloves (to keep your hands warm and dry in the cave – some can also be borrowed from the club)
  • If you wish: alcohol/soft drinks/snacks for socialising in the evening (not essential)
  • Water bottle
  • A sense of adventure!

We hope to see you there!

Caving Expeditions

Our more enthusiastic members sometimes go on caving expeditions further afield… In recent years, we’ve joined the Dachstein Caving Expedition in Austria each summer, and explored some of the deepest, most exciting, and least visited caves in the world. If you’d be interested in going on one of these expeditions or would like to know more, please get in touch with our committee, and we can provide you with all the details.

In previous years our club has travelled even further afield – travelling as far as Spain, Romania, Slovenia and China to see some truly spectacular caves! To read more about some of these expeditions, please see our old site

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