Reading University Caving Club

Trips

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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Thu 26th Sep
9:00am
4:00pm
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Freshers Fayre
Come along to our freshers fayre stall to find out about caving and what it involves, and hear about all the exciting activities we are planning.

Plus sample some FREE confectionery, and enter our 'Guess How Many Krabs' competition!
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Reading University Students' Union, Reading RG6 6AZ, UK
Thu 26th Sep
6:00pm
10:00pm
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Freshers Presentation & Pub
Curious to learn more about Reading University Caving Club, our previous trips and escapades, and where we plan to head in the coming academic year? Come along to our welcome presentation in Room G25, in the Edith Morley building on campus, at 6pm!

Everybody's welcome, and no experience is necessary - if you're even vaguely interested in joining a truly unique society within the university, don't hesitate to pop in! Look forward to seeing you there!
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Edith Morley room G25, Whiteknights campus, University of Reading
Sat 28th Sep
 all day
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Taster Day Trip
Come and try caving with us, and see what it's like! For only £10, which covers transport, kit hire, and insurance, we will go to the Mendip Hills and take you down some caves which are suitable for novices. It promises to be a fantastic day, with an opportunity to try something new and unique!

Due to high demand, places for this trip are very limited, so if you'd like to come, please Get in Touch with us first.
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Mendip Hills, Wells BS40 7XS, UK
Mon 30th Sep
6:00pm
11:00pm
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Freshers Presentation and Pub
Still intrigued by the idea of caving, but couldn't make it to our first fresher's presentation! No fear - come along to room 127 in the Edith Morley building on campus to learn more about the club!

Once again, no experience is necessary - anybody with even the slightest interest in experiencing caving for the first time is most welcome!

Afterwards we will head to The Back of Beyond, one of our regular pubs in town, for our first official Pub Night social of the year. You are very welcome to join us as we walk from the presentation to the pub, or alternatively feel free to meet us there!

Can't wait to see you there!
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Edith Morley room 127, Whiteknights campus, University of Reading
Fri 4th Oct
6:00pm
to Sun 6th Oct
10:00pm
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Taster Weekend trip, staying in South wales
Give Caving a Try on our first weekend trip of the 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.
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South Wales Caving Club, 1-10 Powell St, Swansea SA9 1GQ, UK
Thu 10th Oct
6:00pm
10:00pm
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RUCC Film Night
We're kicking off our (non-pub) socials this year with a film night. We will be watching the classic caving 'documentary' "The Descent" and if time permits we have the further option of watching the acclaimed sequel, the imaginatively-titled "The Descent: Part 2" - in the past we've often turned it into a drinking game, but this is by no means compulsory!

Attendance is completely free and open to everyone, just join us at Ice House at 6pm. For anyone new to campus, Ice House is the student bar attached directly to Wessex Halls.

Hope to see everyone there!
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Ice House bar, Wessex Hall, University of Reading
Mon 14th Oct
7:00pm
10:00pm
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RUCC @ The Hope Tap
Another Monday evening, another pub meet-up. This time we'll be grabbing a chair at The Hope Tap, just a short walk from the train station. Join us for a little bit of relaxation at the start of the week.
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The Hope Tap, 99-105 Friar St, Reading RG1 1EP, UK
Fri 18th Oct
6:00pm
to Sun 20th Oct
10:00pm
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Taster Weekend trip, staying in South Wales
Join us for another weekend of Welsh caving! We'll be staying in the lovely little village of Ystradfellte (gesundheit) where the major attractions include sheep, a pub, and caves! Although in the same general area as where we stayed on the last trip, we'll be visiting different caves so it's still worth coming along if you went on the previous one.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of caving experience. The village is very close to a series of impressive waterfalls which guarantee a fantastic weekend. Hope to see you there!
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Ystradfellte, Aberdare CF44 9JE, UK
Fri 1st Nov
to Sun 3rd Nov
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FIREWORKS - Weekend trip to Mendip (Somerset)
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Wessex Cave Club, E Water Ln, Wells BA5 3AX, UK
Sun 10th Nov
8:00am
7:00pm
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Day Trip to Surrey Mines
Fri 22nd Nov
6:00pm
to Sun 24th Nov
10:00pm
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CHECC
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Dolygaer Outdoor Education Centre, Dolygaer, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2UR, UK
Fri 6th Dec
to Sun 8th Dec
 all day
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Mendip Christmas trip
Tue 21st Jan
 all day
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RUSU All Student Meeting
Fri 24th Jan
6:00pm
to Sun 26th Jan
11:30pm
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Re-freshers trip - Shepton Mallet CC
Mon 27th Jan
8:00pm
11:00pm
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PUB : monks Retreat
Fri 31st Jan
to Sun 2nd Feb
 all day
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Trip to the Peak District - Orpheus CC; Chris Yes, Connor Yes, Duncan Yes,Jo Maybe
Fri 21st Feb
to Sun 23rd Feb
 all day
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Yorkshire - YSS Booked for 12. Chris yes. Jess Yes (driving), Jo yes
Sat 29th Feb
8:00am
9:00am
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Bca SRT training mendip
Fri 13th Mar
to Sun 15th Mar
 all day
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Wales trip with Irish cavers - Westminster
Fri 27th Mar
to Sun 29th Mar
 all day
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Southern CHECC - SWCC
Sat 28th Mar
to Sun 19th Apr
 all day
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UoR Easter break
Fri 3rd Apr
to Sun 5th Apr
 all day
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Yorkshire - YSS (booked for 8)
Fri 12th Jun
 all day
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UoR End of term
Mon 28th Sep
8:00pm
11:30pm
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e-Pub Night - Meet & Greet
While COVID-19 prevents us from meeting up as much as normal, we are still having fun! Every Monday, we hold weekly online 'e-Pub' nights, starting at around 8pm.

This week, we are running a special "meet & greet" e-Pub night for all new and potential club members. Anyone is welcome to join this - you can learn more about our club and our activities, ask any questions you may have, as well as start getting to know our existing members.

We normally use Facebook Rooms for our e-Pub nights - to take part, simply join our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/rucavers/) now, and we'll post a link on there when the e-Pub night is due to start.
Mon 5th Oct
8:00pm
11:30pm
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e-Pub Night - Meet & Greet
While COVID-19 prevents us from meeting up as much as normal, we are still having fun! Every Monday, we hold weekly online 'e-Pub' nights, starting at around 8pm.

This week, we are running a special "meet & greet" e-Pub night for all new and potential club members. Anyone is welcome to join this - you can learn more about our club and our activities, ask any questions you may have, as well as start getting to know our existing members.

We normally use Facebook Rooms for our e-Pub nights - to take part, simply join our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/rucavers/) now, and we'll post a link on there when the e-Pub night is due to start.
Mon 12th Oct
8:00pm
11:30pm
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e-Pub Night - Meet & Greet
While COVID-19 prevents us from meeting up as much as normal, we are still having fun! Every Monday, we hold weekly online 'e-Pub' nights, starting at around 8pm.

This week, we are running a special "meet & greet" e-Pub night for all new and potential club members. Anyone is welcome to join this - you can learn more about our club and our activities, ask any questions you may have, as well as start getting to know our existing members.

We normally use Facebook Rooms for our e-Pub nights - to take part, simply join our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/rucavers/) now, and we'll post a link on there when the e-Pub night is due to start.
Mon 19th Oct
8:00pm
11:30pm
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e-Pub Night - Meet & Greet
While COVID-19 prevents us from meeting up as much as normal, we are still having fun! Every Monday, we hold weekly online 'e-Pub' nights, starting at around 8pm.

This week, we are running a special "meet & greet" e-Pub night for all new and potential club members. Anyone is welcome to join this - you can learn more about our club and our activities, ask any questions you may have, as well as start getting to know our existing members.

We normally use Facebook Rooms for our e-Pub nights - to take part, simply join our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/rucavers/) now, and we'll post a link on there when the e-Pub night is due to start.
Mon 20th Sep
8:00pm
12:00am
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RUCC Pub night @ Monks Retreat
Thu 23rd Sep
11:00am
5:00pm
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RUSU Sports freshers fayre
To any and all Freshers (and anyone else who's keen); come meet the RUCC squad at the Sports Fayre on Thursday 23rd. We'll have a booth set up where you can come talk to us, find out just what caving is, and ask any questions.
Sat 25th Sep
8:00am
8:00pm
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Caving Day Trip - Surrey Mines
Our first trip for the academic year, we're going to Surrey Mines. This trip is aimed at our new members, but anyone can join!

Members and non members are welcome at this trip. We have a limited capacity of 12 and are operating on a first come first serve basis so please express interest and ask any questions you have.

As a change from our usual naturally formed cave, we will be popping to some manmade quarries and mines.

We shall be exploring some subterranean delights close to home - a mere 1 hour away from Reading, near Reigate.

Our guides will take us through 4 different mines throught the day.
Bedlams Bank and Godstone Mine are abandoned heathstone (a type of building stone) mines, and we will also be visiting Barons and Tunnel Rd Mines.

We will meed at the tackle store at 8.00am, pack kit etc, then jump on the minibus and or cars and meet with our guides about 10am.

None of the mines present any particular technical challenge - I am told they've even had 4 year olds visit the site! 😛 There will likely be some crawling and one of the mines is known for its 4ft head-height, which can get a little tiring after a while. We will likely not be getting wet.

This trip will cost £10 per person to cover the minibus rental & fuel costs

What the club will provide:
* Helmet & Light
* Wellies

What you'll need:
* Jeans
* A change of clothes
* A packed lunch

For further info, see our Facebook event:
fb.me/e/EUYuoyuH

You can purchase tickets for this trip on our RUSU page:
www.rusu.co.uk/student.....ving/
Please also mark yourself as 'going' on our Facebook event, or send an email to readingcavers@gmail.com, so we can confirm your place.

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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