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

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 B7 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 Sports Federation insurance (prices from £15 per year).

What to Bring

For these trips please bring:

  • Old warm clothes (and dark underwear, so the girls tell us)
  • A Mars Bar (or equivalent)
  • A sleeping bag (to sleep in). Or perhaps wear as a sarong if things get really bad.
  • A towel (no comment)
  • Some money (for beers of course, and to pay for the trip – if you haven’t already!)
  • A torch! (vital for finding your way back from the pub – honest.)
  • Old trainers/hiking boots (as the area is likely to be muddy, although you will wear wellies for the cave itself)
  • Caving gear if you own any (we provide it if not), particularly wellies, oversuit, furry
  • If you have them – thermals, warm hat and gloves, and washing up gloves (to keep your hands dry in the cave)
  • A stupid hat! It’s important to blend in….
  • Last but not least, a sense of adventure, humour and a laissez faire attitude to the concept of personal hygiene!

We hope to see you there!

Caving Expeditions

Every year some of our more enthusiastic members 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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