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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Fri 18th Oct
to Sun 20th Oct
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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
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Day Trip to Surrey Mines
Fri 22nd Nov
to Sun 24th Nov
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Dolygaer Outdoor Education Centre, Dolygaer, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2UR, UK
Fri 6th Dec
to Sun 8th Dec
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Mendip Christmas trip

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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