Reading University Caving Club


Welcome For New Cavers!
Welcome For New Cavers!

Welcome For New Cavers!

Interested in joining us? Want to find out more? Why not visit our stall at the Fresher’s Fayre on Thursday 21st September (from 11am to 4pm)? Or come along to our presentation on Monday 25th September at 6:30pm in Palmer Building Room G04.

On the evening of Monday 2nd October [TBC], we hope to run a taster trip to the Reading Chalk Mines. On this trip, you can try a little underground exploration and see what it’s like. The club will also go on some longer weekend trips this term – see our trips page for details. Every week or two, we get together at a local pub, and we will also be arranging a number of other entertaining social events this term.

Follow us on Instagram or Join our Facebook group if you would like to stay up to date on all our planned events. Or if you have any questions about our club, get in touch with Charles – our president.

We look forward to meeting you!

Belfry Fireworks trip: 4th – 6th November 2016

Hi All,
The time has come to start organising the highly-anticipated Fireworks Trip to the Mendips.

We will be staying at the Belfry (caving hut owned by the Bristol Exploration Club) -same as on the last trip.
We have our usual array of Mendip caving trips planned, but there will also be opportunities to do some rarer caving trips, such as Stoke Lane Slocker, Priddy Green Sink, St Cuthberts and possibly others.

On Saturday evening we shall be joining in with activities organised by the BEC: there will be a presentation on the exploits of the BEC’s 2016 caving expedition to the Philippines and plans for 2017, followed by a large buffet of Filipino food – vegetable chow mien noodles, plain rice, crispy beef cooked in soy sauce and garlic, chicken Afritada, pudding of sticky rice cooked in condensed milk to form a flapjack – very sweet and tasty.
(the cost of this will be included in your trip fee)

Fireworks outside from 9.30pm & Disco after until late.

Throughout the night there will also be a bar selling Potholer Ale at £2.50 per pint.

The trip will cost £35.
At the moment we have 15 spaces available (until car & kit availability is confirmed), on a first-come-first-served basis.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME please pay on the RUSU Caving website ( : Look under “Products/Tickets” towards the bottom of the page.
You will need to have an account on the Student Union website (all current students have one set up by default), and you will need to be a member of Caving.
This is the only way to confirm your space on this trip.

If you are having technical difficulties, the lovely people in Student Activities (inside the students union building) will be able to help you (including taking a cash payment), but feel free to contact us and we will do our best to help too.

Trips For Next Term Announced

Preparations are now in earnest for the start of next term, when we have lots of exciting things planned – both for our new and current members! The dates and locations of all the trips next term have now been announced:

Day Trip: Mendips – Sunday 6th October

Mendips Day Trip - October 2011

We realise that joining a new club is a big commitment, particularly for a sport as unusual as caving! We’re therefore running a day-trip at the beginning of the Autumn Term to allow people to try it out. All are welcome to come on this taster session with us before they become a member – regardless of their level of experience. What’s more, it’s an absolute bargain, as the trip will only cost £10! If nothing else, it should make for a fun day out 😉

If you’re still not convinced, here’s a video of last year’s taster session, to show what fun you could be having!

You can sign up for a day trip at the Fresher’s Fayre or the presentation afterwards, or by emailing our president. Also see our Facebook event:

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First Weekend Trip: South Wales – 11th–13th October

South Wales Trip 1 (Whitewalls) - October 2011

A club tradition of several years’ pedigree, we begin the Autumn term at the Chelsea Spelaeological Society hut, Whitewalls Cottage, overlooking the town of Llangattock.

To give you an idea of what we’ll be doing, here and here are some photos from our trips in years gone by, and here are some professional-quality photos of the caves within walking distance.

We’ll definitely be visiting Agen Allwedd and Eglwys Faen, and probably send some more confident oldies on the Daren – Cnwc though-trip, and as always a couple of people will flake out and go for a walk in the mountains or something. There really is something for everyone!

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Second Weekend Trip: South Wales – 18th–20th October

Our second trip of the term will be to the upper reaches of the River Neath and River Melte, staying at the Croydon Caving Club hut, Godre Pente, in the delightful Welsh village of Ystradfellte. Any new member who can pronounce it (who isn’t Welsh) will win a mystery prize!

Here are some photos from our visit in 2011, to give you a feel for the sorts of things we do, and if you’re really keen to do your homework, here are some professional photos of the caves nearby.

For complete beginners, we’ll do a short trip into Town Drain and Bridge Cave, which will be a very gentle introduction to what caves are like, but there’s plenty more on offer if you feel up to it!

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Third Weekend Trip: Mendips – 1st–3rd November (With Fireworks!)

mendip fireworks

Alas! The famous annual Priddy Fireworks Display has been cancelled, and is unlikely to ever return, due to the over-zealous application of Health & Safety legislation. In defiance of this sentiment, the BEC are having their own fireworks at the Belfry, which will of course be MUCH safer and far more healthy.

I couldn’t find any recent good photos of our times at the Belfry fireworks, but here’s an album from aaaaaaages ago which is well worth a look.

Come along for a weekend of caving, partying and pyromaniacal debauchery.

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Fourth Weekend Trip: CHECC (in Derbyshire) – 22nd–24th November

CHECC 2010

The caving event of the year! Organised by CHECC (the Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs), this is the annual meetup of almost all the university caving clubs in the country, with around 400 students in attendance! Expect lots of wild partying, dancing (not always fully clothed!), competitions including the Annual Beer Pong and Squeeze Machine championships, exhibitions and displays, etc, etc! We might even get around to doing some caving at some point… 😀 This year it’s being held in the Rotary Centre at Castleton, in Derbyshire.

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You can sign up for any of these trips by speaking to Emma (our president) or Laura (our secretary) at one of our social events, sending us an email, or joining one of the Facebook events linked to above. See the Trips page for more details about our trips.

Trips for next term!


Apologies for the delayed announcement: We’ve got a whole lot of goodies and treats planned for the coming term!

We’ll be kicking off Freshers’ Week with a massive poster/flyer campaign, for which any designs you can rustle up would be much appreciated. Freshers Fayre itself is on Thursday the 4th of October, and we shall be out in force publicising the club and trying to persuade as many new people as possible that it’s an awesome thing to spend your free time doing! After the Fayre has closed, we’ll be doing a presentation somewhere on campus to give a more detailed description of who we are and what we do, followed by a walk down to the Back of Beyond for a celebratory curry (I think there’ll be another presentation on Monday for those who can’t make it on Thursday). Our ridiculously ambitious schedule of trips is as follows:

Oct 7th – Freshers’ day trip to the Mendips


Oct 12-14th – First weekend trip to South Wales – staying at the South Wales Caivng Club (We’re sharing with Aberystwyth University, which should be a laugh!)


Oct 19-21st – Second weekend trip to South Wales – staying at Whitewalls


Nov 2-4th – Priddy fireworks trip – staying at the Cerberus


Nov 9-11th – CHECC Forum! – Held in the Mendips this year (at Yoxter Farm); we’ll be trying to win the ‘Most Awesome Caving Club’ trophy for Reading!


Nov 30th – Dec 2nd – Weekend trip to Yorkshire – staying at the BPC (To get an early start with SRT training!)


The day trip will be a brief introduction to the sport of caving, while the weekend trips offer a more complete caving-club experience, with breakfasts, dinner and fun included!

Christmas Party 2011


The 2011 RUCavers Christmas party! This is a night that is guaranteed to be remembered – featuring games, much merriment, and copious amounts of alcohol… We generally ‘theme’ our Christmas parties, with everyone dressing up as something related to that theme. The theme this year has yet to be announced, however it’s bound to be something unusual!

At present we’re in the early stages of planning this event, and will provide further details nearer the time…


A house somewhere in Reading (location TBC).


The evening / night of Saturday December 17th – Note: this is TBC.

What to Bring:

  • Your costume for this year’s theme
  • Plenty of alcohol
  • Christmas presents?

Go Ape! 2011


We’re currently thinking of going on a Social trip to Go Ape!… For those who have never been before, it’s like a giant obstacle course involving ropes, ladders, bridges, zip-wires and giant swings – but in a forest, more than 10 metres off the ground!

We last visited Go Ape! several years ago, and a good time was had by all. This event is still in the early stages of planning, so all details are provisional – particularly the dates.


Go Ape!, near Bracknell. Meeting in the car park of the Athletics Pavilion – see building 43 on this Map [PDF file].


At some point during the weekends of 12th-13th November and/or 19th-20th November – exact dates and times TBC

What to Bring:

  • Money for entrance to Go Ape! Exact price TBC, but likely to be around £20.
  • Old comfortable clothes.

Further Information:

Halloween Social 2011


We are currently planning a club social for Halloween. It will most likely take the form of a House Party, and involve plenty of costumes, drinking, and competitions. If it’s anything like last year, the results should be ‘interesting’, to say the least! At present we’re in the early stages of planning this event, and will provide further details nearer the time…


A house somewhere in Reading (probably!). Details TBC.


The evening / night of Monday October 31st – this is TBC.

What to Bring:

  • Your Halloween Costume
  • Plenty of Alcohol

Start of Term Presentation and Meetup / Social


This is a good chance for new or potential members to meet and get to know some of the older club members. Firstly we’ll be running through our presentation again, for anyone who happened to miss it on Thursday… After that we shall meet everyone else outside the Palmer Building on Campus, and then take you to the College Arms, which is where the club usually meets up every Monday evening. Here you can find out more about the club and our plans for this term, as well as sign up for any club trips you may be interested in going on.

Rumours that this event will suddenly turn into a mad pub crawl that takes us right around Reading are at present completely unfounded! 😛 But even if that turns out not to be on the cards this Monday, then you can be sure it will be the next!!

By the way, you are very welcome to turn up even if you’re not a member and aren’t interested in caving – we always enjoy meeting new people, and it should be a fun night out!

Where / When:

You’re welcome to come along to our Freshers presentation, which is being held at 7pm in Room 126 of the HUMSS Building – see building 1 on this Map [PDF file]

Or simply turn up outside the Palmer Building in the centre of campus at around 8-8:30pm. We will meet you there and take you to the College Arms, and then maybe beyond!

What to bring:

  • Money for drinks at the pub(s)
  • Money if you wish to join the club and/or sign up for any trips (there’s no pressure though!)
  • Any questions you have about the club or our activities

Further Information:

Mystery Trip – December 2011


There are unconfirmed rumours that another weekend trip may be in the works for the weekend of 10th-11th December 2011… We know very few of the details for this trip at the current time, but you can be assured that they will appear here first as soon as we have them! Watch this space…


Who knows?!


Friday 10th – Sunday 11th December. Possibly… Presumably we’ll be meeting outside the Athletics Pavilion as usual, but really we might be meeting anywhere… Returning on Sunday. Hopefully…

What to bring:

  • Standard trip gear (presumably)
  • Money for the trip
  • Enough equipment to prepare you for just about anything…

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CHECC 2011


CHECC 2011 – what can I say?! Every year the Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs organises an event for every student caving club in the country. It’s not uncommon for around 300-450 students to attend this event!

Expect lots of wild partying, dancing (not always fully clothed!), competitions including the Annual Beer Pong and Squeeze Machine championships, exhibitions and displays – and many other things! We might even get around to doing some caving at some point… 😀

This year, CHECC is being held at the same venue as last year – the Dalesbridge centre in Yorkshire. We anticipate a lot of demand for this trip, so please sign up for it ASAP at one of our Monday pub gatherings, or by emailing our president.


The Dalesbridge Centre, near Settle, Yorkshire


Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November. Meeting in the car park of the Athletics Pavilion at 6:00pm on the Friday – see building 43 on this Map [PDF file]. Returning very late in the evening on Sunday.

What to bring:

  • Standard trip gear
  • £40 [exact price TBC] to pay for the trip if you haven’t already, plus extra money to pay for any additional food or booze on the way there or back
  • Loads of alcohol!!
  • Your costume to go with the club’s ‘theme’ this year – precise details TBC
  • Plenty of warm clothes, thermals if you have them, and a warm sleeping bag. Yorkshire is cold!
  • A tent if you have one.
  • An expectation that just about anything might happen this weekend!

Further Information: