Caves and Caving in Wales

This page is very much under construction!

Main Caves in Wales

The majority of caves are to be found in the south:

There's also a number of caves in North Wales. In fact, the area is comparable to Scotland in this respect. More details can be found in either book "Caves of North Wales" (Tony Oldham) or "Limestone and Caves of Wales" (Cambridge University Press). See the list of cave guides for other books.

Related web sites:


Ogof Draenen

Ogof Draenen (cave of the hawthorns) was discovered in 1994 by members of the Morgannwg Caving Club. Exploration has been rapid and the cave is now over 62km long, one of the longest in the UK (the Easegill system in Yorkshire is longer). The cave is a very significant find, answering questions (and posing many more!) about the underground drainage of the area. There are many excellent and unique formations although one, a very rare calcite raft, was destroyed early on in the exploration by a careless caver. The entrance series consists of a low, wet crawl and some climbs down through unstable boulder chokes. Although the chokes have been stabilised with scaffolding poles care is required. The cave is protected by a locked gate, please address enquiries about access to the Morgannwg Caving Club.

See Mark Wilton-Jones' description of Ogof Draenen.

The CSS were surveying the cave to BCRA grade 5. They maintain a page giving the latest news and current length.

Daren Cilau

The most notable feature of Daren Cilau to newcomers is the entrance series, a long crawl with many tight and wet sections. Unusually for Welsh caves Daren is not protected by a locked gate as the crawl is enough to deter all but the hardiest of cavers! Once through, the cave opens out to long passages, vast chambers, and beautiful formations. One memorable set is to be found in the Bonsai Streamway; a collection of calcite trees growing upwards!



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