Bagshawe Gated Series 20/12

We're heading to  Bagshawe Cavern  near Bradwell
This is an ideal trip for people who enjoy crawly, smaller bit and want to see more pretty things.
When: Tuesday 20 December at 6:30 pm
Members Price: £4
Non-member price: 


Minimum skills: Must have caved with us before at some point
Caving Crew members get a discount off the usual price for this trip.

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About the trip

A trip that involves a fairly sustained low crawl, this trip will take in some of the pretty areas in some of the less commonly visited areas of this cave, with a fun, supportive, friendly atmosphere.

Judith Plowman will be leading this trip. There won't be more than 5 of us on the trip.

Everyone will work together to make the trip happen - from sharing lifts, organising kit, bringing kit, posting on Facebook or sharing how it went afterwards - everyone will contribute.
What you're paying goes towards

  • All Cave Access fees
  • BCA Insurance
  • Equipment hire and maintenance
  • Club running costs and reducing club debt
We're huge fans of getting young people into caving, but sadly this trip is for over 18s only
We  love dogs, but sadly they're not welcome on this trip
What to bring


When will we get back?

We're aiming to be out of the cave before 22:30. The faster we get in, the faster we get out. We may well be out sooner.

What should I expect?

We will arrive at the location together and get you the equipment you need. This is the best time to try on this kit and make sure we get the right size.

We'll walk to the cave and explore it together. It is a 1 minute walk to the cave from the cars.

The cave contains some crouched passages, some walking passages. You will have a powerful headtorch so it will be quite bright. The group will be together and there will be much laughter and possibly swearing. It will be fun.

Will I be scared?

Maybe. Sometimes new different things are scary. But we'll be supporting and encouraging you to take things at your pace the entire time. This about having fun and having each others back. Whether you're nervous or loving it, we've got your back.

What about the rain or wind or cold?

Doesn't matter - it will happen anyway.

The temperature in the cave is cooler than the outside temperature at the moment - about 13C. You'll be well dressed and there'll be no wind.

When do I need to decide by?

These trips tend to sell out within 24 hours of being announced. Since there are just 7 places available and over 30 people who've expressed interest, they tend to fill very fast.

There will be other opportunities – but this is a perfect, beginners trip near Manchester. There aren’t many of these trips. This is perfect opportunity to give it a try and see how you find it.

Kit List

normal text: things you definitely need
italic: optional things you might like to have

Basic Caving Clothing

Part of the cost includes hiring use of the special equipment you'll use. Here's what you should bring:

  • Some warm older/less nice clothes to wear as a base layer underneath the caving-specific clothes we will provide. Some examples
    • Fleece jumpers
    • Leggings
    • Thermal base layers
    • Outdoorsy t-shirts

Avoid anything made from cotton or untreated wool (such as t-shirts or wooly jumpers); synthetic fabrics that keep their warmth when wet work best here. You will be provided with a thick fleece layer and a protective outer layer to wear over this, so if all you have is cotton you’re better going without.

  • Change of socks/underwear/replacement clothing. Anything you wear into the cave will likely be too wet and dirty to wear afterwards in the car, so make sure you have spare clothes for the drive home.
  • Wellies (we do have spares if necessary, but the sizes and stock are limited). These aren't special wellies - £12 wellies from go-outdoors or sparkling pink wellies with fur linings are great for caving.
  • Towel
  • Any important medicines you take
  • Contact lenses or string for your glasses.
  • A full sealed snack you enjoy eating (eg a mars bar)

What will I be borrowing?

If you don't already have them:

  • Caving Oversuit to go over your undersuit
  • Caving Undersuit to go underneath your oversuit
  • Caving Helmet with Caving Headtorch and fully charged Batteries
  • Wellies

We'll also be carrying the appropriate group equipment.

Vague Schedule

When: Tuesday 20 December at 6:30 pm
Meeting location: 
Here's the pin near Bradwell

Evening Plans


People arrive.
We get changed
Trip leader checks everything and we have a chat
We go caving
We return to surface and go home
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