Brynmawr Caving Club

Location: The Talisman, 9 Market Square, Brynmawr, NP23 4AJ.

Brynmawr Caving Club is based in Brynmawr, Gwent, South Wales, right in the middle of one of the best caving regions in Britain. The caving areas in the immediate locale are the Clydach Gorge, the Llangattock Escarpment and the Central Northern Outcrop. All of these contain some fine caves, some of which are among the finest and longest cave systems in the British Isles.

Such caves as Agen Allwedd (Aggy), Ogof Y Daren Cilau, Ogof Craig A Ffynnon, Ogof Carno and Ogof Draenen are all at the most fifteen minutes drive from the town centre. The club has always been most active within these areas but also travels further afield to the other South Wales caving areas as well as regular trips to such places as Yorkshire.


The original Brynmawr Caving Club was formed in the 1950s by Brian Price. He had begun exploring the caves in the area in the 1940s, whilst still at school. Later, and along with the some of the local scouts, he mapped the cave of Eglws Faen and discovered Ogof Agen Allwedd, the first major cave to be found in the Eastern part of the caving region of South Wales and which, after further exploration, was to become one of the largest cave systems in Britain.

The club pursued many other explorations over the next few years, in the hope of uncovering more caves. This first Brynmawr Caving Club became defunct in the mid 1960s, although some of the scouts still carried on exploring caves. This included starting to clear a blocked entrance deep in the Clydach Gorge – it became known as Brynmawr Old Dig, a site the club has returned to on a number of subsequent occasions.

How To Join

New members are always welcome, experienced and inexperienced alike, just come along to one of our monthly meetings at the The Talisman Pub, Market Square, Brynmawr and make yourself known. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month. We try to start at 8:00pm, although this can be a bit variable. Meetings are always very informal with more emphasis on the social side of things, with a large quantity of beer usually being consumed. The club constitution allows for three forms of membership: ordinary membership, family membership and junior membership. For more information, please contact the club secretary..

Brynmawr is situated about ten miles up the A465 Head of the Valleys road from Abergavenny and roughly twenty-five miles from Cardiff.

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