The Royal Forest of Dean Caving Club has a mainly local membership of people with an interest in caves and mines. The Club was founded in 1964 and has a current membership of about 90.
The Forest of Dean Area has a rich mining history dating back to ancient times and has a number of iron, coal and stone mines, some of which are still active today. The towering cliffs at Symonds Yat bear evidence of the cave bearing limestone in the area and in recent years new discoveries have well and truly put the Forest of Dean area onto the U.K. caving map. Discoveries such as Otter Hole, Wetsink, Redhouse Lane Swallet and more recently Miss Graces Lane have shown that there is a huge potential for finding new cave. With large resurgences and numerous sinks in the area the opportunities for virgin cave exploration are abundant.
Members of the Royal Forest of Dean Caving Club can be found at the monthly social held in the Rising Sun at Moseley Green when there is usually a talk on related subjects. These monthly meetings generally take place on the first Monday of the month at 8.30, downstairs in the skittle alley. Non members are very welcome to attend.
Some members may also to be found in the bar on Wednesday evenings after caving/digging sessions.
The Club holds regular evening trips to local mines and caves, as well as monthly trips to visit caves in other areas of the UK.
Regular training sessions for ropework skills used in vertical caves are held at the Gloucestershire Cave Rescue depot in Cinderford, usually on the second Tuesday of the month.
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