NewsFlash: Pyrenees trip planned for September 2024!
We now have a sub-committee to arrange trips and will usually arrange trips for the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The first Tuesday will usually be a cave and the 3rd a mine. Including two Sunday trips to Cornwall, we now have trips planned up to the end of January 2024, plus provisionally a trip to the French Pyrenees, via Santander, Spain, in September.
Members are informed of the meet points by email during the week before the event. We do not give precise locations on the calendar to prevent non members putting themselves at risk or causing damage to the site or our reputation. We hope you understand. Tuesday trips start at 7.30pm. Arrive 7pm ish to be ready on time. If you are not a member yet, but want to attend a trip, then please get in touch with us on our Join Us page. We ask members to respond to the email if they want to attend.
2023 has been PCG’s 60th Anniversary. We have had special events including anniversary trips, dinner with current and former members at The Dartbridge Inn and social at Pengelly. We also produced an anniversary teeshirt and hoodie!
Due 2023 Sat 4 Nov – SRT Training 10am Pengelly. Equipment available. Also: Bring £10 and a pair of carabinas (see equipment) if you want to make your own set of cowtails. Rope supplied. Tue 7 Nov – Radford Cave. Easy. Leader: Richard. Tue 21 Nov – Mine tunnel near Callington. Easy, but wet over wellies. Sun 26 Nov - Colourful Cornish Mine day trip (Same as 22 Oct, but fully booked) Tue 5 Dec – Baker’s Pit. Ladders down, then easy. Leader: Richard. Tue 19 Dec – Mine near Horrabridge (Christmas trip) Easy Wed 20 Dec - Committee Meeting. Pengelly. Fri 22 Dec - Christmas Dinner, Dartbridge Inn, Buckfastleigh. (SRT equipment not required.) Wed 27 Dec – Bath Stone Mines. Day trip. Easy. Leader: Richard. Also Christmas Dinner - Probably at the Dartbridge Inn in December. TBA 2024 Tue 9 Jan - Pridhamsleigh Cavern Tue 23 Jan – Mine near Lydford- Subject to access permission Then the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month UFN. 8 SEPTEMBER - PYRENEES TRIP Provisionally arranged from Sunday 8th September, via overnight ferry to Santander, and arrive back on Friday 20th. (Alternatively, fly Bristol to Bilbao and hire a car.) This gives 9 clear days at the Pierre Saint Martin cave system in the French Pyrenees and possibly Matienzo, Northern Spain. Let us know if you are interested, so we can arrange itinerary, accomodation etc.
So that you can more easily see what we have been up to, recent and previous events are listed below the calendar. Highlighted events have trip reports.
Mine near Horrabridge (Christmas trip) Easy 7:30 pm
Christmas Dinner, Dartbridge Inn, Buckfastleigh. 7:30 pm
Recent 2023 Sun 22 Oct Colourful Cornish Mine day trip. 10.30am. Tue 3 Oct Afton Red Rift Cave. Difficult to V Difficult. Wed 20 Sep Committee Meeting. Pengelly Centre. Tue 19 Sep Mine near Tavistock. SRT. DERBYSHIRE TRIP Friday to Sunday 8, 9, 10 September Caving trip to Castleton, Derbyshire, including Peak Cavern by permit. Also mines in the area. Hut fee £8 per night for 2 nights- Friday and Saturday, payable to PCG in advance. Hut brochure: https://tsgcaving.co.uk/sites/tsgcaving.co.uk/files/Documents/TSG_Chapel_Brochure.pdf 3D model of local caves & mines https://peakdistrictcaving.info/pages/psp_model Tue 22 Aug Pridhamsleigh Cavern. Muddy. Leader: Colin. Tue 08 Aug Mine near Callington. SRT. Leader: Richard. ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND Sat 15 July 1pm Pridhamsleigh Cavern. Anniversary trip. Sat 15 July 6pm Anniversary Meal with founding members. Dartbridge Inn. Followed by social at Pengelly Sun 16 July 10am? Bakers Pit Cave. Anniversary trip. Leader: Richard. Tue 4 July Mine near Callington (official pcg trip) Might be wet. Leader: Karen. Also- Tue 4 July Bunkers Hole Cave. Unoficial survey/photographic trip with Richard. Members welcome. Quite tight. Tue 20 June Colourful mine near Gunnislake. Walk in, fairly dry. Leader: Brian. Wed 14 June Committee Meeting, Pengelly Centre. Members may observe. Tue 30 May Virtuous Lady Mine, via a private garden. Sunday 28 May 11am. Heamatitie mine near Bovey Tracey run by the Kelly Mine Trust, as their special guests. Tue 16 May Bunkers Hole Cave, Dean Pryor. Leader: Craig or Richard. Tue 02 May Reeds Cave, Buckfastleigh. Special trip. Leader: Richard. Tue 25 Apr 'Tango near the Tamar!' Trelawney Consols, Calstock. Red ochre mine with deep red muddy water! Tue 18 Apr Hawkswood Mine, through trip. Wolframite- tungsten ore. Semi SRT steep entry descent. Thigh height wet in exit adit. Tue 11 Apr Haytor Iron Mine. Magnetite. Wet in 1 adit. Tue 04 Apr Bakers Pit Cave Tue 21 Mar Mine near Callington. SRT & non SRT access. Wed 15 Mar Committee meeting. Pengelly/Online. Open meeting- members may attend and observe committee meetings, though not vote. Tue 14 Mar Mine near Gunnislake. Partly wet. Leader:Dave W. Mon 13 Mar 7.30 Pengelly Centre. Devon and Cornwall Underground Council (DCUC) AGM. All PCG members welcome. Tue 07 Mar Mine near Liskeard. Leader: Dave W. Tue 28 Feb Mine near Callington. Leader: Karen. Tue 21 Feb Pridhamsleigh Cavern. Leader: Colin. Wed 15 Feb AGM All Members. Pengelly/Online. Tue 07 Feb Rarely visited mine near Horrabridge. Limited to 6. Sun 29 Jan Special trip. Bakers Pit cave, Buckfastleigh. Leader: Richard. Tue 17 Jan Mine near Callington. Wet. Leader: Brian. Tue 10 Jan Infrequently visited cave near Buckfastleigh. Muddy. Previous 2022 Tue 27 Dec Adit near Tavistock. Wet. Sat 17 Dec 7.30 Christmas Dinner. Dartbridge Inn, Buckfastleigh. Accomodation was available at the Pengelly Centre for those not wishing to drive after. Tue 13 Dec Virtuous Lady mine near Tavistock. Bring spare clothes & towel as usual. Wed 07 Dec Committee meeting Pengelly/Online. Tue 06 Dec Adit near Callington. Wet: Change of clothes. Fri 2 to Sun 4 Dec South Wales Xmas trip- Llangattock. Hut fee £10 per night Trip to Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (OFD) via permit. Trip to Graig y Ffynnon. Tue 29 Nov Mine near Tavistock, Very wet & orange! Spare clothes & towel. Leader: Brian. Tue 22 Nov 400 Metre adit near Saltash. Very wet- chest height! Bring spare clothing. Leader: Brian. Tue 15 Nov Silver mine, Bere Peninsular. Tue 08 Nov Pridhamsleigh Caverns- Exploring the attics etc. Easy, but very muddy. Leader: Richard. Tue 01 Nov No trip organised due to illness. Tue 25 Oct Mine near Gunnislake. Easy, but wet. Bring change of clothes. Tue 18 Oct Walk in mine near River Walkham, Devon. Easy, wet. Tue 11 Oct Walk in mine near Grenofen, Devon. Easy, wet. Tue 04 Oct Baker's Pit Cave, Buckfastleigh. "Hoping to head to the lower part of the cave towards Bullycleaves." Deep ladder access, crawling, medium. Leader: Richard. Tue 27 Sept Mine, nr Bere Alston, Devon. Wet. Thu 22 to Mon 26 Sept North Wales Trip. Hut fee £12/night Friday Gp1 Cwmorthin. Walk in. Courtesy of Go Below. Gp2 Croesor Rhosydd through trip (CRTT). SRT. Guide required. Saturday Gp1 Great Orm. SRT. Gp2 Long quarry drainage adit & underground workings. Wet. Sunday Drainage Tunnel. 400 foot deep ladder access. 9 hour trip. Monday Slate Museum & Return home. Wed 21 Sept Committee meeting. Pengelly/Online. Tue 20 Sept Hematite mine, Bovey Tracey. Long walk, easy, dry. Tue 13 Sept Mine near Liskeard. Medium, wet. Tue 06 Sept Tunnel in Cornwall. Easy, wet. Tue 30 Aug Mine Tue 23 Aug Very colourful mine. Cornwall via 30m 60º shaft. Semi SRT. Tue 16 Aug Cave- Pridhamsleigh Cavern. Beginners, muddy. Tue 09 Aug Tunnel in Devon. Easy, wet, long. Tue 02 Aug Mines Nr Gunnislake. Tue 26 July Cave Tue 19 July Mine Tue 12 July Devon Great Consuls Tue 05 July Clapham Junction Mine. Kit Hill. Easy SRT. Tue 28 June Cave Tue 21 June Adit near Chillaton, Devon. Adit, easy. Tue 14 June Deer Park Adit. Nr the Tamar. Adit, easy. Tue 03 May SRT Training, Chudlegh.