Cavers please note: you should no longer reach the entrance to Ogof Ffynnon Ddu I ('Bottom Entrance') through the garden of the cottage at Y Grithig.
For many years cavers have enjoyed the benefits of a permissive route to the OFDI entrance through the landowners’ garden. The cottage is changing hands and consequently SWCC has negotiated an alternative route to the cave entrance. This is via the footpath (known locally as ‘The Pant’) which runs alongside the fence of the property (and is visible from the cave entrance).
If you are walking from the SWCC HQ: take the road down the hill, past the houses, and take the footpath signposted on your right (through a gate). There is a bathtub a few metres down. Follow the path for another 150m or so, through a wooden gate, and you will come to the site of a previous gate. Turn left and walk across the dry stone walling (this’ll make sense when you’re there!) and then cross the wire fence at the point where there is no barbed wire. This brings you out just above the cave entrance; take care as the bank is often slippery.
If you are parking in the usual lay-by: walk down the lane as if going through the garden of Y Grithig, but keep going past the property and take the footpath on your right (taking care to shut the gate - there are sometimes horses in here). Follow the path up to the site of a previous gate and turn right across the dry stone walling, as described above. If you reach the wooden gate you’ve gone too far.
As ever please take care when crossing fences and keep noise to a minimum, especially if entering or leaving the cave at an anti-social hour. Cavers have always enjoyed good relations with the owners of Y Grithig and their neighbours and we would all wish this to remain the case. Your co-operation is appreciated.
Club secretaries/ journal editors/ webmasters: can you please ensure that the above information is disseminated to your members as soon as possible? Thanks.