Field meeting: Hypogenic Caves of N. Pennines Geopark

Hypogenic Caves of the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark

BCRA Field meeting. Sat/Sun 29/30 June 2019 in Alston, Cumbria

This weekend field meeting is entitled "Hypogenic Caves of the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark". This is a joint meeting of British Cave Research Association (BCRA) and The North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark (NPUGG). It will be based at Nenthead Village Hall, Nenthead, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3PH.

  • The attendance fee is ?10/day or ?15 for the weekend.
  • The meeting will comprise a series of talks and field visits.
  • Bunkhouse accommodation has been reserved nearby and should be booked in advance. Camping and Camper-Van hookups are also available.
This joint field meeting will be an opportunity for cavers, cave scientists, geologists, mine history specialists, quaternary scientists and local residents to gather and share knowledge and enthusiasm for this special but relatively little-visited location. There are several fine cave systems in the North Pennines but the region is most notable for hosting the longest and most complex maze caves in Britain. In contrast to the majority of British caves which are epigenic (formed by descending waters) the maze caves are of hypogenic origin, that is they were formed by rising waters. As such they have no connection to the present land surface and are only accessible because they were intersected by lead miners.

For further information, please see the info sheet and booking form that have been posted to the BCRA News Forum at . The documents includes timetable, and information on how to book and pay for your place in advance. For late information, the best place to look is probably our Facebook page at . The field meeting is organised by Andrew Hinde.


Don't forget to book your place before they're all gone... Some of the trips look like they will be fascinating  :)


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New member
This is a great opportunity to hear about a new cave discovery in the North Pennines which makes it into the top 10 longest caves in the country. ( not Hudgill )
Also -find out about where to find undiscovered maze caves , and how.
Fantastic wildlife and scenery within the geology guided walks.
A chance to talk to the original explorers of these astonishing caves ( and buy them a pint )
Open to all. Booking via the BCRA website.

Andy Farrant

Active member
If you have never been down one of these maze caves, make the effort and go. They are unlike anything else in the UK and are up there with the best. I had the privilege of visting Hudgill Burn Mine Cave with Alexander Klimchouk, the World expert on hypogene cave developement, and he was well impressed!


New member
Alternative Fact Alert - The "new discovery" puts it in the top 50 longest caves in the country( not top 10 ). I apologise to the explorers for embarrassing them with my Kellyanne Conway stile outburst.
It is no less a worthy cave for all that. Meanwhile - places on the Knock Fell Caverns trip are close to capacity now.


New member
The on line booking system for the Hypogenic Caves field meeting suffered a glitch late last week. If you tried and failed to process your booking, please try again now as it is now fixed. Thanks to Dave Gibson. :clap:


Well-known member
I can't make this very interesting sounding event. I hope a full report will be available online afterwards.



I'm looking forward to this.
Do we have a time for the group meal in the village hall on Saturday night?