• Hello From Descent

    The publication date for issue 289 is the 10th of December, meaning subscribers should receive their copies during the week leading up to that date. It is also available from caving suppliers such as Inglesport and Starless River, or from our new website

    New Descent board here:

Mendip re-opens following new BCRA Insurance scheme




Mendip has re-opened as there is now a new BCRA Insurance scheme in place. Just got this via the WSG's mailing list:

Hi All

You will be pleased to learn that a national insurance scheme is now in
place, the relevant access bodies have regained their cover & the caves are now open again. The Charterhouse caves (G.B., Longwood, Charterhouse & Rhino Rift) are open, the CSCC-key caves, Singing River Mine, Cuckoo Cleeves, Compton Martin Ochre Mine - though this closes in January anyway, Priddy Green Sink, etc. are all open again. I believe that the Fairy Quarry Caves & St. Cuthberts have also opened but have not had "official" confirmation of these last two.

There are still "issues" over the use of explosives & over cave diving, but
they won't affect the majority of you, anyway.