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sea caves in the UK

corinnal

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Hello,

What area of the UK (excluding Ireland) has the most coastal caves? Not looking for particularly deep caves, just somewhere you can actually walk into.

Thanks,

Corinna
 

Inferus

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No idea if it's the most but there's a good number, along with arches and inlets, at Flamborough (North Landing, Thornwick Bay) that can be walked into at low tide.
 

mikem

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Far more around much of the west coast (from Dorset up to Shetland). Most of them haven't been counted.
 

corinnal

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mikem said:
Far more around much of the west coast (from Dorset up to Shetland). Most of them haven't been counted.

Thanks for the tip, but isn't Dorset on the South Coast? I am not a UK native so a bit confused about which part exactly you mean  :-\
 

mikem

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Dorset is on the south coast, but the west end of it! Caves tend to be lacking from there eastwards, although there are a few; whilst they continue around Devon & Cornwall onwards (even Somerset & Gwent have some - we have a book about it https://www.mcra.org.uk/wiki/doku.php?id=for_sale#somerset_underground_-_1 )
 

nmenzies

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There's a good number on the east coast of Scotland that are accessible from land, some decent ones at Arbroath, New Aberdour or near Hopeman.
The gsg cave registery has loads shown although a reasonable number require a kayak to get to.
https://registry.gsg.org.uk/sr/registrysearch.php

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topcat

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nmenzies said:
There's a good number on the east coast of Scotland that are accessible from land, some decent ones at Arbroath, New Aberdour or near Hopeman.
The gsg cave registery has loads shown although a reasonable number require a kayak to get to.
https://registry.gsg.org.uk/sr/registrysearch.php

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Ditch the kayak!  Arbroath is a Mecca for coasteering!  Swim it!
Happy to guide anyone interested in some serious sea cave exploration.

TC
 

corinnal

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mikem said:
Dorset is on the south coast, but the west end of it! Caves tend to be lacking from there eastwards, although there are a few; whilst they continue around Devon & Cornwall onwards (even Somerset & Gwent have some - we have a book about it https://www.mcra.org.uk/wiki/doku.php?id=for_sale#somerset_underground_-_1 )

Great, now I have a better picture of the area you mean. And that book looks interesting. Thank you Mike  :)
 

rhychydwr1

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The Cornish coast is the longest in Britain with 422 miles.  I counted over 180 sea caves in the book Caves of Cornwall
 

corinnal

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rhychydwr1 said:
The Cornish coast is the longest in Britain with 422 miles.  I counted over 180 sea caves in the book Caves of Cornwall

That's amazing...I think I will need to get that book!
 

corinnal

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mikem said:
Some of them are shown on:
https://dcuc.org.uk/registry/r/registrysearch.php

Mike, I was actually wondering if such a map exists! I guess no map will show every single cave there is  :cautious: but this is a good start  (y)
 

corinnal

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rhychydwr1 said:
The Cornish coast is the longest in Britain with 422 miles.  I counted over 180 sea caves in the book Caves of Cornwall

That is an astonishing amount. There seem to be quite a few books out there that actually list caves. I will have to start hunting those book down I think  ;)
 

mikem

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There are separate registers for several areas, CNCC covers north (including Scotland), MCRA -: Somerset & Dorset (elsewhere on previous link I posted) & Wales:
http://www.cambriancavingcouncil.org.uk/registry/ccr_registry.php
 
Scotland's east coast has had a mention but I don't think a comment has appeared about the west coast. Beyond Fingal's Cave, Smoo Cave (well nearly west(ish)) and the like there are many raised beaches with abandoned sea caves, Mull for example, which means walking to and in is easier and somewhat safer  :halo:

Jim
 
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