About Brynmawr Caving Club

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Brynmawr Caving Club is based in Brynmawr, Gwent, South Wales, right in the middle of one of the best caving regions in Britain. The caving areas in the immediate locale are the Clydach Gorge, the Llangattock Escarpment and the Central Northern Outcrop. All of these contain some fine caves, some of which are among the finest and longest cave systems in the British Isles. Such caves as Agen Allwedd (Aggy), Ogof Y Daren Cilau, Ogof Craig A Ffynnon, Ogof Carno and Ogof Draenen are all at the most fifteen minutes drive from the town centre. The club has always been most active within these areas but also travels further afield to the other South Wales caving areas as well as regular trips to such places as Yorkshire.

 Want to Give Caving a Go?

The exploration of our underground world is an exciting and rewarding hobby that will take you to many places that most people will never see. Caves are also one of the few areas left on our planet where new unexplored places can be found and the thrill of seeing sights that no one else has ever seen be experienced.

You don’t have to be a hardened digger or an olympic athlete to visit our caves. A modicum of fitness is needed as well as a willingness to get wet and muddy, you are then ready to explore our local caves.

If you decide that you are interested in finding out more about caving and Brynmawr Caving Club is your local club, then come along, get to know us and then try caving with us. As is normal with British caving clubs, there are no costs involved in joining us to simply have a go at caving and there are always members with spare kit that can be lent. You can cave as a temporary member for a couple of trips and join us as a full member if you find that you want to explore more of the local caves. 

If you would simply like some more information, then please feel free to ask using the contact form below.

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    Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney and other Trefil Quarry caves 7th August 2022

    Dai MacDonald
    Gareth Farr
    Chris Jones
    Peter Lamb

    The morning was fantastic, amazing weather, great company, getting into the great indoors, but all of this was abruptly forgotten as we got out of the car in Pontsticill and got to the hill we had to climb. There’s no easy way to Trefil, other than a long flat walk from Trefil village, but it takes us about double the time to walk from there, so we go straight up the mountain.


    We had two objectives for the day, get Chris past the first boulder choke, and get some footage for a video.
    We got kitted up at the cave entrance, for the first time we heard debris coming off of the cliff above the entrance, so stayed very cautious around the face.
    The trip went really well, and we got some great footage of the cave. Chris got through the first boulder choke, and managed to make it part way through the “second choke” before becoming exhausted, and soon after Peter had reached his limit. Gareth and I pushed a little further, reaching the tight end series, but soon after stopped to save the others getting cold hanging around.


    Back on the surface we made our way back out of the main quarry, had some lunch, and headed around towards Cwar Yr Hendre – Quarry cave 8. We have visited this cave before, but pushed for time, we had to leave. We spotted some red and white tape in there previously, so wanted to see what it was protecting. Unfortunately Gareth and I think a thin layer of roof may have peeled off and covered whatever was there. With everything looking very unstable we headed back out.
    Last on the list is a cave which isn’t registered, as far as I could see, but I suspect it’ll fall into the Cwar Yr Hendre – sites 1-8, or 9+ if newer than the others, because it’s definitely been dug to join with another cave. High on the north face is where you come out, after entering through the opposite face to Cwar Yr Hendre – Quarry cave 8. Both caves were small, but still enjoyable.
    After being cooked in my caving gear, or so it felt like anyway, I was happy to get it off and chill out in the last of the sunshine.

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