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Here are some useful links for caving contacts

National Organisations

National Association of Mining History Organisations

The National Association of Mining History Organisations are the national body for mining history in the UK. It promotes education, research and gives advice on mining history.

Cave Diving Group

The Cave Diving Group aims to educate and support cave divers for recreational and exploratory operations in British sump conditions. It is also the longest running cave diving organisation and amateur diving club in the world.

British Caving Association

The British Caving Association is the governing body for underground exploration in the UK. It represents individuals and groups with an interest in caves, karst, old mines and associated phenomena from both a sporting and scientific viewpoint.

British Cave Research Association

The British Cave Research Association promotes the study of caves and associated phenomena and undertakes charitable activities on behalf of BCA. It supports cave and karst research, encourages original exploration, maintains a library of speleological information and organises conferences and meetings.

Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs

The Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs represents the interests of student caving offering advice, support and good practice guidance. It also organises popular training and social events in the main caving areas.

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Cambrian Caving Council

The Cambrian Caving Council is the national association for Wales (including the Forest of Dean and The Marches). It’s interests include exchanging information, safeguarding interests, fostering relationships, recording information and encouraging conservation.

Devon & Cornwall Underground Council

The Devon & Cornwall Underground Council is the regional caving council for Devon and Cornwall. It is composed of individuals, clubs and groups who are interested in caving in this region.

Council of Northern Caving

The Council of Northern Caving is the regional body for caving in the north of England and Scotland. It’s main interests include improving access to caves, conservation projects, anchor schemes, promoting caving, representing clubs, training and liaising with outside organisations.

Council of Southern Caving Clubs

The Council of Southern Caving Clubs is an association of clubs whose main interest lie in the Mendip Hills of Somerset. Council’s main concerns include maintaining access agreements to caves, repairing gates and conservation work.

Derbyshire Caving Association

The Derbyshire Caving Association aims to foster the spirit of co-operation between organisations and individuals interested in any aspect of caving and kindred subjects in Derbyshire and the surrounding area.

Other Resources

Visit the Yorkshire Dales

Visit the Yorkshire Dales provides lots of information on things to do and places to stay when visiting the area.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14-24 year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.

This is Ingleton

This is Ingleton provides lots of information for visitors to this part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Ghar Parau Foundation

The Ghar Parau Foundation is a 100% voluntary-based charity that manages an investment fund to provide grant aid to assist British caving expeditions to all parts of the world. The fund focuses on those expeditions which include an element of innovative exploration or scientific study. They are also particularly keen to encourage young cavers into expedition caving (as well as sport caving) to maintain an active caving community in years to come.

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