Over the weekend of 4th/5th November 2017, we are hosting an event for prospective new members to find out what makes the Shepton the best caving club on Mendip .
We will be organising trips to a variety of Mendip caves on the Saturday and Sunday. There will be something for everyone, including exploratory trips for newcomers and sporting trips for more experienced cavers. There may also be a bit of revelry at the Club hut on Saturday night...
Can I come if I’ve never been caving before?
Yes, the weekend is open to everyone. If you haven't caved before then don’t worry, we'll look after you. Please remember though that this event is aimed at people who are potentially interested in taking up the sport with the Club; if you prefer just to do a one-off trip then we recommend booking a taster session with a qualified instructor such as Andy Sparrow at CaveClimb.
Do I need to have my own caving kit?
No, we can help arrange for gear to be hired from CaveClimb in Cheddar (£10-£15 per person). It would also be helpful if you can bring old warm clothes (fleece and polypro is great, no cotton T-shirts or jeans) that you don't mind getting muddy, gloves (the gardening type are fine), and wellies. If you have a caving or climbing helmet then bring that too.
What else do I need to bring?
A snack (e.g. chocolate bar) and towel and change of clothes are a good idea. Toiletries too if you want a hot shower afterwards. You're welcome to cave with us on the Saturday and/or Sunday, and to bring a sleeping bag and stay over in our lovely cosy hut!
Do I need insurance to go caving?
Yes, but don't worry, you will be covered by the Club's third party liability insurance cover.
Can I bring my son / daughter too?
We very much welcome families to our Club but for practical reasons this new members meet is limited to those 18+. If you'd like to bring your son or daughter caving then get in touch and we'll be happy to arrange a trip on another weekend.
Where are you?
Our Club HQ is on the top of Mendip, about a mile east of Priddy, Grid Reference ST 544 505. From the A39 going north out of Wells take the Priddy Road (left turn westwards) towards Priddy. Pass the Hunters’ Lodge Inn crossroads. A few hundred yards further on is a garage on the right followed by a row of houses. At the end of the row is a telegraph pole with a piece of reflective tape on it. Turn right here up a track and head into the car park.
Great, how do I sign-up?
Places are limited. To reserve yours, click here to contact Andy our the membership secretary , He'll also be pleased to answer any further questions that you might have.