North Wales Caving Club (NWCC) was established in 1971 by a group of friends dedicated to the discovery, exploration and recording of mines and caves in North Wales and elsewhere. The Club combines the sporting and scientific aspects of caving within its projects and activities. NWCC members have discovered all of the major cave systems known in North Wales including the Minera Mountain and Alyn Valley cave systems, and our work continues...
We welcome new members, whether fresh to caving or experienced, and have midweek evening trips to local caves and mines, with frequent weekend or longer trips to other caving areas including abroad. NWCC provides equipment and training for anyone wanting to try out caving.
Whilst our members are happy to accompany youth groups on trips, for legal purposes the club has a mininum age limit of 18yrs for membership.
NWCC produces and holds a wide range of information and surveys of North Wales caves and mines. See below for examples of our newsletter and surveys.
NWCC has been responsible for gaining access to all the major caves in North Wales. These include:
In addition NWCC also maintains access for a number of old lead mines in the area. Currently, there is a ban imposed by the Grosvenor Estate with respect to entering all mines within their mineral rights ownership; this affects in particular the access to Ogof Llyn Park and Park Western (not to be confused with Park Mine in Gwydyr). Our previous access agreement with the Grosvenor Estate is currently being re-drafted and there is no access to these systems at present.
Entry to Ogof Dydd Bryaf and Ogof Llyn Ddu is via Minera Quarry. After lengthy negotiations NWCC have agreed a licence with North Wales Wildlife Trust (NWWT) for access to caves at Minera Quarry. The agreement is intended to provide access to all bona fide cavers and to protect the sensitive and unique features in the caves which are all part of the Ruabon/Llantysilio Mountains and Minera Site of Special Scientific Interest. Any person wishing to enter the caves will need to show they have BCA insurance, as required by NWWT. Cavers wishing to access to Ogof Dydd Byraf need to be accompanied by a conservation warden, similar to other UK caves with delicate features. This can be arranged by NWCC with at least two weeks notice before the trip.
For details please contact the Access and Conservation Officer: email@example.com.
Visiting clubs are also welcome to join the NWCC on one of its regular trips, and help with our various projects is welcomed. Several clubs from across the country were of great help in creating the dry connection between ODB and OLD.
For information on membership, access, trips etc., please contact us by email:
or if you would prefer to chat about activities or access, call Dewi Lloyd on 01978 757305.