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Guides And Access


The most up to date guide for caving in the area is "The Caves of the Forest of Dean" published by:
Paul Taylor,
9 Massey Road,
Gloucester GL1 4LG

This publication contains information on all the cave sites in the Forest of Dean area, and their access requirements.

There is a similar publication for the mining sites "The Mines of the Forest of Dean and Surrounding Areas" Published by Tony Oldham.
Tony Oldham,
Riverside Mews,
Cardigan SA43 1DH

There is currently No ACCESS to:
Bixhead Stone Mine
Robin Hood Shaft
Little John Shaft

For information about Otter Hole access please follow this link Otter Hole

Many of the sites in the Forest of Dean area are on land controlled by Forest Enterprise. A permit system is in use, which is run for cavers by the Forest of Dean Cave Conservation and Access Group (FoDCCAG).

To obtain a permit, please contact:
Dave Tuffley,
30 Coombe Drive,
Cinderford GL14 3EF

Sites which do not fall under fall under Forest Enterprise may have seperate agreements. Please contact us if you need more information.

Places to Stay

RFDCC have compiled a list of possible places to stay whilst caving in the Forest of Dean.

Local Caves

  • Wet Sink/Slaughter
  • Otter Hole
  • Redhouse
  • Big Sink
  • Miss Grace's Lane
  • Ban-Y-Gor

  • Local Mines

  • Noxon Park
  • Wigpool
  • Bixslade

  • Current Digs

  • Kelly's Lane
  • The Dropper
  • Hole in the Hedge
  • Cowshill Farm Dig
  • Piccadilly Pot
  • Cabsav