Access arrangements for Water Icicle Close Cavern Extensions
In order to protect the very delicate and scientifically important sediments and formations in the
new extensions to Water Icicle Close Cavern, arrangements have been made, in agreement with DCA and
Natural England, for parties to visit the extensions once a month accompanied by a guide.
The guide is provided to ensure no damage occurs and to point out features of interest to help
explain why exceptional conservation measures are necessary. All visitors are responsible for their
own safety, therefore they need to be competent cavers - we cannot accept
any novices. The above arrangement is to gain access to the new extensions, but cavers need
to provide their own equipment and be able to rig, descend and ascend the 32m entrance pitch.
Each group may consist of a maximum of 4 visitors but it may be possible to take two groups on
one day. The dates listed are Saturdays, but you may be able to arrange to visit on a Sunday or
if you are unable to visit at a weekend, it may be possible to take your group underground
on a midweek evening (one group of four only). Please contact us with an alternative midweek date
close to the advertised one.
These arrangements apply to the new extensions at the end of Northwest Passage - access to the
rest of the cave is unaffected, including the more recent
extensions to South Passage.
Below is a table for available Weekends and whether they have been booked already or
are still available.
5 January 2013 Booked
2 February 2013 Booked
2 March 2013 Free
6 April 2013 Free
|11 May 2013||Free|
|1 June 2013||Free|
|6 July 2013||Free|
|3 August 2013||Free|
|7 September 2013||Free|
|5 October 2013||Free|
|2 November 2013||Free|
|7 December 2013||Free|
If you wish to arrange for a visit, please send an email with the date required to