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Guidebooks and Surveys

These are mainly practical guides to finding and descending caves. Some also have an element of exploration history, as in the Swildons book. Surveys are posted folded, and may be posted separately to any larger order, to keep them safe.

Selected Caves of Britain and Ireland 
£11.95

Selected Caves of Britain and Ireland

Selected Caves of Britain and Ireland, by Des Marshall and Donald Rust. The classic text from 1994, well suited to the travelling caver! A good range of trips in areas from Scotland to Devon and most karstic areas in between, the Selected Caves provides an introduction to the limestone areas of the two islands. A caver visiting somewhere for the first, second or seventh time will benefit from the information given: locations; access; rigging; and easy to use descriptions. The Selected Caves of Britain and Ireland is pocket sized and paper backed, with maps and some colour photographs. It has 272 pages.
Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales, Volume 1 
£30.00

Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales, Volume 1

Soft cover version of this magisterial survey of Dales caves and karst landforms, edited by Tony Waltham and David Lowe. Large format (A4) and in full colour throughout, this is a book well suited to the needs of geologists, armchair speleologists, and pushing cavers looking for clues! Twenty expert authors have provided up-to-date articles, illustrated with 165 maps and diagrams, and over 350 photographs. Total of 264 pages. Perfect for the club library or the coffee table. ISBN 978-0-90026546-4
Caves and Karst of The Yorkshire Dales, Volume 2 
£30.00

Caves and Karst of The Yorkshire Dales, Volume 2

Soft cover version of this magisterial survey of Dales caves and karst landforms, edited by Tony Waltham and David Lowe. Whereas the first volume provided an overview of the geomorphology, speleology and science of the region, this second volume divides up into chapters which describe in detail seventeen different areas within the region, including accounts of the major cave systems. Examples are the caves of Kingsdale described by Dave Brook; and the caves of Wharfedale and Littondale described by Harry Long. Large format (A4) and in full colour throughout, this is a book well suited to the needs of serious pushing cavers looking for clues! Illustrated with 141 maps and diagrams, and well over 600 photographs, many in colour. Total of 328 pages. Perfect for the club library or the coffee table. ISBN 978-0-90026548-8
Gaping Gill 
£5.00

Gaping Gill

An interesting and well illustrated, book by Kevin Dixon. Kevin has been instrumental in the creation of a new and detailed survey of Gaping Gill and is very well qualified to write this succinct guide to the geography, history, geology and layout of this classic Dales system. This would be a good introduction for a caver visiting from a different caving region, or even a present for a potholer's non-caving relative who wants to know what the sport is all about. There's nothing too alarming in here for those outside the troglodyte tribe! Soft cover, forty two pages. A5 size. Many colour illustrations and a fold-out map. Published 2015.
Northern Caves III 
£30.00

Northern Caves III

This rather fine book is the result of many years of diligent work, the definitive cave guidebook for the Three Counties and North Western areas of the Yorkshire Dales. Jointly authored by Sam Allshorn and Paul Swire, this book aims to be the key guide to the caves - rather than a 'how to do it' manual. This new edition has been updated to provide SRT information where appropriate and available. It is very much in the modern style - not made to fit in an oversuit pocket, but easily scanned of course - and best of all, it makes one want to actually go and visit these places! Soft cover, in full colour and A5 size. Four hundred and seventy two pages of information!
Caves of The Peak District 
£20.00

Caves of The Peak District

Caves of The Peak District. Soft cover, 315 pages. All the caves you need to find, from Alderley Edge to the Wye Valley! Comprehensive descriptions, colour photographs, and basic rigging details. Some surveys of the significant caves, such as Peak Cavern and Giants, are included. Very useful for those local to the Peak, and indispensable for visiting clubs and individuals.
Swildons' Hole - A Hundred Years' of Exploration 
£25.00

Swildons' Hole - A Hundred Years' of Exploration

Swildons' Hole - A Hundred Years' of Exploration. Hard cover, colour and monochrome photographs, and survey. Excellent guide to the history and geology connected with one of the classic Mendip caves. The descriptions are full and a great aid to planning the longer and more obscure trips in this fascinating system. Stories of squalor, determination and derring-do abound, too! Valuable both as a guide, and also as a coffee-table book.
Mendip Underground 5 
£25.00

Mendip Underground 5

Possibly representing the state of the art in modern caving guidebooks. Updated, rewritten, with many wholly new sites: Charterhouse; Reservoir Hole; and Upper Flood to mention only the most currently significant. The surveys are detailed and useful (no more 'black blobs') and many of the very fine photographs were specially commissioned for the book. Also comes with SRT guide, as appropriate, plus rigging topos. The authors: Alan Gray; Rob Taviner; and Richard Witcombe are to be congratulated upon this impressive effort. It looks set to rejuvenate interest in caving on Mendip, which can only be a good thing. Hardback, 485 pages, full colour illustrations.
Caves of Fermanagh and Cavan 
£20.00

Caves of Fermanagh and Cavan

The caving guide to one of the most exciting areas of limestone in the Irish / British islands. Complete with surveys, monochrome and colour images, this not only gives good descriptions of some classic sporting trips, but - if you read between the lines - also gives pointers as to where the ambitious caves might look for the next breakthrough. Published in 1997, thanks to the hard work and diligence of authors G. L. Jones, G. Burns, T. Fogg, and J. Kelly, it is pretty much as relevant now as it was twenty years ago, even if some of the caves are a bit longer! Hard cover, 128 pages, a little larger than A4 size.
Classic Darksite Diving 
£27.50

Classic Darksite Diving

Martyn Farr's guide to diving sites in the UK and Europe, that deals with thoroughly enjoyable venues of straightforward access. Apparently, ten years in the preparation! A very useful and well produced guide, which presents the relevant information clearly and concisely. Surveys, descriptions, access arrangements and suitable kit configurations are all present, in a user friendly passage. Useful for the newcomer, but also for travelling diver who wants to cherry - pick the nicer sites in any area through which they might be passing. Soft cover. 192 pages. Full colour illustrations.



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