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Come caving with CSS

Most of our current members live across the South of England and South Wales where we have a cottage adjacent to the Mynydd Llangattock limestone massif. This has some of the longest and largest caves in the country with 65+ kms of explored passages.

Are you new to caving?

CSS welcomes new members, offering them

the opportunity to make new friends and to

learn new skills, exploring the underground

world one cave at a time.  The UKcaving

forum has launched an attractive website.

CHELSEA SPELÆOLOGICAL SOCIETY Exploring underground across the UK and beyond
CHELSEA SPELÆOLOGICAL SOCIETY Caving in Wales, the South of England, and beyond

August Bank Holiday Meet

Join the club’s long weekend meet based at Whitewalls.  Activities on offer include a mine exploration visit to Nantmwyn organised by Paul Tarrant on the Saturday, and a wine and cheese tasting event on the Sunday evening organised by Stuart France following a do-it- yourself communal dinner from about 7pm following local caving trips earlier in the day. As it is supposed to be summer, when it isn’t raining, this year we will focus on white wines priced between £3.99 and £8.99 looking for a good price-quality rapport and exotic flavours. Some suggestions to inspire your taste buds include the £6.99 Marsanne from Lidl, and Aldi’s crisp Argentinian Chardonnay (No.21 in their ‘Lot’ series) that they have been selling off recently at £7 as a bin end. Grab a load now. On the Monday, there may be a trip to Pant Mawr Pot, or we might be assisting with a film production company that wishes to visit good sink holes and see their associated geology.
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Least Restrictive Access

NRW has recently published a guide booklet called “By All Reasonable Means - Least Restrictive Access” available for download. Their principle of Least Restrictive Access (LRA) is an approach that helps raise the overall standard of access of a site, route or facility over time.  LRA requires organisations with a responsibility for providing access to the outdoors to strive to maximise accessi- bility for as many people as possible.  LRA is achieved by identifying the least restrictive option for a specific feature, such as a gate.  Where the highest access standards cannot be achieved – for example because of lack of cooperation by a landowner – there should always be a clearly reasoned and documented justification for the decision to use a lower standard.  Examples of LRA include routes for all visitor abilities and publicity that presents a welcoming image.