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March in the Mendips: Caving & Hiking 3 - 5 March

Caving and hiking weekend in the Mendip Hills. Walk, slide and scramble your way through twisting passages and down underground streams and waterfalls. No experience necessary and tight squeezes can be avoided. Discover Cheddar Gorge and views over the Somerset Levels

The Mendip Hills have some of the best caving in the UK. On the Saturday join experienced qualified instructors to explore two underground cave systems (stopping for lunch above ground). First an introductory cave with varied challenges, sections of scrambling, crawling through tunnels and optional squeezes. After lunch we head to Swildons Hole which is the longest cave system on the Mendip Hills with over 9km of passages in total. Discover underground rivers, stalactite filled caverns, twisting passages and underground waterfalls.  

On Sunday explore the Mendip Hills above ground on a guided hike including the stunning Cheddar Gorge and views over the Somerset Levels

This trip is open to complete beginners and you don’t have to be super-fit or super-thin, but these are definitely not show caves, be prepared for an adventure and to get wet (specialist clothing provided).  Though there may be some small spaces claustrophobia is rarely an issue – you’ll be so fascinated by the environment around you that you won’t think about the squeezy bit!  We will get wet and muddy and our experienced and helpful guide will show us the Mendips underground in a way you could not imagine. If you are curious, up for an adventure and for trying new things, then this trip is for you.

We’ll be staying in comfortable group accommodation in Cheddar, famous for it’s spectacular gorge and of course the original Cheddar Cheese.  We’ll even have some apres-caving drinks and nibbles so you’ll have the opportunity to try some locally produced cheddar and cider.  Cheddar is approx 2 hrs 35 from London and Birmingham and less than an hour from Bristol.  

If you've never come on an EC Adventure before, they're informal, friendly and great fun. We generally have singles, couples and small sets of friends coming along, from complete beginners to adventure professionals.  What we all share is a love for adventure.  Ages tend to range between mid 20s and mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome.


  • Price per person is £164 EC CLUB Members**/£179 non-EC CLUB Members

Price includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in shared rooms
  • 2 x breakfasts
  • A full day caving on Saturday with experienced instructors/guides (Saturday)
  • All specialist equipment
  • Apres-caving drinks and nibbles
  • Guided walk (Sunday)
  • EC Host

Any questions please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com

Exciting news: We have a new booking system.  It will save you time by remembering all of your important details.  It will also automatically recognise if you are booking during the earlybird discount period and if you are an EC CLUB Member so you'll never miss a discount. 

 IMPORTANT: If you purchased EC CLUB Membership on our old system then we have already created an account for you, please sign in using the email address you asked us to contact you on when you bought membership.

**If you haven't joined EC CLUB yet, then this is a great time to do so, it's only £40 per year to access local events only open to CLUB members – as well as discounts on other local events, our weekend events and loads of other adventure related discounts.

Photos credit Belinda Kirk Rob Young and Ken Grainger