St Cuthbert’s Swallet is locked and access is controlled by the Bristol Exploration Club on behalf of the land owners using a warden system. Changing facilities and showers at the Belfry. For more information on the cave see the St Cuthbert’s Report

To request a trip, please either click on the button or write to the Cuthbert’s Secretary, Bristol Exploration Club, The Belfry, Wells Road, Priddy, Somerset enclosing an SAE. Please aim to give around 6 weeks’ notice.

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Cavers belonging to clubs with St Cuthbert's Swallet guest leaders should apply to their own club secretary.

Current BEC St. Cuthbert’s Swallet Wardens

Luke Edwards, Ben Holstead, Anya Keatley, Rich Smith, Stuart Gardiner, Pete Glanvill, Martin Grass, Peter Hellier, Tim Large, Faye Litherland, Stuart MacManus, Phil Rowsell, Estelle Sandford, Chris Smart, Nigel Taylor, Dave Turner, Hels Warren, Tony Boycott, Greg Brock.

Guest Club St. Cuthbert’s Swallet Wardens

Alison Moody (WCC), Andy Sparrow (Cheddar CC), Graham Price (Cerberus SS), James Begley (SMCC), Jeremy Gilson (MCG), Sean Howe (SMCC).

Training to become a St. Cuthbert’s Swallet Warden

If you are interested in becoming a St. Cuthbert’s Swallet warden, please contact the BEC Committee for more information.

St Cuthbert’s Swallet Rules

All cavers accessing the system must adhere to the rules below.

  1. Parties are limited to five (5) cavers per warden.
  2. No novices are permitted in the cave.
  3. All tourist trips in the cave must adhere to one of the recognised tourist routes.
  4. Trips into Rabbit Warren Extension, Victory passage and Canyon Series are limited to 3 cavers per warden. Even with these numbers great case must be exercised. Do not take trips to these locations (or September series) unless requested.
  5. No more than 3 cavers at a time should enter Curtain Chamber.
  6. Do not use vulnerable routes such as Rabbit Warren extension to Struggle passage via Erratic Chambers, Vantage point to the cascade and Rabbit Warren to the fingers.
  7. Electric lights only.
  8. If visiting a particularly muddy area of the cave try to wash off in the streamway to avoid muddying other sections of the cave.
  9. A tackle fee is payable by all non BEC Members.
  10. No digging is to be undertaken in the cave without the permission of the BEC committee.
  11. All cavers must have current BCA insurance.
  12. Persons under 18 (eighteen) years of age must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
  13. The Warden’s decision is final in relation to any part of the trip underground.
  14. Write all trips in the Cuthbert’s log.
  15. All cavers entering St Cuthbert’s should be made aware that sediments in the cave have a very high lead content and it is recommended that any clothing exposed to mud/sediments should be thoroughly cleaned after use.