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Ropes should be washed after being taken underground. Washing ropes after use is a condition of borrowing them from the tackle store; this should be easy because we have an amazing purpose-built rope washer at the Belfry. It's even inside so you won't get wet if it's raining (unless the rope washing all goes horribly wrong, which it probably will).

Rope Washer Instructions

  1. Make sure rope is wetted before feeding into rope washer (this saves you having to pull the rope through an extra time just to wet it!
  2. Thread rope as shown in photograph below:
    Rope washer photo
  3. Close the cabinet door BEFORE turning the water on.
  4. Turn the water on.
  5. Pull rope through three times to thoroughly clean it.

The tackle store is accessible to members only by using their Belfry key fobs. A selection of ladders, ropes, tackle sacks, metalware and other items are available.

 Tackle can be borrowed by members provided they:

  • Fill out a borrowing form (available from the tackle store or here),
  • Clean and return it after use (use the hosepipe outside or The Rope Washer for rope)
  • Notify the tackle master of any damage (form available from the tackle store or here)

...and follow the rest of the instructions in the Tackle FAQ (PDF).

Some items of valuable equipment (such as the surveying kits and drill) are locked in the "inner sanctum" and can only be borrowed with the assistance of a committee member. Some of these items also require a deposit in the form of a cheque.


  • General Secretary: secretary [at] bec-cave.org.uk
  • Membership Secretary: membership [at] bec-cave.org.uk
  • Hut Warden: hutwarden [at] bec-cave.org.uk
  • Belfry Bulletin Editor: editor [at] bec-cave.org.uk
  • Webmaster: webmaster [at] bec-cave.org.uk
  • Librarian: librarian [at] bec-cave.org.uk

See also the forms to Book the Belfry and Book a St. Cuthbert's Trip.

There are mailing lists for contacting (most of) the membership of the club (available to members only).


The Belfry's number (incoming calls only, people only likely to be present at weekends) is 01749 67212.


The Bristol Exploration Club
Wells Road


nr. Wells



Members' Details

Personal contact details of committee members are published in hard copies of the Belfry Bulletin. Contact details of individual members are can be looked up by members in the members' area of this website.

 Mendip Digging Blog Feed

Some caves have a wardenship system. These are the known wardens in the BEC for caves on Mendip and South Wales. Appearance on this list does not mean these people are obliged to take you on a trip, so ask nicely!

Updated Oct 2019

Please contact the Caving Secretary with any amendments.  You can to this via the contact us form form the main menu.


  • St Cuthbert’s Tony Boycott, Luke Edwards, Stuart Gardiner, Pete Glanvill, Martin Grass, Pete Hellier, Ben Holstead, Anya Keatley, Tim Large, Faye Litherland, Stuart McManus, MadPhil Rowsell, Estelle Sandford, Chris Smart, Rich Smith, Dave Turner, Hels Warren, Greg Brock, Vern Freeman
  • Reservoir Hole Martin Grass, Pete Glanvill, Estelle Sandford, Stuart Gardiner, Tony Boycott, Nick Gymer, Vern Freeman.
  • Charterhouse Stuart Gardiner, Pete Hellier
  • Warden led Fairy Caves Pete Glanvill, Martin Grass, Pete Rose, Chris Smart, Dave Turner, Mandy Voysey, Vern Freeman. 
  • Grebe Martin Grass
  • Wookey Hole Martin Grass
  • Pen Park Hole Henry Dawson, Tony Boycott
  • Upper Flood Swallet Henry Dawson

South Wales / Forest of Dean

  • Dan Yr Ogof/Tunnel Martin Grass, Rob Harper, Paul Fairman, Stuart Gardiner, Laura Benn, Rich Smith, Rufus Allan
  • Ogof Capel Paul Fairman (also key holder), Rob Harper
  • Otter Hole Henry Dawson,