BALCH CAVE

Mendip
ST 6577 4763

Access

Please read the updated access conditions due to coronavirus for the Fairy Cave Quarry Caves.

The maximum party size is 6. No leader is required. Keys are held by the major Mendip Clubs. These are the ACG, BEC, CSS, MCG, MNRC, SMCC and WCC. The cave is closed from 1st October to 30th April to protect the hibernating bats. Balch's Cave is a well known bat hibernacula and has been grilled to protect the resident bat colony.

The Fairy Cave Quarry Management Committee administers the access to this cave on behalf of the quarry owners. Access is open to bona fide caving clubs. All cavers visiting the cave must have adequate public liability insurance, such as the BCA's.

Please phone 01934-742710 or write, with SAE, to the FCQ Management Committee, c/o Martin Grass, Bryscombe, New Road, Draycott, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3SG to advise of your intended visiting date. This is important since the owners are supplied with a list of intended trips and regular checks are made at the quarry by security personnel.

The quarry has been fenced and gated by the owner. The gate is fitted with a combination lock and the number is available from the major Mendip Clubs. Please keep the gate locked.

A locked car park is provided for visiting cavers. The key is available from the major Mendip Clubs. You are asked to make use of this facility rather than parking on the road since the road is narrow and despite its appearance, takes a lot of 38ton lorry traffic.

An alternative option is to park at the Cerberus Hut, half a mile up the hill, for a small goodwill fee. Be sure to let them know you are leaving your car. There have not been any reported car break-ins but you should always remove valuables from display anyway.


Last modified 13th Jul 2020.
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