BOOKING A TRIP
Trips are normally organised once a month. If any trips are available at present, they will be listed below; select a trip and you will be taken to the booking form.
This method cannot be used for booking Scout trips;
Before booking, please take time to look at our information about preparing for a trip.
Notice that some trips may be marked family trip. If so, these are being run in the daytime during school holidays and are aimed at children with their parents or guardians.
You can also use pages on this site to send trip enquiries, to check an existing booking or to cancel reserved trips. We also show the Safety Guidelines that you will receive before your trip and you can also download guidance on preparing for trips; please read these and the safety guidelines carefully.
You can also read and download our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).
If you have booked a trip that required a donation but not yet made a donation, the trip is unconfirmed. You can make a donation here for an unconfirmed trip.
If you are involved in a single trip pre-arranged for you and your group, and you know the reference number for this trip, please use the "pre-arranged trip" pages.
Bookings normally close at least a day before the trip. Take note of the booking reference number you get while booking and if you want to check your booking, come back to this page and put it in the box below; you can also amend or cancel a booking made through the Internet.
If you need to send a donation in order to get confirmation of your booking, you will be taken to the PayPal payment page after reserving your place. If you have to cancel, we will refund the donation provided you let us know BEFORE THE DAY OF THE TRIP.
Visitors who do not arrive at least fifteen (15) minutes before the trip time may lose their place. Please be on time. We will not wait for you!
If you need to contact someone on the day of the trip, try the phone number on the booking enquiry page. Other enquiries about trips can be sent to the Club or you can go back to the general page on visiting.
Privacy: email addresses and telephone numbers collected by the booking system are not used for any other purpose. However, if you want the details removed after the trip, please contact the Webmaster. Further details and a contact email address are on our Data Protection page.
Please read these guidelines
1. The mines involve going down uneven steps, ducking through low places and sometimes crawling on hands and knees. The crawls can usually be avoided but the low roofs in places cannot. Please take account of this. Check with your leader before the trip as the route can usually be altered to suit the group.
2. You will get sand and some mud on your shoes and clothes. It washes out but may leave stains in very light-coloured clothing. Footwear should be suitable for outdoor walking.
3. Let the leader know before you enter the mine if you have any health condition that might affect your visit or you have any particular fears of the dark or confined spaces. Take any urgent medication with you.
4. If you or anyone else in your party gets into any difficulty, call the leader immediately. This includes lights failing.
5. Wear a helmet at all times in the mine. Your light should be fixed on the helmet so that both hands are free.
6. Pay attention to the instructions given by your leader. Listen carefully when asked to be quiet.
7. Do not stray away from the group either singly or in a small group. If you want to stop to look at something or to take photographs, ask the leader to stop so that you are not left behind the group.
8. If you become separated from the group, stay where you are, you will be found quicker.
9. When climbing a ladder, use the safety line provided. Wait until the person before is off the ladder and your leader says you can start climbing. Do not look up because there is a risk of sand coming down from above.
10. Do not throw sand or stones at each other, down shafts or over bridges.
11. Do not touch or climb on walls made of stacked rocks as they might collapse and are also part of the history of the mine. Keep away from deep water and do not enter a water-filled passage unless told by your leader that it is safe.
12. Do not smoke in the mines or drop litter.
13. Children under five must be accompanied with a responsible adult for each child. Dogs must be kept on the lead.
North Boundary Fault in Wood Mine
The Railway Tunnel in West Mine
A young visitor in Rabbit Caverns, Wood Mine
Emerging from Blue Shaft in Engine Vein