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We are an active group of people interested in the exploration and study of mines and caves in Britain, Europe and ... well anywhere actually!

For contact details, membership form and to find out more visit our About Us page


Church Aston culvert filled in.

Church Aston Culvert

The collapse at Church Aston into the Longford Hall water conduit, investigated by the Club last year, has now been filled and the road re-instated.

Important - Change of date for July 2019 Club meeting

July Club Meeting

Please note: Due to the NAMHO Conference in early July, the July monthly meeting has been moved to Friday 12th July. Start time 8pm.

Ivor Brown Memorial Day, 27th October 2018 (Pic: Kelvin Lake)

Ivor Brown Memorial Day

The Friends of The Ironbridge Gorge Museums and the Shropshire Caving & Mining Club held a successful day of talks and films in memory of Dr Ivor Brown on Saturday 27th October 2018 in The Glass Classroom, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Offices, Coalbrookdale.

Ivor was a well respected supporter of the Friends of the IGMT and a number of mining history organisations as became evident during the course of the day.

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Stabilising the entrance to Yew Tree level Dinner (Pic: Nick Southwick)

Yew Tree level dig

During the dry spell last summer the entrance to Yew Tree level at Snailbeach was stabilised with a new large (1.4m diameter) plastic tube. The pipe is large enough for most to enter (although you do drop into the water!).

A grille, made from an old gate, was also fitted to try and prevent cattle from damaging the entrance and interupting the water supply for the local farmer.

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The Ropeway trestle at the Bog (Pic: Kelvin Lake)

The Bog Ropeway Trestle

At the end of June, Club members made the final touches to the ropeway trestle which had been donated by Forterra and erected by the Landscape Partnership at the Bog Visitor centre on the line of the former Bog Ropeway.


Re-dug collapse in Smallcleugh (Pic: Steve Holding)

Nenthead Collaspe

A major collapse on the Middlecleugh Second Sun Vein was found during a visit to Nenthead in August. Since then local mine explorers have e-opened and secured it – the final work being carried out on 11th October. The collapse was due to a failed hopper, another nearby hopper that is also suspected of being at risk of collapse has also been supported with scaffold poles.


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Exploring underground

Exploring underground for over 50 years

Shropshire Caving & Mining Club

a flying batImportant Note

  • Underground exploration can be potentially dangerous if you do not have the right equipment and skills. This is why you should consider joining a well established Club, who can train you and lend you equipment for your first few trips.
  • Have a look at our Links page to find links to other underground exploration groups, both in Britain and around the world.


It's bats !Warning These pages are under continuous development, so beware of false links, and blind headings .... !!

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