Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Hitchhikers Guide to Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney

We were joined by Matthew, a Kent University caver who has moved just down the road to the Dudley Club. Following breakfast in Luigi's we headed to Trefil and parked up at the end of the village. It was a fine day and we headed out on the long walk to the cave. We found the entrance straight away and after a short break for a drink and cool down we headed underground. On the way in we decided to go and have a look at the Nant Criban branch of the cave. We spent a good bit of time in this area, the route through being tighter and more awkward than we had thought, all assuming we were on the right track... We turned back when no one could, or would fit through a tight descending squeeze. We then headed down the main passage, through the choke and to the start of the lower stream passage. The meandering rift soon became a hands and knees crawl, which was followed for about 200m with a short flat out section to reach a small choke. Beyond lay the final section of stream and from the choke, upwards through a hole lead to a area of short sandy passages. We returned taking photos on our way out.

Main Passage - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney
Jess and Matthew - Main Passage - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney

Main Passage - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney
Matthew and Mark - Main Passage - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney

Main Passage - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney
Matthew - Main Passage - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney

Main Passage - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney
Matthew - Main Passage - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney

Main Passage - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney
Matthew - Main Passage - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney

Towards Nant Criban - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney
Matthew - Heading to Nant Criban - Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney

The Trefil quarry was used as a backdrop in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Some more photos and information on Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney here.

Present: Jess Burkey, Mark Burkey, Matthew Maylin and Brendan Marris.

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