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Nordrach Cottage



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Since its beginnings in 1954 the Mendip Caving Group has always been associated with the Charterhouse area of the Mendip Hills. Our first HQ was at the Charterhouse Minories, and we have been located at Nordrach since the 1970's.

The cottage is less than 4 miles from Burrington on the B3134 road to Priddy and is a few minutes walk from Upper Flood Swallet, Mendip's 4th longest cave

Nordrach Cottage
Charterhouse on Mendip
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Nearby caves

Blackmoor Valley

Upper Flood Swallet - now over4km long and 126m deep - Waterwheel Swallet, Grebe Swallet and Blackmoor Shaft (Stainsby's Shaft) are all just a short walk from the Cottage.

Nordrach, Ubley and Compton Martin area

Pintree Pot is less than 5 minutes walk away. Ubley Hill Pot, Pintree Pot, Rocket Drop Cave, Ubley Warren Swallet/Nettle Pot, Cairo Mine and Compton Martin Ochre Mine are all nearby.


Manor Farm Swallet, Longwood/August System, GB Cave, Tyning's Barrow Swallet, Rhino Rift are within 3 miles. If you drive, please consider parking at one of the occupied farms. It is possible to walk to the Charterhouse caves from the cottage or from Charterhouse Centre

Burrington Combe

Burrington Combe is less than 4 miles from the cottage - park at Burrington Cafe or in the quarry at Rock of Ages. Goatchurch Cavern, Sidcot Swallet and Avelines Hole are traditional novice caves but there are some sporting challenges as well in Pierre's Pot, Lionels Hole, Rod's Pot and Reads Cavern

Further afield

Swildon's Hole, Eastwater Cavern, St Cuthbert's Swallet, and Hunters Hole are all within a short car ride

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Mendip Caving Group. UK Charity Number 270088. The object of the Group is, for the benefit of the public, the furtherance of all aspects of the exploration, scientific study and conservation of caves and related features. Membership shall be open to anyone over the age of 18 years with an interest in the objects of the Group.