New year, New SWCC Website!

As promised we have now moved over to our new look website, I hope you like it and can find all the information you need.

I have been unable to move your log-in details across, so you will unfortunately have to go through that afresh, but at least it should be the last time and I am hopeful that password recovery and other such niceties will work again now. Registration is only available to current SWCC members it gives access to a few additional areas, in particular the library, though SWCC Newsletters remain available to all under the Club menu. There will be some teething issues. Please be patient and let me know what needs fixing and I'll get it sorted - Webmaster

Not every page has been moved across as I took the opportunity to do some gardening, but if you really miss those party pictures from 2001 let me know and I'll see what I can do. If you need to access the old site it is still available though no longer updated - Link to old SWCC website

Ogof Ffynnon Ddu

Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, the Cave of the Black Spring, commonly known to the lazy or non-welsh as OFD, is the nearest cave to the club, lying almost under the cottages. There are 3 entrances to the system within easy walking distance of the cottage - the OFD I or bottom entrance, the Cwm Dwr entrance and the OFD II or top entrance.  Please see the access information for OFD to plan a trip.

For the ‘full’ experience without leaving your chair, look at the Virtual Tour at 

OFD is Britain's third longest cave and at 275m deep is its deepest. The through trip from the Top to the Bottom entrance remains a classic in the UK, and its approx. 61km of passages provide everything from huge chambers, beautiful formations, to yawning chasms and thundering river passages.   The routes though the cave are too numerous to mention, but the simplified survey below locates some of the main points.  Copies of the full survey are available from SWCC HQ.

Be aware that the Mainstream and some other parts of the cave are prone to flooding, and in any event a journey down the Mainstream is long and cold and wet, so go prepared.

More background info on Ogof Ffynnon Ddu and a Conservation article from Welsh Country Magazine.

SWCC Address

1-10 Powell Street

Tel 01639 730613
Grid Reference SN856154

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