Posted: 17th May 2022

On Sunday, a group of brave Leweston boarders headed to the Mendip Hills for an underground adventure!

After getting suited up in helmets, headlamps, wellies and caving suits, these intrepid explorers climbed up the steep side of Burrington Combe to the dark entrance of Goatchurch Cavern. Descending through a maze of passages, chambers, squeezes and crawls, we experienced an incredible, otherworldly landscape of flowstone, stalactites and stalagmites, and impossibly angled slabs of rock. Led ably by our wonderful guides, Andy and Lawrence from www.caveclimb.com, our students all managed to descend to the middle layer of the cave with some intrepid cavers even reaching the lowest point at 55 metres below the entrance. Here, they faced the formidable ‘drainpipe’, a 12-metre-long tube that leads to the final chamber of the cavern. Of course, what goes down must come up again, and so after a physical climb back up through the cave, both groups emerged with smiles (and a bit of Mendip mud) on their faces ready for the minibus drive home.

We are incredibly proud of our boarders’ determination and courage, for pushing beyond their comfort zone and achieving something remarkable.

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