Caving in Ireland
If you enjoy dark, wet, cool, and eerily quiet places which get the heart pumping then caving could be your next adventure. On your journey down or across into the dark depths and recesses you may hear an echoing noise reverberating around you, revealing an open underground space below the ground.
Also known as potholing this is the experience of exploring the caverns and empty spaces and canyons caused by limestone erosion. Limestone ‘melts’ over time when water meets it, so caves can facilitate the transit of water through their accommodating ability to give in to water. This happens over many, many years. A trickle can quickly become a flood though so be warned, its only to be undertaken with a trained guide with the appropriate equipment who will keep you safe from any such threats letting you uncover a whole new world below the earth’s surface.
It is an adventure sport which is challenging and requires moderate fitness and can involve abseiling, swimming, crawling, scrambling and navigating around these subterranean water chambers or dry caves.
On a subterranean journey one could see underground rivers, waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmite formations. Maybe encounter some bats too along the way! Explore foreboding passages, tight crevasses, mighty caverns or even lofty chambers.
This is not an experience to be taken on without the necessary training and equipment. For Caving in Ireland, Corralea Activity Centre in Fermanagh regularly run cave trips with fully qualified cave leaders and would be delighted to introduce you to this unquie world.