The site contains a growing collection of “mini travel guides”, based exclusively on our personal
experiences. More than just a blog, these travel-log style guides are intended to inspire, inform and occasionally amuse.
Browse these pages, and you'll find a mix of walking guides, maps, cave descriptions and cave surveys /
cave route descriptions and much more - all supported with a series of original photography,
"How to get there" guides and various anecdotal notes.
You are more than welcome to print off any of our travel guides, route plans, etc. for your own personal use,
but please remember that they are not, and cannot, be complete in every detail, but rather should help to point the reader in the
right direction, without taking away the element of adventure. Nor are the guides a substitute for
good practice either above or below ground, and those new to caving, walking, volcanoes, etc. are strongly
encouraged to seek guidance as appropriate – either by joining a caving club, a mountaineering club, using
the services of a professional guide, or whatever suits the situation.
Above all though - enjoy!
May 2013 - Last chance to join us on our next Indonesian volcano adventure
The Winster Cavers are heading back to Indonesia in June 2013 - this time to visit the remote islands of Pulau Komba with its active volcano, Batu Tara, and also Paluweh - which has recently been building an active lava dome and producing sporadic ash eruptions, with ash clouds reaching 7km+ high.
We finish by climbing Mount Welirang, which has sulphur mining akin to that at Kawah Ijen.
The 9 short videos of our previous visit (below) will give you a taste of what
to expect - but this trip is definitely billed more as more of an "expedition",
with facilities on the remote islands of Pulau Komba & Paluweh being somewhere
between very limited and non-existent.
There is still time (but not much!) for a couple of people to join us on some or all of our travels. You need to be reasonably fit, but not super-human, and you need to have a good sense of adventure! If you want to know more details, please contact us now.
March 2013 - Indonesian volcano adventures
We've finished editing the film from our previous visit to Indonesia. This has been divided up into bite-sized chunks, and is being released as a series
of 9 short films, the first four of which can be viewed by following the link below:
October 2012 - Holiday Cottage in the Peak District
We are very excited to announce that as of early November, our holiday cottage in Winster, Derbyshire will be ready for letting. If you
want to explore the Peak District National Park, this luxurious self-catering cottage is an excellent base. For more information, visit
September 2012 - More Lake District Walks.
After an excellent short break in the lake District, we have four more routes for your enjoyment
August 2012 - Winster Cavers on Facebook!
We've just set up a new Facebook page
so we can promote new material on this site, and share with you some of our less formal moments! We also intend to (gradually) fill
in the timeline with details of our adventures! Just 'Like' the Winster Cavers on Facebook to keep up-to-date.
June 2012 - Sicily, again.
It seems like a long time since we've trodden the slopes of our favourite volcano, Mount Etna. And in the two years since
we visited, much has changed - the current eruptive phase has featured 25 separate paroxysms, mostly from the "new" South East
Crater, making Etna one of the fastest growing volcanoes in the world. Follow our blog as we tread ground old and new - very new!
March 2012 - New walking information - Climbing Mount Teide, Tenerife.
Essential information and route options for anyone wishing to climb Tenerife's highest mountain, El Teide.
January 2012 - New photo gallery - Upper Flood Swallett.
(updated December 2011)
Just before Christmas we had an excellent trip into the extensions in Upper Flood Swallett, Mendips, Somerset, UK.
Here are a few of the photographs from the trip.
September 2011 - Volcano trekking and caving in Java.
(updated December 2011)
September saw us travelling again - this time to visit several of the volancoes on the Indonesian island of Java.
Just published is a small selection (76) of the photographs we took.
STOP PRESS - ETNA IN ERUPTION 12 AUGUST 2011
Sicily's Mount Etna is currently in eruption again from the New South East Crater - the tenth event so far this year. Spectacular
views of this eruption - a stunning fire fountain and a lava flow advancing towards the Valle del Bove can be seen at the EtnaTrekking webcams and the Radio Studio 7 webcams.
UPDATE 12:10PM UK TIME
The "Grand Lady" has gone back to sleep for now. If you missed this event, you can still expect to see more activity at this
lively European volcano in the coming weeks.
August 2011 - Two new photo galleries underground in Derbyshire.
Two new photo galleries are now on-line:
June 2011 - Caving in Ireland, and new walking guides.
We're just back from an excellent week of caving in County Clare, Ireland - write-ups are in progress. In the meantime, two new North Wales walks are now on-line:
May 2011 - New Derbyshire walking guides.
Two new Peak District walks are now on-line:
Recent public showing of "From Ore to Orchids".
Our joint DCRO/Silence Mine project fund-raiser - an evening
of film in aid of Derbyshire Cave Rescue and the Silence
Mine Heritage Site - in which we showed
"From Ore to Orchids"
along with Dave Webb's new and extended version of his film on the High Rake
project raise a very respectable £350 for two worthy causes - a big THANK YOU to
February 2011 - Etna eruption photo gallery, and another walking guide.
New on-line is a photo gallery of eruptions on Mount Enta between 2004 and 2008, and another Peak District walking route, this time a
walk around Froggat Edge, Curbar Edge and White Edge in Derbyshire's Dark Peak.
January 2011 - Hiking in Tenerife
Fresh back from a week of excellent walking in Tenerife, an overview page and the start of a series of walking guides is now on-line:
Overview of Tenerife, the walking, the volcano, Mount Teide...
Tenerife - walk - Finca de Guergues
Tenerife - walk - Los Roques
Tenerife - walk - Montana Blanca
Coming soon we have some more walking in Wales, caving in County Clare, Ireland, and if all goes well, a volcano tour of Java, Indonesia... Watch this space!
Looking for information on Winster, Derbyshire? To find out all about Winster village, visit the Winster village web site.
For a veritable mine (excuse the pun!) of information about the historical family trees of Winster, immerse yourself in Dawn Scotting's amazing Winster Ancestry web site.