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is all about excursions in the countryside including caving and digging trips, walks and thoughts.

Simmonds, V. 2014. An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst. Mendip Cave Register & Archive (MCRA). (currently being revised, 2016)

An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst is freely available online at and in the archaeology section of the Mendip Cave Register & Archive at

Smitham Chimney

2014 Posted on Sat, December 27, 2014 12:17:20

Reflections in the pool at Smitham Chimney, Harptree Wood, Mendip – the last of its kind still standing.

Harptree Combe

2014 Posted on Sun, November 16, 2014 15:39:07

November 16th 2014: spotted on a Sunday morning stroll in Harptree Combe.

Pestle Puffball (Calvatia excipuliformis)

On the same walk I admired some fine early Victorian engineering, the aquaduct built c.1840.

Cheddar Gorge

2014 Posted on Mon, October 27, 2014 06:39:16

A Sunday morning walk along the top of Cheddar Gorge at the end of summer time!

Bake Hole, Cheddar NGR ST 4662 5420

Velvet Bottom

2014 Posted on Wed, October 15, 2014 16:13:33

Bracket Fungi, Velvet Bottom. I would suggest Laquered Bracket Ganoderma luciderm

Blackdown, Mendip

2014 Posted on Sun, September 28, 2014 09:17:20

A view of Blackdown looking over the combe from Burrington Ham on a sunny September afternoon.

17th August 2014

2014 Posted on Sun, August 17, 2014 15:31:34

Compton Martin Ochre Mine, Mendip Hills, Somerset.

Buster goes caving!

2014 Posted on Sun, August 03, 2014 11:44:18

Read’s Cavern, Burrington, Mendip. 3rd August 2014. In the very dry stream entrance into the main chamber.

On a walk that started at the bottom of East Twin stopped at Read’s Cavern to practice some underground photography for a while. The walk then continued up the hill to the trig on Beacon Batch before returning to the van parked at East Twin.

Burrington Combe

2014 Posted on Sun, July 20, 2014 07:47:04

While out on a cycle tour of the Mendip AONB stopped in Burrington Combe to peer into Aveline’s Hole. This cave contained a number of human remain and, according to Jodie Lewis, is one of the most important Early Mesolithic burial sites in Europe.


2014 Posted on Thu, July 17, 2014 22:27:34

Newly emerged dragonfly (Southern Hawker) from the garden pond at Rugmoor.


2014 Posted on Sun, June 22, 2014 09:22:43

Hawkmoth sunning in the garden at Rugmoor on Saturday 21st June.

Field collapse, nr. Harptree Combe

2014 Posted on Sun, June 15, 2014 10:00:08

NGR ST 55950/55797. Field collapse near Harptree Combe c. 1.5m diameter and c. 1.25m maximum depth. Noted 05/05/2014 and still open 15/06/2014. Presently covered by old farm machinery. No rock visible only earth.

Priddy Circle sinkhole collapse

2014 Posted on Sun, June 15, 2014 09:48:06

NGR ST 5386/5256. Collapse c. 2m diameter and c.1.5m maximum depth within outer ditch of Priddy Circle [No 1]. Noted on 16/04/2014.

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