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Sheffield Urban Caving Tours - Megatron & Sheaf Culverts

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July tours are sold out!

 
 

Sold out!

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2024 Tours

July tours are now sold out.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sheaf-amp-porter-rivers-trust-34005657911

 

We will be advertising further tours for August and September, 4 times a day, at:
09:30, 11:30, 14:00 & 16:00.

August tickets will be released mid-july and September tickets in mid-August. Release dates are not confirmed at this time.

Look out for our new souvenir guidebook

​There’s so much interesting stuff about the river which we don’t have time to tell you on the tours so we have now written an lavishly illustrated souvenir booklet which has it all!

You can order a copy in advance on Eventbrite for £4 and pick it up from the guides at the end of the tour.
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Questions? Ask tours@sheafportertrust.org

 
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About the Tours

The tours are led by experienced caving guides from 'Howl Bushcraft', who, with the assistance of Trust volunteers, will teach you about the history, biodiversity and future of these mysterious and sometimes unintentionally beautiful places.

The tours normally run from July to October.  Outside this 'dry weather' period rainfall would cause too many cancellations

In view of the environment and safety considerations there is a minimum age limit of 14 (children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian). You need to be reasonably mobile and able to walk on uneven and slippery surfaces with flowing water and to crawl or stoop in certain sections. Unfortunately no pets are allowed.

The tours are just one activity the trust delivers with other key initiatives including river clean-ups, promoting the de-culverting and re-naturalisation of the rivers and fundraising for key projects.

Subject to conditions on the day tours will aim to go as far as the legendary Megatron culvert!  There is deep water beyond the Megatron and a high weir falling into the river Don so this is where we turn round and retrace our steps.

You need to be ready and at the designated meeting point at least 15 minutes before your official start time for your safety debriefing and kitting out.

Some short sections of the route have got a deeper over the winter due to shifts in the channel so if you want to stay totally dry best bring waders. Alternatively just wear shorts and those sturdy boots or wellies. You can bring some spare clothes to change into which can be left in our van at Triple Point together with any other valuables.

 

Layers of clothes including waterproofs are recommended though your guide will advise on the day as to the conditions and how cold or warm it is likely to be.

You may wish to bring a walking pole or stick to help with balance. Safety helmets and lamps will be provided. Spare clothes and shoes for after the trip may be necessary depending on water levels.

Please be aware you may not be permitted to join the tour if you are wearing unsuitable footwear or arrive after the safety debriefing has begun, and you will not be refunded.

Tours may be called off in the event of high-water conditions or forecast of heavy rain.

A full refund will be offered in this case. Refunds are not available in any other circumstances, but you may transfer your ticket to somebody else at face value or less.

Photo credit: Patrick Dickinson

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