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About us...
incorporates two businesses.  We are a retailer specialising in caving and climbing equipment and a company providing instruction in caving, climbing and abseiling.    The company is Caving Services Ltd which is fully licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALA) to provide activities to schools and youth organisations.  The company directors are Andy and Rachel Sparrow., the retail business, is run as a partnership by Andy and Rachel.  Our premises in Cheddar incorporate a shop, training area, equipment store and office. Both our businesses are based here . In the last year Lawrence Wilson has become a permanent member of our team.  Lawrence has caved, climbed and mountain walked for many years.  


We are based in Cheddar, and our activity sites are located in the Mendip Hills of Somerset, and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  The surroundings, both above and below ground, are often spectacular.  We can run sessions in other areas such as Devon and South Wales.


Our instructing business began in 1988
as Andy Sparrow Caving Services, becoming Caving Services Ltd in 2008.  Andy Sparrow remains an active instructor.  He is well known as an expert on caving, has made several caving related TV appearances, and is the author of The Complete Caving Manual.  Andy is a climber too, and an acknowledged expert on rope techniques. and the retail business began in September 2008.  We opened a high street shop in Cheddar which we re-located to an industrial unit in June 2010.  We now use the name as a banner which neatly describes our services.


Over the last 30
years many thousands of participants have safely enjoyed our caving and abseiling sessions.  We are proud to say that we have had no serious accidents or injuries during this entire period.  In 2010 we decided to offer climbing as an ideal activity to compliment caving, allowing groups to enjoy two great and very different activities on one day.


We employ only the best instructors, genuine experts who combine technical ability with excellent communication skills.   We maintain high standards and don't cut corners - we keep our group sizes for caving at sensible levels and always try to have one rope for every three climbers (ensuring that everybody keeps busy).  We avoid climbing in the rain whenever possible
.  If the weather is bad we often offer abseiling, caving or gorge scrambling as an alternative.

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