Who are we?
SMCC (aka ‘The Shepton’) is a friendly, inclusive caving club based on the Mendip hills in Somerset. We’ve been at the forefront of caving in the UK since we were founded in 1949 and welcome new members of all abilities to join our growing membership of around 120.
Where are we based?
A fair proportion of our members are local to south-west England, but we have also members across the UK and beyond. Our home ‘The Mineries’ near Priddy, is the last surviving building of St Cuthbert’s Leadworks, see hut details for further information and facilities available.
We, the Shepton Mallet Caving Club (SMCC), are a Mendip based caving club which was founded in March 1949.
As a Mendip-based club, in the 1960s and 70s it was at the forefront in the cave diving exploration of Swildon’s Hole, progressively downstream to Sump 12 and involved in pushing the exploration of many other extremities of the cave.
The Club was equally active with the exploration of St Cuthbert’s Swallet, including passing the sump in October 1969 and over the decades to present day regularly “dug” at many surface features.
The Shepton Hut, the Mineries is the closest hut to the centre of the Universe.
Rates are reasonable and we welcome visiting groups (e.g. caving, scout) to stay.