A celebration of 100 of the finest caves and mines in Great Britain and Ireland
Author: Martyn Farr
Paperback publication date: 11 May 2023
Paperback ISBN: 9781839810817
Special edition available to pre-order in February
Into the Dark by Martyn Farr showcases 100 of the most outstanding, caves, potholes and mines across Great Britain and Ireland. Martyn is one of the world’s most respected cavers, and he has been at the forefront of cave exploration in Great Britain and further afield for decades. In Into the Dark, he combines his experience and passion for caving to present his favourite subterranean sites
Into the Dark by Martyn Farr showcases 100 of the most outstanding,
caves, potholes and mines across Great Britain and Ireland.
Martyn is one of the world’s most respected cavers, and he has been at
the forefront of cave exploration in Great Britain and further afield for
decades. In Into the Dark, he combines his experience and passion for
caving to present his favourite subterranean sites – the best of the
best in the UK and Ireland. This is an explorer’s-eye view of Britain’s
most secret and wild places.
Many of the most highly rated, classic caves and mines are here – Gaping
Gill with its almighty chasm and Porth yr Ogof with the swirling waters
of White Horse Pool. Also captured are more remote, difficult to explore
and seldom visited places – including the challenging-to-reach bivvy
site known as Restaurant at the End of the Universe in Ogof Daren Cilau
and Circus Maximus in Ogof Draenen. For pure, pristine displays of
formations the wonders of Neverland in Upper Flood Swallet cannot be
surpassed. Here too there are a wide range of mines, today mostly
abandoned and silent. Some, such as Nenthead, contain important and
intriguing industrial archaeology. Others offer an underground adventure
for intrepid explorers including the Tyrolean crossings and bridges of
the Croesor–Rhosydd Slate Mine or the thrilling challenges of Cwmorthin
Slate Mine which will test the nerve of all comers.
Venture into the world of caving – at its spectacular, mysterious and
inspirational best. Martyn’s stunning photographs and text capture
moments held in time that most people have never seen, and the
accompanying texts skilfully weave nuggets about the history of the
sites hidden beneath us.
We don’t yet know how many more caves and tunnels there are waiting to
be explored beneath the ground, and while some may be the hardest places
in Britain and Ireland to reach, this is the first time the best of the
known ones has been documented together.
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