Hidden Realms

A celebration of 100 of the finest caves and mines in Great Britain and Ireland

Author: Martyn Farr

Special edition publication date: 01 Jun 2023

Paperback publication date: 01 Jun 2023

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Paperback ISBN: 9781839810817

Martyn Farr is one of the world’s most respected cavers and he has been at the forefront of cave exploration in the UK and further afield for decades. He is also the author of the legendary cave diving book The Darkness Beckons, first published in 1980.

Martyn's new book Hidden Realms is a photographic celebration of 100 of the most outstanding caves, potholes and mines across Great Britain and Ireland. Throughout Hidden Realms he combines his experience and passion for caving to present his favourite subterranean sites. This is an explorer’s-eye view of the most secret and wild places in the British Isles.

    Hidden Realms 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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    First impressions are what a great book...super pics, plenty of caves