Exploring the Karst and Caves of the Gower Peninsula
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Exploring the Karst and Caves of the Gower Peninsula edited by John S. Cooper
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Exploring the Karst and Caves of the Gower Peninsula

Exploring the Karst and Caves of the Gower Peninsula is edited by John S. Cooper. This is the long-awaited guide to the caves of the area, published by BCRA in support of a workshop field meeting weekend. Part of the review by Chris Howes, which was published in Descent (291), included:

IN 2017 BCRA ran a weekend field meeting on Gower in South Wales, during which several separate areas of caves were visited. A companion booklet was intended to be supplied to participants, but this was delayed ... and delayed ... until it has now been published as a very fine ‘walking guide’ to the region.

 

The booklet’s six parts are each written by different authors: the introduction by editor John S. Cooper is followed by sections on bedrock geology, glacial activity, the caves, archaeology and exploration. The latter section covers six suggested walks, each with a clear map showing the route and marking the many caves and karst-related sites, and amounts to slightly over half the total pagination. The guide closes with a short appendix on Gower’s geomorphological aspects, references and a list of figures; no index is provided, meaning that prior knowledge is required to locate specific site details with any ease.

 

Gower is not renowned as a major caving area as it lacks extensive caves: for sport caving, perhaps Llethrid Swallet and Tooth Cave in Green Cwm are best known, while Paviland Cave (aka Goat Hole) is world-renowned as a short archaeological site where the Red Lady skeleton was discovered by William Buckland in 1822. Nevertheless, Gower is a fascinating area where records exist for 200 other locations of interest, half of which are coastal caves. This is made evident by the many photographs taken from the sea and, indeed, the guide is extremely well presented with relevant images accompanying the clearly written text. The publication is print on demand, which means that it can be continuously updated with any corrections or additional information (though any major changes will require a new ISBN).

 

As someone who attended the field meeting and has lived on Gower, I have nevertheless learned about places that I was unaware of. The walks are readily followed and offer a diversion for any caver wishing for a quiet caving-related day after, perhaps, vigorous exercise in the more challenging caves of the Swansea Valley. John Cooper and the other authors and photographers are to be congratulated on their thorough input, as are the late Jerry Wooldridge for the clarity of the maps, Phil Wolstenholme for the layout and BCRA’s other volunteers for persevering to bring the title to print.

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Softback
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155mm x 230mm approx
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86
Illustrations:
88 photos, 6 maps, 6 diagrams
Publication date:
2023
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978-0-900265-53-2
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John S. Cooper (ed)
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