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We are occasionally asked if someone can send a non-standard payment to Descent for a wide variety of reasons. As an example, this most commonly arises when a fast delivery is required and this entails additional carriage costs over and above the second-class postal service that we normally use. When someone asks for an address change for posting their copy of Descent when they move overseas, we need to make up the difference between subscription costs for the remaining issues. Then there are cavers who simply wish to make a donation and our valued advertisers who need to pay an invoice ...

First, the drop-down box asks you to select a reason for sending the payment (make a donation, pay an invoice, add postage and so on). In each case, as you go through checkout please add a note with more specifics to tell us why you are sending the payment (if it is payment for an invoice, please include your invoice number).

This payment page is the most flexible we can arrange, as you can make payments in 1p increments. If you are paying a round sum in pounds, you can do this more easily here.

The 'product' costs one penny (where, to ensure non-UK cavers are not left wondering, 100 pence = £1). To make a payment, translate whatever sum you have in mind into pennies by leaving out the decimal point and type this number into the Quantity box. As an example:

£10.52 = 1,052 pence so type in 1052

£55.43 = 5,543 pence so type in 5543

By buying 1052 'products' you will actually send £10.52 to Wild Places, with our thanks. Of course, this works for any value so that entering 500 would mean you are sending £5.00, and so on.

As you go through checkout it will appear as though we will be sending you a huge number of pennies using Royal Mail, which is a nonsense ... but we hope that you get the idea by now. The software and its restrictions do not make this a perfect solution - we get that - but it's the best we have at present. Whatever your reason for using this page, thank you for your support.
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If stock is available for all post destinations, selecting any set of options will allow you to place your order immediately.

If stock is limited, for example with a single copy of a second-hand book, it will be assigned to UK stock. If you require posting to an address outside the UK, selecting your options may not allow an order to be placed, even though stock is available. If this is the case, please contact us to enable the options you require.

Please see our FAQs relating to deliveries, and the Delivery page linked from the bottom of each page, before placing your order if time is an important element for your order.


We regret that due to the volatility of Royal Mail postage charges, we have been forced to remove the option for two-year subscriptions. We have also been forced to remove the option for economy mail to the EU, given indications that Royal Mail intends to remove this service.

All international mail is now being despatched in paper wrapping using Royal Mail customs and address labels mandated by them. We also regret this means we can no longer indicate the last issue of your subscription on the mailing sheet or supply a reminder to renew with the final edition. Please track your own subscription ending or check with us at any time. Subscriptions begun since September 2021 have a comment added in your account (under the tab for the order) which records the final issue to be supplied.


On 1 July 2021 the EU removed all exemptions for tax and customs duty on low value items posted from the UK to the EU, meaning that although VAT is 0% on books and magazines in the UK, it is charged within the EU and the VAT (potentially plus a handling fee) now apply to all orders to the EU.

Ideally, the VAT should be paid at the point of posting, but doing so requires registration with an agent to handle the payments, and this is incredibly expensive and not financially viable. To be clear, all small publishers in the UK are in the same position and we are unable to post any items to the EU with VAT or other duties paid.

Ordering any item from Wild Places, including a Descent subscription, requires that you accept responsibility of paying the VAT and any other local charges on delivery.

To be clear: Wild Places will NOT cover any charges levied by your country; it is your responsibility to accept these when placing an order.

We apologise for the situation, but it is outside our control. We will maintain a link from the left-hand column on the home page with the latest updates. If you are an existing subscriber to Descent and have not replied yet to our enquiries concerning your deliveries, please make contact.

NOTE: Subscribers in Norway or Switzerland (which are outside the EU) should place your order on the Subscription International page or contact us first.


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