Somerset Sump Index 2008
The Cave Diving Group sump indexes are supplementary to the regional caving guides and an invaluable resource and essential reference guide for any UK trained cave diver, researcher or even dry caver looking to better understand the hydrology of British caves. The sump indexes are compiled from many years of exploration reports from CDG members and other contributors.
The regional sump indexes summarise the CDG's knowledge (at the time of printing) of the sumps in each of the major caving regions in the UK and when used in conjunction with the regional caving guides. The sump indexes will help to give up to date picture of British caves and their sumps.
The fourth edition of the Somerset Sump Index consisting of a chronology and description of 50 sites in the area, 196 pages, 8 surveys.
Edited by Mike McDonald & Duncan Price and published by the Cave Diving Group.
Copyright The Cave Diving Group 2008
This is the fourth edition of the Somerset Sump Index. The first was produced by Phil Davies in 1957, the second by Ray Mansfield in 1964 which was then revised by Ray in 1977. This edition is based largely upon the third edition (1991) compiled by Michael McDonald and has been brought up to date using reports from the Cave Diving Group Newsletter and other published accounts, as well as contributions from individuals. The format of previous editions has been retained in that a historical synopsis of activities is presented using accounts of original exploration. For more major sites a description of each sump is also provided. Dive reports have been reproduced generally as originally published, although in some cases the text has been edited for brevity. The original units used by the authors (metric versus imperial) have been retained. Please bear in mind that the information contained herein may not be current or accurate. It is the nature of this type of document to become quickly outdated.
Michael McDonald and Duncan Price