Mendip Bunkhouse, Cerberus Spelaeological Society, Larkshall, Fosse Rd. Oakhill, Somerset, BA3 5HY
Call them on 08454 750954
OverviewLarkshall (Mendip Bunkhouse) is the Cerberus Spelaeological Society's headquarters and offers excellent modern facilities. As well as for members it is available for use by guest individuals or groups wanting accommodation on Mendip. It makes an ideal base for caving as well as many other outdoor activities including walking, cycling, climbing and diving at the Vobster Quay Inland Diving Centre, which is very close by. It is also a good base for anyone wanting to explore the Somerset countryside and within very easy reach are the famous tourist attractions of Wells, Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge & caves and the city of Bath. The accommodation provides all the home comforts with a large kitchen, dining room, large lounge, drying room, showers and changing facilities. For anyone so inclined the central corridor can be traversed using the climbing holds fitted along the wall. There are four guest communal bunkrooms, with ample space to sleep large groups in comfort. For those that prefer, it is possible to camp. There is a large car park. Access available for 24 hours from 6pm on first day. Key available by prior arrangement. Sole use booking of bunkrooms only by arrangement. This accommodation is featured on our map of Devon, Cornwall and the West Country and here is its own website.
Rooms & Beds:30+ in 4 rooms (plus camping).
Open:All year. All day.
Price per night:£10 + 50% for single nights. Minimum of 2 nights at weekends. Enquire for sole use of a bunkroom. Discounts for BMC or BCA members.
Booking:Advisable. Email preferred, deposit required. Availability on website. Key available by prior arrangement. Sole use booking of bunkrooms possible by arrangement.
Directions:Larkshall is 4 miles north of Shepton Mallet and 15 miles south of Bath off the A367. At the crossroads in Oakhill take road to Stoke St Michael. Larkshall is about one mile from Oakhill on the right (ST 6505 4720).
Public Transport:There is a bus stop near the crossroads in Oakhill on the A367. Taxis are available in Shepton Mallet, Wells and Frome
Walks:Long Distance Walks
This accommodation is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the The Land's End Trail & Mary Michael Pilgrim's Way Map, the IHUK signage page and the Hostels with Camping map.
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Mendip Bunkhouse Refurbishment
June 27th 2019
Mendip Bunkhouse is being considerably extended to provide greatly improved the facilities for members and guests.
Following a major flood in 2018 necessitating a lot of work to get the Bunkhouse back in operation it was decided to take the opportunity to considerably extend the property and greatly improve the facilities for members and guests.
The works have involved the replacement of the roof effectively creating a second story, and building into the very large space created, four bunk rooms of varying sizes plus the inclusion of two toilets and washing facilities. On the ground floor, one additional bunk room was retained and this can be used by physically challenged visitors if climbing stairs is an issue. Due to the freeing up of other space, the work has enabled us to provide a separate dining room and a drying room for walkers, divers, cavers and climbers to dry their wet kit after enjoying their favorite pursuits. The kitchen has been completely refurbished. The works have also enabled the provision of a greatly extended library and an equipment store for use by members of the Society.
As the Society is run by volunteers progress has been slow at times, but work is nearing completion.
So far, most visitors have been very impressed.
Stretch your legs along The West Mendip Way!
September 27th 2018
Fill your eyes with panoramic views as you explore The West Mendip Way!
Mendip Bunkhouse is a great base for this 25 mile route above the Somerset Levels.
The West Mendip Way is a 25 mile walk along the ridge of the Mendips from Wells, 6 miles from Mendip Bunkhouse, to Uphill, near Weston Super Mare. Although they are only small hills, the Mendips are set in the Somerset levels and this walk offers constant views stretching to the horizon in all directions. The walk starts at Wells famous for Wells Cathedral and passes through Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole.
Sounds terrifying, actually lovely.
August 28th 2017
Prime cave country
Cerberus Spelaeological Society’s headquarters is a bunkhouse in the Mendip Hills.
Cerberus is the mythical three-headed dog guarding the entrance to the underoworld. Not to stop anyone getting in, but to stop the dead from coming out!
A terrifying name to adopt for a caving society especially one who go out of their way to encourage people to experience the adventure and wonder of caving. The Mendips, like Derbyshire’s White Peak and The Yorkshire Dales, is limestone. Prime cave country. It houses one of the largest networks of caves in Britain with intriguing names like Fairy Cave, Shatter Cave, Goatchurch Cave or Rhino Rift. The good folk of Cerberus Speleological can provide advice, guidance and leaders to explore it if needed.
Their modern and comfortable accommodation offers everything you’d expect from a bunkhouse and also a long corridor with an indoor traverse along its whole length!
Close by and above ground are the famous and beautiful attractions of Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole and the scenery of The Mendips as well as the historic cities of Bath and Wells.