Mendip Bunkhouse, Cerberus Spelaeological, Larkshall, Fosse Rd. Oakhill, Somerset, BA3 5HY

Call them on 08454 750954


Larkshall (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 two 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 bookings 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 3 rooms (plus camping).
  • Open:

    All year. All day.
  • Price per night:

    £8pp. Minimum charge of £15 pp per stay. Enquire for prices for sole use of a bunkroom or the whole bunkhouse.
  • Booking:

    Advisable. Email preferred, deposit required. Availability on website. Key available by prior arrangement. Sole use bookings only 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 Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is available to individuals, has a pub within walking distance and is on the The Land's End Trail & Mary Michael Pilgrim's Way Map, the IHUK signage page and the Hostels with Camping map.


aMixed dormitories
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
vWithin 5 miles of NCN


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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.


Mendip Bunkhouse - The West Mendip Way

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.




Explore under the Mendip Hills

December 15th 2016

The largest underground cave network in the UK.

The Mendip Hills has the largest underground cave network in the UK and Mendip Bunkhouse, headquarters of the Cerberus Spelaeological Society, provides ideal accommodation for a caving trip.   Beneath the Mendip Hills is a labyrinth of passages and caverns.  Including Rhino Rift at Charterhouse, St Cuthbert’s Swallet at Priddy and Rod’s Pot, Bath Swallet and Sidcot Swallet at Burrington.

Crawl, walk, climb and splash through subterranean caverns and return to the bunkhouse for the home comforts with a kitchen/dining room, large lounge, showers and changing facilities.  Welcomes groups from 1 to 31.

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