Rules for Reservation Aven de Noël

Advice for Visit Bookings

You wish to visit Aven de Noël:

Please note the following rules, which we ask you to respect ;

  • The ARSPAN association monitors the conservation of the Aven de Noël.
  • It is authorised to do this and holds the key to the entrance.
  • Access is free of charge.
  • In order to book your visit:

- Check the on-line calendar (see below) to select a date for your visit.

- Send an email requesting the booking to: agenda@arspan.fr.

- To help protect the cave, visits are limited to two per week and a visiting group must not consist of more than eight persons.

- Following receipt your application, we will send you a written confirmation of your booking.

- If your chosen date has already been reserved, we will offer you an alternative.

- Please let us know if you have to cancel your visit, so that we can offer the date to another applicant.

- Written acceptance of your booking will be accompanied by a survey of the system, an equipment list, and advice concerning your visit (these are also available on our website).

- In advance of your visit we ask you to send us a list of participants, giving surnames, forenames, dates of birth and insurance details and if a member of FFS or not.

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Download the Reservation's Sheet

                                         

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- In all cases the priority of granting visits will depend on the order of receipt of applications.

  • Concerning your visit:

We remind you that the responsibility of A.R.S.P.A.N is limited to management of the entrances. Your visit will not be guided.

The visit will be entirely your own responsibility. Please also note that the cave is subject to a regional by-law ARR-2003-65-2 dated 06 March 2003, which requires that only electric lighting should be used.

Some parts of the cave are very large, so we advise you to come equipped with powerful lights.

We further ask you to observe a few simple principles associated with “ The cavers’ charter” adopted in June 2002 by the Fédération Française de Spéléologie (FFS):

1. In order to experience cave exploration safely and at its best, I will behave in a responsible manner; respecting the rights of the landowner(s); other people living nearby and other visitors. I will not get in the way of neighbours and will not park in the middle of roads and lanes.

2. I will observe rules concerning the cave and the local environment. In particular, I will observe all rules in force concerning lighting.

3. I will respect and protect the cave and its environs. Consequently, I will wear a clean oversuit and boots and will not deviate from any waymarked path under any circumstances. I will not leave rubbish in the cave or urinate in it.

4. I will inform the caving community of my discoveries and explorations and will inform A.R.S.P.A.N by means of a visit report.

5. I will respect the work of other cavers; notably their prior rights concerning discoveries and digs as well as their intellectual property rights concerning surveys and publications.

6. I will take precautions against the risks of an accident during cave exploration. I specifically note that access to the cave is via a pitch of 120m, which demands a certain level of experience and physical ability.

7. I will be aware of my own safety and that of others who are with me. I will therefore check the condition of all fixed aids before using them and will bring any defects to the attention of A.R.S.P.A.N., so that they can inform other visitors.

8. I will encourage the help and support of other cavers in these endeavours.

You will find a survey of the cave and an equipment list for the entrance pitch on our website

  • After your visit,

A visit report can be quickly completed and accessible online: access

Doing this will help us to update our statistics. Do let us have your comments. We wish you well with your visit preparations

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……..enjoy exploring l’Aven de Noël.

A.R.S.P.A.N.

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