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Operation Blast Hole - Exhilarating abseiling and survival one day experience with Green Man Survival

  • Location Hodge Close Quarry
  • Price from £70.00


Abseil into a huge disused quarry down slate faces that were blasted with explosives to give sheer rock faces with zero hand holds, go deep underground through a flooded cavern towards the light of day and rescue, build your emergency shelter, light your fire and survive against all odds.

Armed with our new survival knowledge, we will have the opportunity to round off our day with an exploration of the spectacular Cathedral Cave, accessing it via one of the longest tunnels where we can discover hidden caverns in the pitch black. This will be a day to remember - never surrender!

Join us for our most exhilarating experience to date, Operation Blast Hole is all about stepping outside your comfort zone and taking the plunge, quite literally! 

You will be guided by our expert instructor in the below areas - 
  • Learn how to abseil 
  • Tie knots and rig your ropes 
  • Fire lighting with only sparks and a knife 
  • Emergency shelter building 
  • Tree & plant identification
  • Water purification
  • Navigation
  • Cave exploration

Come prepared to get wet, muddy, tested and exhilarated!


All our experiences are offered on a private booking basis for you and your group, and you have complete flexibility to choose your own date for your experience. The minimum requirement is two adult tickets when booking this private activity.

Please see the single day kit list for necessary equipment. We also recommend a full change of clothes and footwear for a comfortable (dry!) journey home.

For any enquiries, get in touch with Green Man Survival on 07946 841 772 or email

Please note this experience is only available April through September. 

See more: Operation Blast Hole Photo Blog here

Duration: Full day (09:00 - 16:00 approx)
Challenge Level: 3/5
Maximum No: 4 people
Suggested Min Age: 12 yrs

Make this experience your own: Send Enquiry


    What's included

  • Equipment

    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing
  • Waterproofs
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Other Full change of dry clothes


Custom Policy

All bookings made are non-refundable. If you have to cancel your booking, you will forfeit your payment made to Green Man Survival. A booking may be rearranged at the discretion of Green Man Survival – contact us in writing to discuss this. No refunds are given if the client does not show up on the day for any reason. In the event that Green Man Survival are forced to cancel your booking due to circumstances beyond our control, we will contact you to rearrange your booking, or issue a full refund of your monies paid to Green Man Survival.

There will be no further compensation offered. Green Man Survival cannot be held liable for any additional costs incurred as a result of cancellation and as such it is highly recommended that you take out suitable insurance to cover cancellation, any personal accident and liability or loss/damage to personal belongings.


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