Right, I just had confirmation back from Gibraltar Museum for a tour on 8th September. Happy World Heritage Site Day!
It comes with this warning though (as previously stated) and various conditions, I'm posing the whole thing here just so everyone is clear on the conditions. [emphasis below is mine]
September 8th is ok, BUT
you all need to be aware that we may have to cancel if the weather is bad (or has been on the previous two days)
for safety; or if there are MOD (UK Ministry of Defence
) activities in the area which we may not know about until close to the date. I cannot absolutely guarantee access, so there is a risk which your group needs to understand
We can take a maximum of 18 people
, preferably 15 (must be over 12 years
) on any one trip, as there are restrictions on numbers on site. There will be two guides. I will need full names and passport numbers at least 48hrs in advance
, so I can clear attendees with the MOD.
We will supply hard hats or scurions, and health & safety is of paramount importance. The site is difficult to access
, isn't suitable for anyone with vertigo or less mobility. Good stout walking shoes or boots are recommended, plus water and a backpack to carry items so hands are free for the descent. You will also need to sign indemnity forms.
I think that's it. As long as everyone understands that access is not 100% certain because of factors outside our control
I think we are roughly approaching the maximum numbers for a single tour, so depending on how things go I may have to go back and see if two tours are possible (It was mentioned earlier in our communication). But also there may be some people attending that wouldn't be going down into the cave (e.g. either myself or Mrs Meltwaterfalls will be on babysitting duties) so numbers may not be quite as tight.