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 Been anywhere new?, Less frequently visited caves
Sally
Posted: Nov 6 2008, 02:10 PM


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I'd like to hear if you've been to one of the lesser visited caves and thought that other people might like to know about them too, either as a source of inspiration or as a warning to avoid them!

Here's one to get it started:

Wills Hole in South Wales

We called in here for a look around before going on our main caving trip. It's got a fairly interesting ladder climb near the start, then some slippy mud at a junction. From here there is a reasonable amount of passage you can wander along in either direction. Makes a good very lazy Sunday cave if you're sick of Porth yr Ogof.
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kayleigh
Posted: Nov 6 2008, 02:50 PM


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St dunstan's well nr fairy quarry.

As stated in mendip underground, this is only for slim cavers. Being a little rusty it took Rob and I a few minutes to prepare ourselves for the duck, but it was a fun little caving trip and the entrance is in a pretty location too.

Not so sure what the walkers who asked us for directions whilst we were mid changing thought was going on though.
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Sally
Posted: Nov 11 2008, 01:32 PM


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Asham Wood Cave (probably) somewhere on Mendip (possibly near Asham Wood!)

If you are prepared to go into the deepest, darkest depths of this cave then you might just require a light. Other specialist kit includes old trousers (cos I got mildly grubby knees). I can't think of much else to say other than don't bother visiting this over sized rabbit hole unless you happen to be driving past.
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kayleigh
Posted: Nov 12 2008, 09:53 PM


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Reservoir hole Cheddar

You need a leader, but this trip is well worth a visit.
You have cheddar gorge on the surface and a smaller inverted version underground.

Go and take a look.
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kayleigh
Posted: Nov 12 2008, 09:59 PM


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Welsh's Green Swallet nr Wells

This cave gives a rare chance to get covered head to toe in a lovely shade of grey mud. Apparently this is compensated by the selenite crystals - Christian and I didn't agree, you can see them elsewhere. However you do get to climb in an aven called Abyssinian Beaver Cheese - don't ask me who named that.

This cave is a collectors piece, you can go on your own!
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kayleigh
Posted: Jan 1 2009, 07:23 PM


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Ireby into Ireby II

Ok so it's only unusual because it's new and the connection hasn't been mentioned in descent yet.

Good trip, nice not very long pitches, some pretties and the novelty of entering what was the realm of divers until a few weeks ago.

Part of a very good few days in yorkshire. We did a Rift pot Long Kin East exchange and Notts II aswell.

All great fun.
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kayleigh
Posted: Jan 4 2009, 03:21 PM


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Llygad Llwchwr South Wales

Sally might also have something to say on this one.
A fun, easy little cave with 4 main river chambers connected by other passages. With the oportunity to get very wet if you decided to fall in the water biggrin.gif

Good fun, possibly worth a sunday bimble, especially with freshers.

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The Hon Treasurer
Posted: Jan 4 2009, 04:37 PM


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QUOTE (kayleigh @ Nov 12 2008, 09:53 PM)
Reservoir hole Cheddar

You need a leader, but this trip is well worth a visit.
You have cheddar gorge on the surface and a smaller inverted version underground.

Go and take a look.

We have leaders.
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Sally
Posted: Feb 6 2009, 04:00 PM


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Trat's Crack in Burrington

A rift that was sumped at the bottom.

Elephant's Hole or Boulder Shaft in Burrington

Short declining passage that meets a filled up rift. I noticed no boulder which I presume a cave called Boulder Shaft would have.

Goons Hole in Burrington

Out of the ones I've just listed then this is probably the only one worth a visit as it does go somewhere. It's also right by Lionels Hole so it's easy to find and you may as well pop in if you're going to Lionels. Only one for slim people who don't mind small spaces.
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The Hon Treasurer
Posted: Feb 7 2009, 02:36 PM


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QUOTE (Sally @ Feb 6 2009, 04:00 PM)
Goons Hole in Burrington

Out of the ones I've just listed then this is probably the only one worth a visit as it does go somewhere. It's also right by Lionels Hole so it's easy to find and you may as well pop in if you're going to Lionels. Only one for slim people who don't mind small spaces.

Dug by Mr & Mrs Moody so what do you expect? biggrin.gif
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kayleigh
Posted: Jun 30 2009, 07:45 PM


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otter hole There have been 2 trips in the last 2 weeks to this very pretty but also very muddy (near the entrance ) cave.
Our trip made it to the end and back between tides, which is apparently unusual.
Well worth a visit, but you have to book a trip and those starting at sociable hours get booked very early. We booked in october but still had to be changed and ready to go at 7.45am!!
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kayleigh
Posted: Jun 30 2009, 07:50 PM


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Black Shiver - Yorkshire.
Does what it says on the tin.
Good fun if slightly knackering - especially with tackle bags.
Discovered just how unfit I currently am.

On the plus side we didn't have the midges we had when changing after Penyghent the following day
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Sally
Posted: Jul 1 2009, 12:29 PM


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I think I've been booked on four Otter hole trips and this time I finally made it past the sump. Yay! Lovely trip and nothing intimidating, but you do want to be fit.
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kayleigh
Posted: Nov 12 2009, 07:56 PM


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Co fermanagh
I joined University College Dublin cavers (including UBSS own Ness) to explore my new local caving region.

Bruce's cave
A small cave, SRT entrance followed by a bit of an explore and then a crawl to exit halfway up a cliff and abseil down to the river. We also found a 3rd entrance so returned back in and prussiked out.

The shortness of the caves meant we all went back for a cooked lunch - wow!!

Prods pot
5 short and quite tight pitches, including a squeeze over a rock at the top of the 5th pitch. This rock had been rolled away by some English cavers only to be rolled back to re-create the sporting nature. After dropping the 5th pitch you end up in a streamway with lots of little side passages and plenty of pretties. At this point Ness was reminded of my love of mud as I headed up the smallest muddiest passage available followed by the 2 freshers, Ness and her boyfriend (who started the ensuing mud fight - someone had to). Prussiking back out into the freezing cold darkness we were ready for dinner.

p........ of the boats (I cant spell the irish name)
This is a wet cave!! After 2 bolder rukkles at the entrance, we climbed down into the streamway and started following it upstream. After a short distance we entered the 1st of 4 lakes which require swimming! You can bypass the 2nd lake (and we did) by going through the dry passages. Last time Ness and Lorenzo were there the water was much higher, so when I reached the final sump it was considerably further than they went before. By the time we turned around I was beginning to get a bit cold, if I hadnt had the neofleece I think hypothermia would have been a possibility.

All in all a good weekend.
Thank you to UCD
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The Hon Treasurer
Posted: Nov 20 2009, 10:29 AM


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Pollnagollum of the Boats, I think.

(As opposed to Polnagollum or even Poulnagollum)
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