Updated 19th February 1999; 16th September 2000; 27th October 2001; 5th May 2002; 9th November 2003; 9th October 2004; 1st October 2007; 21st December 2008; 1st February 2011; 26th September 2015
A small entrance lies 10m to the west
of an obvious goat shelter
(site 2682) at the head of a small wooded valley,
just above Cueva del Haya (178). The hole drops onto
a slope down into a chamber. Some mixed
pottery pieces have been found on
the left of the slope which are classed as Bronze Age, Romano-indigenous
and medieval. These pieces are discussed in Ruiz Cobo Jesús and
Smith Peter et al, 2001 and mentioned in Ruiz Cobo Jesús et
al, 2008, p209. On the right, parallel passages soon choke. In 2007,
beyond the pools down to the right, a ramp "leading up above the low bit"
was noted. Has this been explored?
A second entrance lies closer to the goat pen.
Description (updated summer 2015, Peter Smith)
At the end of the entrance chamber a squeeze enters a well decorated room with a nice gour floor. A climb of 4m up flowstone leads to a large chamber with a loose slope to the head of a shaft. By scrambling around the top, a large passage is reached. To the north east, a well decorated tunnel passes a blind 10m pitch and ends after 120m very close to the surface. To the southwest, a decorated passage becomes smaller until a squeeze onto the head of a greasy, sloping 50m pitch that connects with the shaft in the chamber. This is broken by ledges and ends on boulders which slope down to a dismal sump at valley level.
References: Corrin J S and Smith P, 1981; Smith P, 1981b (survey
and photo); anon., 1981 (logbook); Corrin J et al, 1981a; Corrin J, 1981;
Corrin J, 1983c; Ortiz N, 1982 (survey); material in file; anon., 1998c
(Christmas logbook); Smith Peter and Ruiz Cobo Jesús, 1999; Ruiz Cobo Jesús and Smith Peter et al, 2001 (includes
drawing of pottery); anon., 2007d (summer logbook); Ruiz Cobo Jesús
et al, 2008 (survey)
Entrance picture : yes
Underground picture(s): 1999? : 2015
Video: Easter 2010 : wmv (7Mb) or mpg (58Mb)
Detailed Survey : from 1981: low res high res
Line Survey :
On area survey :
Survex file : yes : download South Vega System (Coordinates altered to fit ETRS89 datum, April 2014.)
Passage direction rose diagram: 30/6/2018