Updated 3rd October 2008; 18th September, 1st October 2013
This cave was eventually re-found in 2008 one valley to the northwest of it's supposed position but it is unsure whether this was the original cave. There are several holes in the right bank. A hole down valley but slightly higher was explored in 2013 and eventually linked to the 2008 cave. All entrances draught out very strongly at times.
The down valley entrance leads to a low phreatic maze with passages roughly between 0.3 and 1.5 metres high and soft soil floors providing a desirable residence for the more discerning badger or fox: there is evidence of both.
Taking second left at the first chamber leads to Apricot Chamber which has a draughting rift in the floor. An enlarged hole in the rift leads to a passage which gets too tight in one direction but widens and then ascends to a large chamber just inside the up-valley entrances. On the entrance side of the chamber a passage descends and eventually becomes too tight. It is almost certain that this leads to a small draughting entrance immediately below the down-valley entrance.
A full description of the site would require more words than its importance warrants! Total length, including most of the 'wrinkles', is 286 metres. The source of the strong draught could not be found.
Nearby, or possibly in the 'original' valley, is un-numbered Beef Surprise Pot which needs descending.
Reference: anon., 1995a (Easter logbook); anon., 1995b (Whit
logbook); anon., 2008e (summer logbook); anon., 2009a (Easter logbook); anon., 2013d (summer logbook)
Entrance pictures : yes
Underground pictures: Easter 2009 : surveying, summer 2013
Detailed Survey : pdf (summer 2013)
Line Survey :
On area survey :
Survex file : yes (summer 2013) (Amended magnetic declination December 2013 to align with Eur79 grid and coordinates altered to fit ETRS89 datum, April 2014.)