Updated 4th November 2006; 9th October 2007; 11th March 2009; 11th February 2016
The draughting entrance lies 10m off a mucky track below a flat, grass-roofed water reservoir. A dry valley leads through dense brambles to a low wide entrance. A short crawl leads into a chamber with formations and tree roots. Another low crawl leads off onto a slope down into a large, open passage up to 6m high.
The site was revisited in 2006 and the choke at the end was dug with no success. The first passage on the left near the base of the slope - a roof traverse over a narrow slot - was also re-explored and a narrow route down (needing a ladder) to a visible continuation was dropped to a tight bend. The passage needs excavating to reach an undercut into mud-floored passage. Some work was carried out here in 2007 (not in the logbook).
At the base of the first slope a small stream crosses. It has washed bones out of the sediments. A large femur was tentatively identified as from a badger. (TW)
This site was almost certainly discovered on August 3rd 1978. A log book account reads: "...cool part of the path where an open cave had been cleared..." "A short crawl leads into a low bedding with silted floor, short low crawl in corner leads to echoing blackness. Descend calcite ramp into 20ft high passage which chokes after about 120ft. Side passage is very boring and soon gets too awkward to be bothered with. Not much fun really."
Reference: anon., 1978 (logbook); anon., 2004b (Easter logbook); anon., 2006d (summer
2006); Corrin Juan, 2007a; anon., 2016a (January / February logbook)
Entrance pictures: yes
Underground picture(s): yes
Video: 3 minute video: low res (7Mb) higher res (25Mb)
Detailed Survey : 1:500 pdf
On area survey:
Survex file: stand alone (Amended magnetic declination December 2013 to align with Eur79 grid and coordinates altered to fit ETRS89 datum, April 2014.)
on file with nearby caves