Updated 19th November 2007; 3rd January 2008; 30th September, 18th November 2017
The site was originally discovered, excavated, explored and surveyed at Easter 1998.
The entrance couldn't be found in November or December 2007 and for another 8 years, despite a number of searches when visiting caves higher up the hillside. It was eventually refound in 2015 (as site 4114, 60m north of the original grid reference; a small cave with a dig 6m in) then recognized as Epiglottis when it was resurveyed and photographed in August 2017.
A 1m high and wide entrance leads after 6m of crawling to an excavated squeeze. This opens up in a larger passage with old gour pools. The passage then increases in height to over 3m. There are a couple of pools of water in the middle of the passage and excellent formations mostly along the right-hand wall. After 20m, this passage ends at a low crawl over flowstone which leads to a calcite slope up and then down again to a choke with little potential for digging. At the start of the bigger passage, a route on the right turns back towards the surface and chokes.
In the 19 years since the cave was first explored how did the first squeeze get to look as if no one had ever forced their way through it? And how had their footprints got so faint? After we'd been up and down the passage a couple of times, we'd left some very obvious footprints. Let's hope the cave recovers from our visit in the same way.
[Description: Peter Smith]
Reference: anon., 1998a (Easter logbook); anon., 2007e (autumn
logbook); anon., 2007f (Christmas logbook); anon., 2017c (summer logbook)
Entrance picture: August 2017
Underground picture(s): August 2017
Detailed survey: Easter 1998 : August 2017
On area survey:
Survex file: August 2017 (Amended magnetic declination December 2013 to align with Eur79 grid and coordinates altered to fit ETRS89 datum, April 2014.)