Sunday 08 April 2018
10:00
Fell Close Caves - Meet leader needed

Several interesting Grade 1 –3 caves in the Alum Pot area with a variety of entrances and exits.

From Northern Caves

FELL CLOSE SOUTH CAVE NGR SD 773745 Grade III

Alt. 389m        Length 427m

Extended 1968 & 1990, ULSA.

A surprisingly well developed little cave with an amusing lower exit. Top entrance is hole in small shakehole 91m E of the P25 sink. Short drop onto boulders at start of 1m high crawl with pleasing formations. Short flat out section and pools are passed before second entrance is reached after 122m. Further easy crawling to third entrance beyond which is an oxbow followed by deepening canals separated by shingle banks. Upstream from entrance flat out crawl gets too low after 80m. Wet crawling to entry of P24a water which offers an exit, or crawling forward to narrow exit fissure in roof of bedding plane. A few metres distant is another fissure to the stream which can only be followed for 9m before being choked by shingle.

Permission, Gillgarth Farm, Selside.

FELL CLOSE NORTH CAVE NGR SD 771749 Grade II

Alt. 387m        Length 52m

Entrance fissure in grikes 30m SW of large spring. Crawl gradually gains height but ends abruptly in a sump which becomes very small after 2m.

Permission -Gillgarth Farm, Selside.

FELL CLOSE POTS     NGR SD 772748     Grade I

Alt. 387m Depth 3.6m Two climbable rifts 61m N of P26. From small chambers at base bedding planes lead off but become impassable after 3m or so.

Permission -Gillgarth Farm, Selside.

 

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