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Dowkabottom Cave

Dowkabottom Cave Sunday, 30 March 2014 For the 4th caving trip in one week, I decided on Dowkabottom Cave which i’d not visited before and which provided a great couple of hours caving. The walk-in was really pleasant in the summer-y weather and beautiful surroundings and once underground a fine large passage was followed to […]

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Cliff Force Cave

Cliff Force Cave Saturday, 6 October 2012 It having been at least 12 years since my last and only trip in here, you know what…..I fancied another visit!!! After entering the cave, infrequent flashbacks of reading the description an hour earlier ensured we made it through the entrance series and into the main streamway. A […]

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Newby Moss Cave

Newby Moss Cave Sunday, 27 November 2011 Had been wanting to have a look down this for a while. Newby Moss Cave is a relatively new pothole up near Hurnell Moss Pot which was pushed to a depth of around 120m by the YRC a few years back. Having only the article in Descent 185 […]

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Dale Barn Cave

Dale Barn Cave Saturday, 12 November 2011 Stuck for something to do I decided to do a trip into the further reaches of Dale Barn via Illusion – a trip i’d quite fancied doing for a while. Steady progress down through illusion and along the brunel rift traverse soon saw me at the muddy slope […]

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Brown Hill Pot

Brown Hill Pot Thursday, 6 October 2011 Another highly enjoyable trip down this gem of a cave – it really has everything – a narrow but straightforward entrance series, route-finding and traversing in a high rift, the spectacular big pitch – Puits Ian Plant, and a short section of easy streamway to the final pitch […]

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Yockenthwaite Pot

Yockenthwaite Pot Saturday, 24 September 2011 Supposed to be a strans gill trip but still above-normal water levels and threatening weather/rain on walk up meant only a recce of the entrance series for Patrick, Simon and Andy before wandering over to Yockenthwaite Pot to round off the day. Upon arrival, disturbed a couple of owls […]

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Strangle Pot (aka the poo pit)

Strangle Pot (aka the poo pit) Saturday, 11 June 2011 5.5hr trip down this seldom visited pothole located on fountains fell and also one of the trips that features in the excellent ‘Not for the Faint Hearted’ guidebook. It was extended back in 95 by the NPC and is now some 450m long and 160m […]

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Aygill Caverns

Aygill Caverns Sunday, 5 June 2011 Pleasant afternoon trip down Aygill Caverns visiting the downstream sump before heading up the waterfall series to check out a sump, and heading up the new year series on the way out. A cracking little streamway, plus some big passage at the end of the new year series make […]

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Penyghent Pot

Penyghent Pot Saturday, 7 May 2011 Jason and I, plus Rick Stanton had a quick trip down on thursday evening to rig all the pitches and carry some gear in ready for a push dive. Water levels were very low, and the sump looking continental. 4hr trip with 30mins spent at sump fettling kit. Andy […]

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Craftsmans Pot: The re-opening

Craftsmans Pot: The re-opening Saturday, 12 February 2011 After an embarassingly long spell away from craftsmans, 5 day trips during the last week and a half (3 solo, one with my dad, and a final one with Tom baker) has seen the cave re-opened and a new entrance, a ~5-6 m scaffolded shaft in the […]