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The Well

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Moorland Caver (2003)

NGR: SE 709873
Altitude: 50m
Length: 20m (explored)
Depth; 6m
Access: Ravenswick Estate
Grade: V
Entertainment Value: V

Located in the river Dove at the bottom of a field approximately 400m off the Keldholme to Hutton-Le-Hole road, almost directly bellow the quarry.
The entrance is covered with planks (replace) near the riverbank.
The Well shaft is stone lined and scaffolded down to the water level (-3m in the summer).
Dive -2m down, feet first, to a tight and awkward constriction, which might require a medium, sized diver to dekitt and a large diver to dive somewhere else. Once through the constriction, and heading down stream 2m, the narrow and as yet un-dived upstream passage is passed. Continuing downstream the passage assumes the ample proportions of 1m high and 2-3m wide for the next 20m and would have gone further if the diver hadn‘t been over come with brown fear.
This site is about 1km upstream and 10m higher than the entrance to Bogg Hall Rising and offers the potential for an awesome through trip and maybe some dry passage for a skinny double hard diver.

History
Examined by R. Wilsdon and N. Hannon in 1983, the good Mr Wilsdon noting at the time “There is no future there” – nice one Richard!
Pushed to present limit by J. Gibbs and S.C.C. members in the summer of 2000.

 

 

Extract From SCC Newsletter 20/12/1998

Written By R Wilsdon

Jerry has accumulated scaffolding tube, clamps and is keen to shore up the walls of the Well. Preliminary inspection of the Well by Gerry last summer revealed an underwater chamber that was big enough to sit up in. Andy and I had a look the following week. We didn’t find the chamber but were able to work our way down to the horizontal by backing along into the rift and were then able to see into a bedding plane. This carried a gentle current of clear water on the upstream side, with afew feet of bedding visible.

Troutsdale Windypit

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Moorland Caver (2003)

NGR: SE 929879
Altitude: 220m
Length: 2.5m
Depth: 10m

During logging operations, a forestry tractor wheel broke into the rift, unfortunately, due to its location in the track, the hole had to be quickly surveyed and filled in. Whilst surveying, a farmer informed us of another hole that had opened up some years previously. It was 50m further along the track, along the same fault line and had been much larger. It was filled in at the time of discovery and sadly, no records were taken however this area could repay more attention and reveal its secrets. It is obviously much larger

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Swinsty Farm Hole (Swainsea)

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Moorland Caver (2003)
Examined by Raymond Hayes in 1943: “I was shown a peculiar hole in a field at Swinsty Farm 1 mile NW of Pickering. It was a circular pit about 12 or 15 feet wide and 10 feet deep. Passages leading off were blocked by earth. I was told it was an old watercourse and someone had explored one of the three passages but had to return because of foul air. The district is on rising limestone ground and to the east are extensive quarries which we examined for caves and found none.”

Sutherbruff Rigg

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Moorland Caver (2003)

NGR: SE 860867
Altitude: 155m
Depth: 18m
Access: Forestry Commission
Grade: I
Entertainment Value: II

Located in woods near forest track, entrance is 2m x 0.5m slot with fence around. Climb down 3m into narrowing rift which drops steeply to a “T” junction, soon after all passages become too tight

History
Explored by B.A.C.C. in 1972

Northern Caves Volume 5 (1974)
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Spaunton Cave

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Moorland Caver (2003)
Altitude: 130m
Length: Circa 21 m
Access: Recent attempts to regain access to this cave have not proved successful. Please do not approach the farmer on whose land the cave lies as this could compromise any future access.

The cave was explored and described by Paul Fitton in 1948/9. As this cave has not been accessible or, indeed, open since the late 1940s (when the entrance was back-filled) it is worthwhile to record Fittons description in full:
“The entrance shaft descends through 6 feet of loose earth and gives the impression that it is party (sic) of a much larger rocky opening which has become completely blocked by soil. The floor is composed of sandy clay, which has evidently run in from the entrance, and a certain amount of excavation was necessary before the original explorers could follow the passage. The roof is a flat bed of limestone and shows little trace of water action. The cave comes to an end in a constricted passage, which is completely blocked by a fall of roof.
It seems possible that excavation might reveal a continuation of the passage on the opposite side of the entrance shaft.
The cave is very reminiscent of Kirkdale, Fadmoor and other caves in the area …”

History
Entrance collapsed under the weight of a farm trailer in September 1948. The cave was explored and surveyed on 7.11.1948 by R. Hayes, J. Bridge and E.P Fitton.

Sinnington Caves

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Moorland Caver (2003)

NGR: SE 744867
Altitude: 60m
Length: 5m
Access: No known restrictions
Grade: I
Entertainment Value: I

Caution, Cave 2. has been frequented by Foxes.

From Sinnington village keep to the right of the river Seven until an open field is reached. The caves lie in cliff under Hunter Hill.
The two short uninspiring caves end in small fissures after 5m and have no obvious ways on.

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Shaws Gill Hole / Shaws Gill Rift

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Moorland Caver (2003)

NGR: SE 531818
Altitude:200m
Depth: 8m
Access: Forestry Commission
Grade: II
Entertainment Value: I

Small hole in depression on the right of the track 200m down from the gate. Drops down and squeezes back under entrance. Sharp right turn (best negotiated head first) slides into lower chamber with vocal link to the surface on the right. The way on is a draughting rift under two jammed boulders on the left but there isn’t an easy way to break through as the two boulders support some of the roof slabs.

History
Found by S.C.C./M.S.G. in April 2003 whilst looking for Hayes Hole

SHAW’S GILL RIFT

NGR: SE 532819
Altitude:220m
Length: 4m
Access: No known restrictions
Grade: I
Entertainment value: II

Small rift entrance in a small cliff on right side of track 100m down from the gate, almost opposite Hayes hole. A nice sized entrance degenerates into a very small rift turning acute right after only 1.5m and ending in boulder ruckle 2m after the turn.
If your chest is bigger than 17cm then this isn’t for you.

History
Found by S.C.C./M.S.G. in April 2003 whilst looking for Hayes Hole.

Scarborough Castle Rift

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Moorland Caver (2003)

NGR: TA 047891
Altitude: 55m
Length: 5m
Access: No known restrictions
Grade: I
Entertainment Value: III (if you include the view)

On the North side of the headland about 100m past the arch, which was once part of the castle drawbridge, is an obvious fracture heading into the cliff. This can be entered for 5m and can be seen to go much further although very narrow.
On the South side of the headland, the same fracture can be seen but at only 10cm wide, it can’t be entered.
The road around the headland is currently (2003) being under pinned and protected with rock armour to prevent it from falling into the sea. If this fails, we might see movement along this fracture followed by the collapse of the castle and a lot of unwanted post cards.

Oxendale Fissure / Not Oxendale Windypit

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Moorland Caver (2003)

NGR: SE 564865
Altitude: 160m
Access: Mr. Ivan Holmes, Tylas Farm
Approach either along the footpath above Oxendale leading from Old Byland Road or along the bridleway which runs beside the River Rye and leads to the bottom end of Oxendale. Both holes lie in the obvious crag. In addition the crag contains other, shorter fissures, which might repay further examination.

OXENDALE FISSURE
Length: 12 m
Entertainment value: I

Obvious “Roulston Scar type” fissure whose entrance is partially blocked by a dry stonewall.

History
Known locally, first noted by an S.C.C. /A.C.C. team in February 1999.

NOT OXENDALE WINDYPIT
Length: 15 m
Depth: 6 m
Grade: II
Entertainment value: II

Warning: Beware loose rock and broken glass in the entrance.

This rather short interesting hole is not easy to find: To the west of Oxendale Fissure lies a rubbish heap, 5 m beyond you come to an open fissure with a tree growing in the entrance. Follow this fissure until a rather grotty, unstable looking hole is found at the foot of a climb.

Drop down through the hole, Straight ahead is a short, flat out crawl under a poised boulder leading into a constricted boulder chamber with no way on. To the right one enters a low, roomy bedding type chamber with a
narrow rift along the south wall. Drop into the rift at the widest point and on into a small chamber. In the floor of the chamber is a very narrow rift. A tight squeeze down through the rift (larger cavers will experience major problems here, especially on the return) opens into a roomy chamber 4.5 m long and up to 7.5 m high. For those too fat to get back up the rift there is a rather sneaky back door: Climb up into the roof of the chamber at its highest point where a letterbox opens up onto the cliff face, an easy climb brings one back down to terra firma.

History
Discovered and dug by a joint S.C.C./ A.C.C. team between February and March 1999. The rather odd name resulted from heated discussions between two of the original explorers; one of whom wanted to call it Oxendale Windypit, the other didn’t. “Not Oxendale Windypit” emerged as something of a compromise!
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