Moorland Caver (2003)
NGR: SE 555868
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Two slip rifts on the South side of Caydale.
1. CAYDALE HOLE
(A.k.a Birk Bank Fissure, Dog Rescue Fissure)
Two entrances at foot of the main scar. Climb down in rifts into wider rift chamber.
The fissure was discovered during 1952 when a dog fell down it. The dog was dug out by J.N. Grayson and local Quarrymen, the whole operation taking five days. Apart from the dog, the fissure also yielded archaeological / human remains. Williams, in “Ampleforth Country”, notes Caydale Hole in his list of eleven windypits known to Ampleforth Students; presumably this is one and the same hole. Despite the fact that the hole was mentioned in “Ampleforth Country” it effectively remained lost for a number of years until rediscovered by the M.S.G. in February 1981.
2. SHELOB’S LAIR
Opposite Caydale Hole in South face of slumped block below the main scar.
Two entrances with narrow rift in between. In West entrance is a sloping passage leading to a small chamber.
Discovered by the M.S.G. at the same time as Caydale Hole (see above) was rediscovered.