Details on Excalibur can be found in the projects pages
To read a full description in the journal or buy a survey visit the Yorkies shop site.
Access to Excalibur is controlled via a CNCC permit system.

Any BCA-registered caving club can apply for a permit to visit the cave, and short notice requests can usually be accommodated. The need to control access derives from the cave being on a private shooting estate, which is also agriculturally active. Details of the access conditions and contact details for requesting a permit can be found on the CNCC website.

Wrelton Hole

Moorland Caver (2003)

Noted by Raymond Hayes: “A similar hole (i.e similar to the hole found at Swinsty Farm (q.v)) was reported from Wrelton (3 miles west of Pickering). This was filled up with thorns and rubbish, by a farmer, who had a horse almost engulfed in it many years ago. There was a short passage from the bottom. The hole was about the same dimensions as that at Pickering.”

The Well

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.

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

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


Swinsty Farm Hole (Swainsea)

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

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

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

Northern Caves Volume 5 (1974)

Spaunton Cave

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 …”

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

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.


Shaws Gill Hole / Shaws Gill Rift

Moorland Caver (2003)

NGR: SE 531818
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.

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


NGR: SE 532819
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.

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