Grid Ref : SD 70140 73524
Alt : 190 m
Length : 22 m
Location : just below the notable path that runs from the road and NW down across the common.
Notes / Warnings : in wet weather the cave acts as a flood rising for (presumably) Bean Pot water and the end of the cave will be sumped.
Originally found and looked at in the 70s, explored for about 12m and soon forgotten about. By 2002 the entrance was found to be full of rubbish and the cap had collapsed leaving an open hole.
Work started to clear this and push the cave beyond the previous limit, it was during this work and after having lowered the level of sand, that the cave was found to be a flood overflow, probably for the Bean Pot water.
The first dig outside the cave as on 1st June 2002, with Ged Dodd and Duncan Jones testing the depth of the sand.
On the 6th August 2002 the rubbish was cleared and the cave finally re-entered. The following week access was made easier and more sand cleared out of the cave.
On the 20th August the flat out crawl was pushed to a point where the passage swung right and downhill.
Unfortunately this entire section of cave was full to within a few inches of the roof and a long session of digging commenced.
We had a string of different people turning up and helping, some only once! The fill was removed and the final slope (as seen in the picture) was revealed.
At one point, near the corner, we dug down deep enough to make the cave standing height - we were in a large passage.
By the time March 2003 arrived we had undertaken somewhere in the region of 30 trips to the cave. It was reopened, cleared of rubbish, the original (shaft) entrance was capped and the cave extended. The photo to the right shows the current dig face.
A simple survey was drawn up and the cave left. Since then about half a dozen trips have taken place with minor digging, pushing the cave to an eventual length of 22 m. Interest has waned as we assume it is heading to Bean Pot, which is about 200 m away and would be a very long project clearing the fill all that way!
There is a plan to remove the wooden boards and the drag tray, at some point and let nature take over (a visit in 2013 shows calcite forming on the sand, so nature is already reclaiming the cave!)