Yorkshire cave areas: Easegill system
The Easegill system is the largest system in Britain, with over
70km of passage. It links the previously separate systems of Lancaster,
The most popular entrances into the system are
- Lancaster Hole, a single 33 metre drop
- Pippikin, a tortuous but fascinating series of passages and pitches
- Link, a short shaft, tight at the top
- Mistral, an easy entrance in the valley, useful as an exit for the weary!
- County Pot, a rift entrance with one pitch which is worth a single ladder
- Wretched Rabbit Passage, a lovely winding rift with some short climbable
- Cow Pot, a scenic entrance shaft, and impressive drop into Fall Pot by
three routes, Sneaky, Direct or Devious
- Pool Sink
- Top Sink
- Bull Pot of the Witches
A short distance from the bottom of Lancaster Hole are the Collonades,
some columns stretching from ceiling to floor. Back in the early 1960s
one was climbed and broken and had to be repaired with a bit of glue!
Around the corner is the main drain, a large stream passage, with the
inevitable terminal sump.
There are also large rubble- or mud-filled chambers, and tight twisty
passages, making trips into Easegill rewarding although difficult for
The Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club have a hypertext guide to the
Easegill and Three Counties system.
The World of Wonder contains
describing trips into Easegill.
John Gardner has some
articles describing routes through Easegill
plus Goyden Pot.
See also the Exeter Speleothem Research Group Database which describes a study of speleothem luminescence in samples from Lancaster Hole.
A permit is required. Negotiations are currently under way with the landowner
regarding paths, permits and fees. All entrances must be accessed by
crossing the stile and following the wall to Cow Pot. From there walk across
to Lancaster Hole and thence to the beck. Follow the beck upstream for
access to County etc.
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