Yorkshire cave areas: North Ingleborough
The Northern slopes of Ingleborough contain many pot-holes, most of which
are still very active. This area receives much rainfall as it is the first
major rising of the land from the west coast, and as the run-off can approach
100% the resulting flood pulses can be rapid and dangerous. However great
trips can be had, including
- Tatham Wife Hole,
a pleasant combination of short pitches interspersed
with short climbs but a disappointing crawl to a sump at the bottom. A
notable feature is the ramp, a climbable, hading rift which can become
impassable during heavy rain.
- Black Shiver Pot, named after the Black Shiver Moss area. The main 82
metre shaft is oppressively black and gloomy, and the bottom is very draughty
and cold, thus giving another meaning to the name. Still, a fine trip,
and even the cold, wet crawl through Black Dub [surely Dub means black? -Ed]
seems fun looking back afterwards.
- Meregill Hole, technically demanding but very rewarding.
- Sunset Hole.
- Braithwaite Wife Hole, a huge shakehole.
- Quaking Pot, one of the most strenuous pots. Negotiating the tight
rifts can be very strenuous, especially when carry tackle for the many pitches.
Permission is not normally required for these pots, as long as you keep to
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