SD8279 : Foxhole No 4

taken 7 years ago, 4 km from High Birkwith, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Foxhole No 4
Foxhole No 4
As we walked alongside the forest fence we came across this unexpectedly large, open pothole swallowing a small bog stream. Just below Ali is a sheer drop of at least 10 metres next to a big rock bridge. A perusal of Northern Caves Vol 2 (Penyghent and Malham) (Dalesman Pub Co, 1982) at home revealed this to be the largest of five pots (the Foxholes, 'an interesting group of potholes in the Simonstone Limestone') which were discovered and explored by the Gritstone Club in 1923. This one extends for 55m reaching a depth of 15m. The water would appear to run north west and emerge at Poverty Gill Cave (SD 8167 7987) a drop of 40m and several hundred metres distant. Years ago this would have inspired me to return with digging gear and caving kit.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 7 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 8 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Uplands 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8209 7969 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:12.7577N 2:16.5672W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8208 7968
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Pothole  Moorland  Conifer Plantation 

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