SD4487 : Wakebarrow Pot entrance, Whitbarrow

taken 4 years ago, near to The Howe, Cumbria, Great Britain

Wakebarrow Pot entrance, Whitbarrow
Wakebarrow Pot entrance, Whitbarrow
There is little known cave development on Whitbarrow despite the considerable thickness of Carboniferous limestone available. This is the closest local equivalent to the deep systems of the nearby Yorkshire Dales. A small seepage stream sinks nearby and in wet weather reaches the restricted entrance. It was explored in 1964 by the Red Rose Cave & Pothole Club to a low crawl a few metres inside. This was extended in 1982 (by the Bishop Auckland Caving Club) through to 15m and 5m vertical pitches into a large chamber at a depth of 32m. So far, this seems to remain the limit despite the obvious potential for further depth. It isn't known if the water has been traced to link it with potential resurgences but obvious possible destinations are SD4387 : Fairies' Cave (Pool Bank Cave) or SD4484 : Beck Head rising. If I was still an active caver this would be an obvious target for 'pushing'.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 16 August, 2015   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 19 August, 2015
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Uplands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 4472 8700 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:16.5385N 2:51.0262W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 4472 8700
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Cave Entrance  Pothole  Stream Sink 

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