Adventures Underground

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A journey of exploration through the caves of the Yorkshire Dales, by Dave Haigh and John Cordingley.

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IN 1952 Underground Adventure by Arthur Gemmell and Jack Myers brought stories of exploration in the caves of the Yorkshire Dales to the reading public. Now, inspired by those classic tales, two new authors – Dave Haigh and John Cordingley – continue the theme into modern times, bringing to life the dedication, ingenuity and sheer hard work needed to break new ground, often in desperately difficult circumstances, yet blend their narrative with the outrageous humour known only to cavers. They have captured the thrill of exploration that arises when a project finally begins to reveal its secrets, such as penetrating further in Gaping Gill, diving beneath Malham Cove and discovering caves that were unknown in the 1950s.

Adventures Underground will be enjoyed by everyone with an interest in the outdoors and in how adversity and challenge can be overcome. All royalties from sales of this book will be donated equally between the authors’ chosen charities: cave rescue and Macmillan Cancer Support.

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The hardback edition is a limited binding with marker ribbon, head and tail bands, cloth covered cover and paper dustjacket. The softback edition has a laminated card cover.
  • Author: Dave Haigh and John Cordingley
  • Binding: Softback and hardback
  • Size: 17.6cm x 24.6cm (hb), 17cm x 24cm (sb)
  • Pages: 240
  • Illustrations: 290 photographs, surveys and maps, in colour
  • Publication date: 8 April 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-9526701-4-8 (hb); 978-0-9526701-9-3 (sb);
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DAVE HAIGH has been involved with many of the Bradford Pothole Club’s discoveries in the Dales and first came up with the concept of Adventures Underground. An inveterate digger, he is well placed to write about the explorations, being so often linked with the breakthroughs.

JOHN CORDINGLEY is a highly respected caver who, after a chance discussion, agreed to join the project. Arthur and Jack were friends of his and he knew they would have been delighted by the idea of this second book. John has contributed a wealth of knowledge of the magnificent caves of the Dales, both above and below water.


Adventures Underground: Contents

Acknowledgements and dedication

Area map

Introduction

Chapter             

         One               The Hunt for the Penyghent Master Cave

         Two               Droughts and Floods at Hull Pot

         Three            The Kingsdale Caves      

         Four              Kingsdale: The Divers’ Story                                   

         Five               Gaping Gill to Ingleborough Cave       

         Six                 Further Gaping Gill Discoveries 

         Seven            Pay Sank and the P5 Master Cave 

         Eight             A Classic Diving Discovery    

         Nine              Notts II: The Dry Way   

         Ten                The Three Counties Connection    

         Eleven           Diving, Digging and Discovery at Malham

         Twelve          Birks Fell Cave: A Wharfedale Gem   

         Thirteen        Underwater Boulder Mining 

         Fourteen      Digs and Discoveries 

         Fifteen          Pottering   

         Sixteen         Not All Trips Go According to Plan   

         Seventeen    The Adventure Goes On

 

Appendices

         A                   How to Start Caving   

         B                    Going Caving          

         C                    Further Information  

         D                   Glossary           

 
Index    

Index: Adventures Underground

 

A.G. Pot, 214

Abbott, Jim, Dub Cote Cave, 15, 16-19, 20

      Ingleborough Cave, 96-7, 99-100

      Little Hull Pot, 29

access, 226-7

Ackroyd, John, 185

Addis, Frank, 95-6

Alderson, Jamie, 161

Allen, Tim, 138, 144, 155-9, 222

Allonby, John, 171, 179

Alum Pot, 199-200, 216-17, 219, 240

Anderson, Alex, 90-1

Andrew, Barry, 169

Antler Hole, 14

Aquamole Pot, 59, 76, 79

archaeology, 34, 103, 146

Arkwright, Bob, Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117

      Generator Pot, 189-90

      Hensler’s Pot, 106, 110

      Losers’ Pot, 35-8

      Parkinson’s Pot, 112-14

Arthurs, Diane, 154, 158

Arundale, Jim, 23, 30

Ashmead, Pete, 149

Ashton, Ken, 49-50

Ashworth, Jeremy, 117, 185

Atkinson, Paul, Chapman’s Rising, 203

      Keld Head, 61, 69

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 76

      Malham Cove Rising, 161

      Notts II, 127, 135

Austwick Beck Head, 123, 218

Aygill Caverns, 148, 216-17

 

Backhouse, Andy, 26

Baines, Martin ‘Basher’, 123, 125

Balcombe, Graham, 61, 62, 72

Baldwin, Chris, 93

Balmer, Tom, 158

Balmer, Tony, 158

Bar Pot, 83, 103, 114-16, 209-10

Barnes, Frank, 54

Bartrop, Richard, 102, 135

Bass, Malcolm, 24-5, 26-7, 30, 41

Batty, Gordon, 137, 149-50, 181

Batty, John, 171-2

Beck, Howard, 171

Beck, Simon, 221

Belshaw, John, 23

Bendall, Richard, 142-4, 185

Benn, Gerald, Christmas Cracker, 185-9

      Corky’s Pot, 117, 120

      Fat Finger Pot, 33

      Gaping Gill, 82-3, 86

      Generator Pot, 189-90

      Hensler’s Pot, 106, 110-13

      Ingleborough Cave, 97-8

      Losers’ Pot, 35-8

      Nettle Pot, 207-8

      Pay Sank, 123, 125-6

Benn, Ian, 33, 106, 117, 185-6

Bhatti, Javed, 25

bibliography, 232

Birks Fell Cave, 171-6, 216-17

Birks Wood Cave, 176

Black Keld, 216-17, 220

Black Shiver Pot, 218

Blenkinsop, Dave, 161

Blind Beck Cave, 216-17, 219

Blyth, Helen, 141

Boireau, Geoff, 50

Bonington, Chris, 121

Bonwick, Jon, 161

Boon, Mike, 22, 28, 29, 61, 77, 122

Booth, Bob, 106, 185

Boreham Cave, 216-17, 219-20

Boswell, Dave, 171

Bottomley, Alec, 171

Bottomley, John, 15, 16

Bottomley, Mike, 221

Boxhead Pot, 215

Boyer, Matt, 161

Brackenbottom Pot, 19, 20, 30-3

Brackenbottom Rising, 14-15

Bradshaw, Bert, 162

Braithwaite, Callum, 158

Brants Gill Head, 13-15, 21, 26, 28, 29, 40-1, 216-17, 219

Brentnall, Alan, 82

Brittain, Alan, 82-3

Brock, Dave, 24, 26, 29, 30, 161, 204

Broken Finger Pot, 56

Brook, Alan, 50-1, 53, 82-3, 86-9

Brook, Aly, 33, 35, 106, 112, 117, 119, 123, 185, 189

Brook, Dave (BPC), Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117

      Fat Finger Pot, 33

      Gaping Gill, 82

      Generator Pot, 189

      Hensler’s Pot, 106

      Losers’ Pot, 35

      Parkinson’s Pot, 112

      Pay Sank, 123

      Trans-Craven System, 213-14, 221

Brook, Dave (ULSA), 50-1, 82-3, 86-9, 149, 213

Brook, Jon, 171

Brooks, Russ, 32, 39

Brown, Ian, 23

Brown, Tom, 15-16, 93, 103-4

Brown Hill Pot, 56, 78-9, 216-17

Bruno Kranski’s Rising Sump (BK), 132, 143, 156-7

Bryant, Bill, 161, 166

Buckley, Dave, 161

Bull Pot (Kingsdale), 59, 76, 218

Burgess, Harold ‘Budge’, 7

Bury, Ron, 161, 193-5

Butterfield, Frank ‘Buzzer’, 112

Bycroft, Mick, 82

 

Calford, Judith, 86, 133

Camm, Chris, 142

Car Pot, 196

Carlisle, James, 143

Carter, John, 161

Carter, Russell, Clapham Beck Head, 193-4

      Keld Head, 61, 72-4

      Kirk Pot, 184

      Malham Cove Rising, 161, 163-8

      Meregill Skit, 204

Cartledge, John, 61, 76

Castleden, Carol, 112

Castleden, Derek ‘Cas’, 47-8, 81, 112, 192-3

Champion, Arthur, 43-4, 171

Chapman, Andy, 145

Chapman’s Rising, 203-5

Cheshire, George, 117, 123

Christmas Cracker, 185-9

Churcher, Bob, 15, 16, 151

Churn Milk Hole, 42

Clapham Beck Head, 123, 193-6, 218

Clapham Bottoms Pot, 83, 84, 86, 103

Clayton, Tom, 143

Clegg, Alan, 29

Clough, Andy, 161

club, publications, 231

      reasons for joining, 224-5

Cobley, Dave, 53, 155

Coe, Randy, 171-4

Colledge, Martin, 138

Committee Pot, 129, 133, 138, 143, 148, 155

conservation, 227-9

Cooper, Gordon, 50

Corky’s Pot, 117-20

Cornhill, Simon, 154, 158

County Pot, 213

Cow Dub Holes, 147

Craftsman’s Pot, 59

Crescent Pot, 56, 79, 218

Cross, John, 161

Crossland, Derek, 40, 61, 63, 74, 77, 78

Crossley, Geoff, Dub Cote Cave, 15-20

      Gavel Pot, 151

      Ingleborough Cave, 95-102,

      Keld Head, 61, 69, 71

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 74-6

      Notts II, 127, 135

Crystal Beck Pot, 216-17, 219

Culleton, Steve, 61, 77-8

Cumming, Andy, 24, 26

Cunningham, Jim, 43

Cupcake, The, 145-6, 156

 

Dalby, Rob, 161

Dale Barn Cave, 58, 215, 216-17, 218, 220

Dale Head Pot, 14-15, 42

Danilewicz, Chris ‘Dani’, 127-9

Davenport, Colin, 185

Davenport, Jim, 161

Davies, Chris, 82-3

Davies, Colin, 137-40, 155

Davies, Dinny, 26

Davis, Jim, 135

Davis, Stuart, 106, 185

Dead Man’s Handshake, 65-6, 68-9, 72

Death’s Head Hole, 148, 221

Devaney, Terry, 185

Diccan Pot, 208-9

Dickinson, Richard, 86

digging, 229-30

Disappointment Pot, 83, 86, 103, 196

Diversion Cave, 14

Dougherty, Mark, 40, 61, 79, 161

Douglas, Geoff, 185

Douglas, Val, 185

Douk Gill Cave, 13-15, 21, 219

Douk Gill Scar, 47

Dow Cave, 216-17

Dowbiggin, Richard, 158

Downton, Alan, 161

Drew, Dave, 22

Dub Cote Cave, 14-21, 216-17

Duckworth, John ‘Buzzy’, 35, 106, 110, 117, 185

Duffy, Ray, 138, 185

 

Earl Pot, 216-17, 219

Ease Gill Caverns, 11, 147-51

Easton, Edward, 123, 125

Echo Pot, 14, 39, 40

Edmondson, Chris, 161

Edmunds, Colin, 61, 77

Edwards, Glyn, 176

Emmott, Bob, 61, 76

Everett, Paul, 86

Eyre, Jim, 149

 

Fairholme, Ray, 194

Farr, Martyn, 15, 16, 61, 64, 75-6, 164

Farrer, John, 6, 83

Fat Finger Pot, 14, 20, 33-5

Fletcher, Alex, 61, 69, 193-4

Fornah Gill Caverns, 14, 39

Fountains Fell Master Cave, 39, 40-1

Foxholes, 103

Frakes, Bill, 15, 22, 61, 75-6, 77, 162

France, Andy, 96

Franklin, Rob, 161

French Mike, 205-6

 

Gaping Gill, Bonfire Aven, 209-10

      Craven Aven, 192-3

      Deep Well, 92-3, 103-6, 116

      Far Country, 86-9, 103, 116

      Far Waters, 92-3, 94-5, 103

      flood, 211-12

      Ingleborough Cave connection, 81-102

      Lost River Chamber, 116

      Main Shaft, 235

      Myers’ Folly, 196-8

      other discoveries, 103-120

      Shallow Well, 94, 96

      South East Pot, 104, 114-16

      survey, 84-5, 104-5, 216-17

      in Trans-Craven System, 218

      Whitsun Series, 36, 81-4

Gardner, John, 103

Gasson, Iain, 86, 89

Gavel Pot, 134, 148, 151

Gavel Rigg Pot, 14, 19, 30, 32

Gemmell, Arthur, 7-12, 29, 45, 47, 112, 147, 149, 160, 214

Generator Pot, 189-90

geology, 215

Gerrish, Rich, 27, 138-40, 143

Gibb, Chris, 99

Giblin, Joe, 158

Giblin, Sean, 158

Giggel Rav Pot, 14, 30, 32

Gingling Hole, 14-15, 21, 39, 40-1, 216-17

Gingling Sink (Gingling Wet Sinks), 14, 39, 40

Glanvill, Pete, 141

Gledhill, Dave, 158

Glover, Dick, 83, 196, 198

Goddard, Andy, Clapham Beck Head, 193-4

      Keld Head, 61, 69, 72

      Kirk Pot, 184

      Malham Cove Rising, 161

      Meregill Skit, 204-5

      Notts II, 127, 135-6, 140

God’s Bridge Risings, 203, 205, 216-17, 218, 235

Goodwin, Mal, 114, 210

Goodwin, Mark, 161

Grainger, Monty, 114

Grange Rigg Pot, 121-6, 186-7, 189, 214

Gray, Pete, 44, 179

Green, John, 82

Griffiths, Julian, Dub Cote Cave, 15, 16-18

      Ingleborough Cave, 97, 99-100

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 76

      Little Hull Pot, 29-30

      Malham Cove Rising, 166

      Penyghent Pot, 22, 26

Griffiths, Naomi, 26-7

Growling Hole, 56

 

Hague, Brian, 61, 76, 102

Haigh, Andy, 33-4, 35-6, 106, 185

Haigh, Harry, 106, 117, 185, 187

Haigh, Mike, 35, 106, 117, 185, 187

Hall, Adrian, Clapham Beck Head, 193-4

      Ingleborough Cave, 106

      Kirk Pot, 184-5

      Malham Cove Rising, 161, 167-9

      Nape Well Cave, 191-2

      Preacher’s Cave, 177-9

Hall, Pete, 27, 141, 143, 156, 158

Hall, Tim, 47

Hallam, John, 81-3, 171

Halliday, Simon, 161

Halliwell, Ric, 138

Hammer Pot, 14, 39, 41

Harrison, Jude, 117, 185

Hart, Jess, 117, 123

Hartland, Mike, 123

Hasenmayer, Jochen, 61, 64, 65-6, 72

Hayward, Colin, 161

Helm, John, 46-7

Hensler, Eric, 106-7, 112-13, 196

Hensler’s Pot, 36, 103, 106-13, 185, 189, 221

Hermit’s Cave, 174

Heron Pot, 56

High Hull Cave, 14

High Hull Pot, 13-14

Hill, Elaine, 41, 161, 234

Hiscock, Ashley, 161

Hobley, Keith ‘Hogin’, 24

Hodgson, Dick, 171, 173

Hoggarth, Dave, 114

Hoggarth, Lara, 198

Holroyd, Martin, Gingling Hole, 40-1

      Illusion Pot, 79

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 76

      Little Hull Pot, 30

      Notts II, 127, 135

      Penyghent Pot, 26

Holt, Chris, 171

Hooson, Mark, 221

Howson, Phil, 192

Hryndyj, Bob, 61, 62-4, 150

Hrynyk, Mykola, 161

Hudson, Rick, 29, 41, 61, 76, 161

Hull Pot, 13-14, 21, 43-8

Hunt Pot, 13-14, 21-2, 221

Hurnel Moss Pot, 46

Hurst, Ken, 162

Hyde, Dave, 15, 19-20

 

Illusion Pot, 58, 79, 216-17, 220

Ingham, Stu, 145

Ingleborough Cave, 12, 89-102, 106, 123, 193-4, 218, 236

insurance, 227

Ireby Fell Cavern, 148, 151-5, 216-17

Iron Kiln Dig, 138

Irvine, Lisa, 161

 

Jackdaw Hole, 219

Jackson, Andy, 33, 207

Jarman, Bob, 194-5

Jarratt, Tony, 185

Jarvis, Rob ‘Stemple’, 212

Jenkinson, Matt, 161

Jewell, Chris, 103, 105

Jingling Pot, 76, 218

Jobling, Simon, 142

Joint Hole, 203, 233

Jones, Gary, 161

Jones, Karen, 161

Jones, Pete, 114

Jowett, Chris, 127, 135

Judd, Brian, 15, 19-21, 161

 

Kango Hole, 129, 133

Kay, Pete, 86

Keld Head, 10, 49, 53, 54, 59, 61-75, 79-80, 215, 218

      survey, 66-7, 216-17, 218

Kelley, Steve, 114-15

Kemp, Trevor, 61, 64

King Pot, 10, 56-8, 66, 73-5, 78-9, 216-17, 218

Kingsdale caves, 49-80, 215, 218

      connections diagram, 52-3

Kingsdale Master Cave, 50-6, 64-6, 75-9, 216-17

Kirk Pot, 183-5

Klondyke Pot, 123

 

Labardie, Richard, 185

Lancaster Hole, 8, 9, 148-51, 184, 216-17, 236

Langcliffe Pot, 216-17, 220

Larch Tree Hole, 21, 30

Large Pot, 58, 71, 215, 216-17

Last, Debs, 136

Latham, Joseph, 149

Latimer, Johnny, 158

Latimer, Simon, 138-9, 158

Lawson, Becka, 146, 152-5

Lawton, Ian, 153-5

Lawton, Liz, 154, 159

Laycock, Adrian, 185

Leakey, Bob, 44, 61, 91, 121-2, 126

Leck Beck Head, 49, 135, 147, 216-17

Lee, Raymond, 30-3

Limekiln Pot, 14

Link Pot, 148, 149-51

Lister, Jim, 161

Little, Kev, 30

Little Hull Pot, 13, 14, 21, 23, 29-30

Littondale, 219-20

Livesey, Pete, Grange Rigg Pot, 121-3, 126

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 75

      Little Hull Pot, 29

      Lost Johns’ Cave, 155

      Penyghent Pot, 22, 28

Lloyd, Dewi, 161, 196-7

Lloyd, Ian, 33, 103, 106, 161

Lloyd, Oliver, 164

Long, Harry, 174

Long Kin West, 216-17

Lord, Tom, 34, 146

Lord, Tot, 146

Losers’ Pot, 14, 20, 22, 35-9, 221

Lost Johns’ Cave, 138, 151-60, 215-17, 221

Lost Pot, 148

Lowe, Gavin, 27

Lower Long Churn Cave, 199

 

McClaren, Matt, 33, 35

McDonald, Ruth, 142-3, 145-6, 154, 185

McGhee, Rod, 183, 200

Mackin, Bob, Hensler’s Pot, 106

      Ingleborough Cave, 97, 99, 102

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 76

      Notts II, 133

      Penyghent Pot, 26

Magnetometer Pot, 7-9, 14, 39, 41, 45

Malham Cove, pavement, 223

Malham Cove Rising, 161-70, 216-17, 221

Mallinson, Jason, 29, 41, 127, 136

Marble Steps Pot, 49-50, 58, 69-70, 79

Marilyn, 103

Martindale, Emma, 143-4

Mellor, Adrian, 24-5, 26, 28-9

Mellor, Don, 171, 175

Melvin, Mick, 54

Mercer, Richard, 177-8, 182, 185

Meregill Hole, 203, 216-17

Meregill Skit, 203-5

Midge Hole, 203

Miller, Peter, 171

Millward, Perry, 102

Milner, Alistair, 50

Milner, Dave, 171

Mohole, The, 148

Molefone, 17, 76, 95-9, 101-2, 133

Monico, Paul, 26-7, 41, 80, 161

Monteath, George, 29

Moon, Norman, 167

Morris, Dave, 114-16, 127, 135, 161

Morrison, Duncan, 138, 155

Moses Well, 218

Mossdale Caverns, 15, 46, 75, 164, 216-17, 220

Muir, Angus, 161

Munn, Kevin, 134

Murgatroyd, Rob, 161

Murphy, Pam, 196-7

Murphy, Phil, 24-5, 61, 69, 161, 192, 204

Myers, Jack, 7-12, 45, 80, 112, 162, 191, 196-8

 

Nape Well Cave, 191-2

Nasse, Jez, 161

Nettle Pot, 205-8

Nettleton, Ron, 50

New Houses Rising, 219

New Pasture Cave, 14

Newby Moss, 218

Nick Pot, 216-17, 218-19

Nielsen, Grace, 161

Norman, Paul, 114, 196-7

North, George, 143-4, 153-4, 159

Notts II, 127-46, 148, 151, 155-9, 234

Notts Pot, 127-30, 148, 151, 155, 216-17

Nunwick, Mick, 138, 155-9, 221

Nuttall, John, 171

 

Ogden John, 54, 61, 75, 77, 162, 164

Onions, Jude, 156

Ormerod, Dave, 69

Ormerod, Mick, 54, 61, 77

Orrell, Mike, 168

 

P5, 121-6, 186, 189, 212

Pacey, Neil, 141-3, 153-4

Pack, David, 43

Palmer, John, 159

Palmer, Rob, 61, 64-5, 77, 88, 93-6, 164

Papard, Phil, 43-5, 61, 63, 76, 164

Parker, John, 15, 16

Parker, Phil, 156, 177-8

Parker, Simon, 114-15, 196-7

Parkinson’s Pot, 112-14

Patchett, Arnold, 91, 118

Pay Sank, 121-6, 211-12

Peak Cavern, 127

Pearce, Ken, 28, 29, 64

Pearson, Frank, 158

Pegleg Pot, 185

Penyghent, cave locations, 20

Penyghent Long Churn, 200-1, 219

Penyghent Master Cave, 13-42, 221

Penyghent Pot, 14-16, 20-30, 39, 47, 216-17, 221-2

Perilous Pot, 222

Perou, Sid, 93, 99-100, 116

Perry, John, 32, 35

Pickersgill, Steve, 93-4

Pickles, Steve, 61, 69, 193-4

Pickstone, Carl, 82

Pikedaw Calamine Caverns, 183, 216-17

Pinkney, Steve, 161

Pippikin Pot, 56, 148, 149-51, 216-17

Pirate Pot, 137

Pitman, Rod, 96

Plant, Ian, 78

Platts, Niall, 171

Preacher’s Cave, 177-82

Preston, Mr, 161, 170

Preston, Keith, 171

Price, Duncan, 161

Price, Madeline, 25

Proudlove, Graham, 43, 59

Pryer, Colin, 132, 139, 161

Puckering, Shaun, 161

 

Ramsay, Dave, 141-6, 154-6, 185

Randall, Kirsty, 185

Rattray, Fred, Brackenbottom Pot, 33

      Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117, 120

      Generator Pot, 189

      Hensler’s Pot, 106-7

      Losers’ Pot, 35, 39

      Parkinson’s Pot, 112, 114

      Pay Sank, 123

      Preacher’s Cave, 181-2

Rattray, Jimmy, 35, 106-7

Readman, Di, 106

Redmire Pot, 176

Rhoden, Gerik, 33

Rhodes, Brian, 17, 96

Rhodes, Chris, 161

Rift Pot, 58, 148, 151-5

Riley, Mick, 118

Riley, Pete, 127, 129, 135

Ritchie, Alex, 171

Roberts, Andy, 114

Roberts, Steve, 61, 78-9

Robertson, Nigel, 138

Robinsons’ Pot, 216-17

Robson, Mark, 166

Rogers, Martin, 86-8

Rose, Henry, 114

Rose, Pete, 171, 173

Rough Close Pot, 14

Rowten Pot, 49, 51, 75, 216-17, 218

Rumbling Hole, 148

Rushton, Mark, 185

Rushton, Neil, 161

Ryall, Dave, Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117-18

      Diccan Pot, 209

      diving aphorism, 19

      Fat Finger Pot, 33

      Gaping Gill, Deep Well, 103-6

           flood, 212

      Hensler’s Pot, 110-12

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 77

      Losers’ Pot, 35, 39, 221

      Malham Cove Rising, 161

      Pay Sank, 123, 125-6

Ryall, Sue, 33

 

St Lawrence, Hugh, 156-8

Salmon, Tony, 50-1, 88

Schofield, Bryan ‘Scoff’, Christmas Cracker, 185

      Diccan Pot, 209

      Dub Cote Cave, 15, 19

      Fat Finger Pot, 33-4

      Gaping Gill, Deep Well, 103-4

           flood, 212

           through-trip, 100

      Hensler’s Pot, 106-7

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 77

      Nettle Pot, 205-6

      Pay Sank, 123

Scratcher, Mike, 171

Seddon, Tony, 61, 79, 184

Sell Gill Holes, 216-17, 219

Shackleton, Rob, 15, 16, 22-3, 29, 61, 76

Sharp, Joe, 33, 106, 110

Sharp, Mick, 97, 101

Shaw, Jonny, 203

Shep Pot, 148

Sherrington, Bill, 142-3, 156, 158

Shuttleworth Pot, 148, 233

Sike Gill Rising, 216-17, 218, 219

Silverdale Gill Pot, 14

Simister, Brian ‘Ragnar’, Christmas Cracker, 185

      Fat Finger Pot, 33, 34

      Generator Pot, 189-90

      Hensler’s Pot, 106

      Losers’ Pot, 35-6, 38

Simpson, Dick, 196

Simpson, Eli ‘Cymmie’, 162

Simpson Pot, 49-50, 77, 216-17, 218

Sims, Jon, 127

Skell Gill Caves, 14

Skirfare Risings, 216-17, 219

Skorupka, Rupert, Chapman’s Rising, 203

      Keld Head, 61, 69, 70-1, 77

      King Pot, 74-5, 78

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 76-7

      Notts II, 127-8, 134-5, 141

      Penyghent Pot, 29

      Sike Gill Rising, 218

Slanting Cave, 59

Slater, Mark, 35, 106

Sleets Gill Cave, 178

Small Mammal Pot, 103

Smart, Roy, 50

Smith, Chris, 30-3

Smith, Duncan, 161

Smith, Martin, Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117

      Fat Finger Pot, 33

      Generator Pot, 189

      Hensler’s Pot, 106, 110-13

      Losers’ Pot, 35

      Pay Sank, 123

Smith, Mick, 61, 76

Snurd’s Hole, 216-17

Solari, Roger, 61, 75-6

Southworth, John, 61, 64, 162

Spectacle Pot, 56

Speight, Alan, 156, 177-8, 185

Spencer, Bill, 116

Spike Pot, 14

Stamp, Colin, 33, 106

Stamp, Maria ‘Maz’, 33, 35, 106

Stansfield, Ian, 171

Stanton, Rick, 40-1, 61, 79, 127-8, 134-6, 161

Statham, Oliver ‘Bear’, Dub Cote Cave, 15, 16

      Keld Head, 61, 62-6, 72-3

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 75, 77

Stevenson, Richard, 61, 77

Stewart, Dave, 162

Stock, Nic, 33, 39, 57, 108-9

Stot Rakes Cave and Pot, 14

Stream Passage Pot, 201-3

Stump Cross Caverns, 220

Sudell, Barry, 127-31, 135, 161, 203

Sugden, James, 153

Sullivan, Tim, Brackenbottom Pot, 33

      Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117, 120

      Gaping Gill, 86

      Generator Pot, 189

      Losers’ Pot, 39

      Parkinson’s Pot, 112, 114

      Pay Sank, 123, 125

Sunderland, Norman, 192

surveys and diagrams, Birks Fell Cave, 172-3

      Brants Gill Head hydrology, 14

      Chapman’s Rising, 204

      Committee Pot, 139

      Corky’s Pot, 119

      Dub Cote Cave, 15

      Fountains Fell caves, 39

      Gaping Gill, 84-5

         Deep Well, 105

         South East Pot, 104

      Grange Rigg Pot, 125

      Hensler’s Pot, 107

      Ingleborough Cave, 97

      Keld Head, 66-7

      Kingsdale caves, 52-3, 218

      Losers’ Pot, 37

      Lost Johns’ Cave, 159

      Malham Cove Rising, 163

      Meregill Skit, 204

      Nape Well Cave, 191

      Notts II, 129, 139, 159

      Pay Sank, 125

      Penyghent Pot, 22

      Preacher’s Cave, 178

      Three Counties System, 148

      Trans-Craven System, 216-17

Sutcliffe, Roger, 86, 88

Swinsto Hole, 49, 50, 54, 77, 218

Swire, Paul, 141, 153

Sykes, Pete, 33

 

Taylor, George, 185

Taylor, Kenny, 53, 54, 155

Taylor, Roy, 171-3

Tharratt, Andy, 23, 24-5, 161

Thomas, Mike, 30, 127-9, 135

Thomas, Steve, 127, 135

Thompson, Jack, 162

Thompson, Tom, 114-15

Thorp, John ‘Lugger’, 56, 155

Thorpe, Mike, 91-2

Thorpe, Neil, 81

Thorpe, Steve, 61, 62-3

Three Counties System, 71, 147-60, 185, 213, 216, 221

Tietema, Rolf, 161

Tindale, Mon, 161

Todd, Julian, 153

Todd, Laurie, 171

Top Sink, 148, 150

Trans-Craven System (hypothetical), 213-22

Trollers Gill, 191

Trowbridge, Laura, 161

Tucker, Steve, 61

Turbary Pot, 79

Turn Dub, 216-17, 219

Turton, Roger, 177-8

Tweedale, Charles, 161-2, 168

 

Ullet Gill Cave, 216-17, 218-19

Unsworth, Dick, 43-4

 

Valley Entrance, 50, 54, 59-60, 64, 218

Valley Exit, 57, 74

Vesper Pot, 56

Volanthen, John, 41

Voldemort Hole, 142

 

Waddon, Jack, 15

Walford, Julian, 15, 16-18

Wallbank, Alan, 171, 173

Walsh, Andy, 138, 156

Waltham, Tony, 155

Walton, Mike, 171

Ward, Geoff, 161

Ward, Pete, 156, 159

Warren, Patrick, 47, 114-15, 153-4

Warren, Steve, 47, 171

Watson, Ian, 61, 65, 69, 76, 78

Watt, Jon, 23-5

Weare, Damian, 185

Webster, Martin, 28

Weight, Alan, 59, 61

Westlake, Clive, 61, 75, 102, 135, 137, 161, 166

Weston, Dave, 51

Whalley, John, 43-4, 171-2

Whatley, Ben, 161

Whitaker, Edward, 171, 173

White, ‘Mendip Carole’, Christmas Cracker, 185-6

      Corky’s Pot, 117

      Generator Pot, 189

      Hensler’s Pot, 106, 110

      Losers’ Pot, 35

      Nettle Pot, 207

      Parkinson’s Pot, 112

      Pay Sank, 123-4

White Scar Cave, 216-17, 218, 240

Whitehouse, Andy, 161

Whitfield, Colin, 69

Whybro, Paul, 40, 127, 135

Wileman, Kev, 185

Wilkinson, Ian, 97, 101

Wilkinson, Johnny, 43-4

Wilson, Dave, 196-7

Wilson, Simon, 111, 157-8

Winch, John, 197

Windle, Paul, 141, 143-4

Winstanley, Fred, 61, 76

Winstanley, Mary, 140, 158

Witches Cave, 135, 147, 148

Wizards Chasm, 216-17

Wooding, Mike, Gaping Gill, 89, 92, 103

      Ingleborough Cave, 91-2, 93

      Keld Head, 61, 62, 63

      Meregill Skit, 203

      Penyghent Pot, 22

Woodward, Brian, 28

Wright, Ben, 114, 116

Wright, Gerry, 91

Wright, Mark, 161

Wright, Martin, 161

 

Yeadon, Geoff, Dub Cote Cave, 15, 16-18

      Gaping Gill, 84, 94-102

      Keld Head, 61, 62-6, 68, 70, 72-3

      King Pot, 78

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 74, 76-7

      Lost Johns’ Cave, 138, 151, 155

      Malham Cove Rising, 164-5

Yeandle, Dave ‘Pooh’, 61, 76, 77-8, 150

Yonge, Charles, 23

Yordas Cave, 49, 59, 76-7, 218

Yu-Pearson, Will, 158

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Congratulations on bringing out this volume. I'm sure it will be as valued as its predecessor!


Review by Alan L. Jeffreys

Straight off, may I say I found Adventures Underground a fabulous book. Being, as I always have been, a tremendous fan of the original Gemmell and Myers work, I am constantly in favour of promoting the sport of caving and potholing vis-à-vis the general public with informative, well-presented and readable narratives that give precisely the right concept of what can be viewed as being a slightly lunatic occupation. In 1952 explorers of Yorkshire’s underworld were little known outside their own circles. Certainly, they did not labour under the misplaced notion that all cavers were ‘risk junkies’ crawling down rabbit holes putting other peoples’ lives at risk, souring public perceptions for several decades thereafter. Their resulting book, Underground Adventure, undeniably attracted large numbers of readers into trying the sport for themselves.

Dave Haigh and John Cordingley have here attempted to bring readers (fans?) of this original book up to date, generally restricting themselves to classic Dales territory between Fountains Fell and Gragareth (Arthur Gemmell’s ‘Land of Pot-holes’), although a couple of very welcome departures are also present. Birks Fell Cave, for example, ‘a Wharfedale gem’, is a worthy inclusion. Both writers are too well known in caving circles to require any introduction, and both are more than qualified to undertake the task of synthesising a massive body of exploratory work over the sixty years that have elapsed since the first book appeared.

Although, as a general rule, they have tried to follow the Gemmell and Myers style of personal experience, obviously regiments of other cavers have been involved – demonstrated by solid paragraphs of acknowledgements at the front of the book – so the engaging narratives fully recognise achievements in which the authors played little or no part. Each of the seventeen chapters covers a self-contained topic, for example the endeavour to complete the Three Counties System, the epic Gaping Gill to Ingleborough Cave story, and the search for a Penyghent Master Cave. What I found particularly pleasing in each case was the clear description of geographical problems and the ordered, well-thought-out approach to tackle them. Trying to assess this book’s contents from the point of view of ‘Mr General Public’, I found narratives which clearly explained what cavers were trying to achieve (and why), contextualising their efforts with a liberal salting of humour, constantly referring back to the 1952 book just to keep things in perspective.

The book is generously illustrated – 261 superb photographs, almost all in colour and nearly every one new to me. There are even thumbnail pictures to clarify definitions in the glossary at the rear! Twenty-five surveys, diagrams and maps provide state-of-the-art situations such as the Three Counties System, the Fountains Fell caves and the Kingsdale Master Cave sump dives. I particularly liked Bryan ‘Scoff’ Schofield’s schematics of the Kingsdale and Gaping Gill systems.

Any non-caving reader perusing this book will discover exactly what it is like to spend hours below ground in conditions a great deal less than ideal (no holds are barred in relating ‘hairy’ experiences), which, it seems to me, will be a great selling point at various Yorkshire Dales National Park outlets. Neither author, I’m sure they will allow, is a spring chicken so they share with me values of what is fast becoming a lost age, as illustrated by my favourite two quotes:

‘These days an awful, risk-averse culture has developed in the UK which is choking the life out of adventure and fun, but I’d rather be digging in a choke than be bored to death by health and safety control freaks’ (Dave Haigh, p156)

and

‘people who think that “caving” is only about swinging around on a few bolts wearing a shiny plastic suit are in for a real shock here’ (John Cordingley on Birks Fell Cave, p176).

In short, this is a long-winded way of saying: you cannot, just cannot, do without this book – or indeed its predecessor, reprinted in 1990. Get them both and your life will be complete. Very well done, Dave and John – you fly the flag superlatively.

April 2017

Articles and publications

Feature articles about Adventures Underground appear in the Dalesman and Lancashire Life for April 2017; coverage also appeared in Descent (254) and (255) for February and April 2017, as well as Cumbria Life for April 2017. A feature was also published in the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald on 15 April 2017.


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