Bank Holiday Hole

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From RRCPC 9

Original Exploration 1983

A small cave located on the limestone bench on the east side of Ease Gill Beck. The entrance is in a prominent shakehole, where a small stream sinks, about 150m. across Leck Fell from the entrance toA small cave located on the limestone bench on the east side of Ease Gill Beck. The entrance is in a prominent shakehole, where a small stream sinks, about 150m. across Leck Fell from the entrance to Slit Sinks and due south of the Borehole (SD 678806). ontinuation. This was dug by Pete Muckalt and Wendy Tidder to a flat out squeeze over sandstone cobbles about 25m from the entrance. Thin men were needed!
Andy Hall and Chaz Frankland turned up the following weekend and Andy dug out the cobbles to pass the constriction to gain a 2m. high rift passage. This developed into a winding stream canyon averaging 3-4m. high and 1m. wide with some formations including a fine 2m. long curtain.
The pair followed the walking passage for about 100m. In their rush to explore the new cave they only carried one light, helmet and belt between them. Several minor inlets and cross joints entered from either side. One of these was followed through deep mud for about 10m.
The main passage eventually lowered to a crawl for about 15m. to an awkward corner. The easiest way on was a squeeze at roof level. Andy attempted the squeeze but rock flakes prevented progress. In the process he managed to drop his helmet on the far side. As Andy thrashed and swore above, Chaz sat in the stream and watched it rise 3-4 inches.
Andy: "Nearly Got it"
Chaz: "The water's rising quite fast".
Andy: "Can't quite reach the b*****d!".
Chaz: "The bloody cave's flooding, let's get out before it overflows into the bedding".

The pair made a rapid exit. gargling their way back through the bedding.
The final squeeze was passed on a later trip. Unfortunately the continuing passage became too tight after only 2m. Here the matter rested for some years and the entrance became blocked through lack of use. Back in 1990 we re-dug the entrance to open it up again so that we could survey the cave for the Journal.

The resurgence was located using the survey and a dye test. It is a short cave on the limestone bench above Slit Sinks and it becomes too low and wet only a few metres before the end of Bank Holiday Hole.

Chaz Frankland