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Recent explorations in Dunald Mill Cave by Andrew Walsh and the thoughts that there might be further new cave to be “discovered” between there and Back Lane Quarry Cave prompted Jim Newton to delve in the archives and send us these photographs and comments of his involvement with the cave way back in the earl 1950’s.
Crabtree, Jim Newton, Licker Foxcroft, Herb Delacy. Alan Muckalt at
“Well done, Andy, It brought it all back to
me, seeing your letter. I remember when we found
With Andy's story of the water dropping over the years there must be a good passage to be found.
The only trouble is, they built a motorway
Years after, an attempt was made to get in (1), using a Tirfor to pull out the rocks. Pity that a police car, stopped on the motorway to check on speeding cars. He was attracted to the sound of crashing boulders. The story goes that they warned the lads off …
I walked round there a year ago & found the entrance blocked with broken crash barriers. Perhaps Andy can do a deal with the Police to get back in?”
Jim Newton’s first recorded trip into the cave according to his diary was in 1953 with members of the now defunct Morecambe Rock & Pot Club which he insists was the first trip into the cave,
but there is a report in the 1951 edition of “British Caver”(2) that
describes a new cave with very similar characteristics in the same area
which would seem to indicate that it was
Jim Newton and A. Crabtree resting in the cave
(1) RRCPC Journal Vol. 8 1983 pp13-15
(2) British Caver Vol. 23 (1952) p14 & 16
Photographs supplied by Jim Newton.