A new discovery in County
A new discovery in County Pot
Some months back, I stumbled across a small oxbow passage, between Stop Pot and Holbeck Junction. A subsequent investigation revealed that the upstream end is choked, seemingly quite close to the main drag. However, it felt like there might be something leading off, part way along. I returned, armed with a crowbar, at the start of March. My first dig revealed just an alcove. I moved along.
My second dig proved more promising. After a few minutes, I was looking along a small side passage, maybe 10cm high, heading off to the north, apparently into blank hillside. The digging was easy: mud and loosely packed cobbles, with shelves to the sides for stacking spoil; so progress was rapid. I soon picked up a trickle of water, which had the effect of turning everything to slurry. Shortly ahead was a pool. Before long, I had broken the dam: water flowed out, perhaps several hundred litres, so it seems there is plenty of passage beyond.
I eventually had enlarged the approach enough that I could wriggle into the pool. The passage continued, with quite deep water in places, and 20cm of airspace above. Progress required crow barring flakes off the roof, and re-arranging cobbles in the floor, so the going was slow.
At the end of the pool, about 12m from the start of the dig, the passage was blocked by a mud bank. It looked easy to dig; but by now I was sufficiently soaked that I decided to retreat, and return another day.