Bagshawe Cavern

The Eldon always have a number of active digs undergo in Bagshawe.

One that is currently receiving quite a lot of attention is the "Dead Ahead Dig" in the Full Moon Series.

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Lala dig 19.09.2017

Bog/Dave Cowley


Team average attempted to carry on with the Lala dig last night .Unfortunately the water levels are now to high to continue this year ,and the trip was cut short .Many thanks to Dave, for giving me the pleasure of swimming up to my neck.

On a more positive note, we were able to get in the pub for 9 o,clock . Hurrah .

Sadly the butties don't come out until late ,and we missed them .Very average evening in the end .



Left and left again

We returned to the lower series left hand passage. On the third trip last night we started pulling boulders out of a choke 2mtrs in .

A return is planned with a longer poking device. Not being a place to visit in anything but dry weather, we may need the winter water to drop the choke if we don't get back in time .

There are a number of passages to the left of this passage, and lots of water coming in around this area, so fingers crossed.


Bog , Dave Cowley


Left hand passage dig .

Bog , Dave Cowley May 2017

After yet another setback at Dead Ahead, with water filling the dig face , we welcomed an excuse to check out a new lead.

During a previous tourist trip I noticed a silt bank just before the sump in left hand passage .

It is very similar to the Paternity dig, with a potential tube coming in at a bend in the passage near a sump.

The first trip hit a solid wall at the back, at roof level, but Dave stuck a crowbar through the silt on the right hand side, just as the pub alarm went off.

On our return this week ,we have lowered the dig face again ,and I have have high hopes of a passage beyond ,although it's size is very restricted at the moment .

A large amount of water comes in ,on the beds in the roof at this point, which keeps the sump filled up . No doubt if it goes we will probably hit mine at some point . The Bowling Green car park would be better so fingers crossed.


Tuesdays 24/01/17 07/02/17 14/03/17

Bog, Dave

I am pleased to report there will be no more messing around with pumps, pipes, jubilee clips, fittings etc. An impressively efficient siphon is now up and running and drains the pool/duck (we inadvertently created by digging) in around 10-15 mins with minimal faff.

Now the sideshow of pumping is no more, good progress is finally being made at the sharp end with encouraging signs that are keeping enthusiasm high.


Dead Ahead ,Bagshawe cavern

This year is definitely breakthrough year , after all we need something to brag about at the 60th . After a long unplanned break since July last year , we hope to get some regular sessions in .With  6 months of no caving the trip in was effortless ,without so much as a drop of sweat.

The dig was dry which was a bonus , but it soon became obvious that the heavily calcited boulders blocking the way on will need to be broken up . A job for next week .The view over the top is encouraging and the roof has plenty of features in it suggesting that we are heading in the right direction .

With hammers ,drills and batteries needed for next weeks session the trip in will be a joy (can't wait).


Dave Cowley , Bog 

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