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Great Douk Cave shakehole collapse
« on: April 19, 2021, 09:09:36 pm »
We have received news that a newly opened shakehole has broken into the main stream passage of Great Douk Cave near Chapel-le-Dale. The near vertical wall of the shakehole suggests more rocks and soil will follow, particularly if the weather deteriorates.

The collapse is about 75m upstream of where Little Douk Pot drops into the Great Douk streamway.

The streamway is still passable, but clearly under the collapse is not a place to loiter. We know this is a well-loved and frequently visited site, so great care is needed particularly in larger or less experienced groups, to ensure everyone makes quick progress past the new skylight!

We will be discussing options for remedial work with the landowner after lambing season.

Photos can be found here:
https://cncc.org.uk/news/20210419-great-douk-collapse
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Re: Great Douk Cave shakehole collapse
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2021, 09:58:54 pm »
I always liked the skylight in Great Douk now there will be another one! Will be nice to see it once it's settled.
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Re: Great Douk Cave shakehole collapse
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2021, 10:35:16 pm »
I do hope it hasn't broken the giant penis stalactite as that's one of my favourites.

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Re: Great Douk Cave shakehole collapse
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2021, 11:28:16 pm »
We hope it isn’t broken too. The photo opportunities of our conservation volunteers repairing it don’t bear thinking about!
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