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Chudleigh Caves

D.Snaith

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Is there a map or description of the caves in Chudleigh, The only information I have been able to find is on the DCUC page, they mark a good twenty or so but the locations seem to be quite inaccurate and more so in the generalised area of… im finding it difficult to distinguish what each of them is named, also have only managed to find about ten of them so far. Any pointers in the right direction or assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 

mikem

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Take it this is yours
 
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D.Snaith

Member
That

that is my own video, four separate small caves in it, although not certain on their names. Read the previous post too, regards to the book, can’t seem to find it anywhere.
 

mikem

Well-known member
Can't guarantee it's accuracy either, but: Tony Oldham et al (1986): The Limestones and Caves of Devon
or maybe
"The Concise Caves Of Devon", A.D. Oldham, T.E.A. Oldham, T. Smart, 1986
 

mrodoc

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There is a book .. But it isn't Tony's. Chris Proctor produced a series of books on the caving areas of Devon many years ago. Sadly he didn't get to cover the whole county by the Chudleigh and Kingsteignton area is well documented. Should be in the DSS library.
 

D.Snaith

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There is a book .. But it isn't Tony's. Chris Proctor produced a series of books on the caving areas of Devon many years ago. Sadly he didn't get to cover the whole county by the Chudleigh and Kingsteignton area is well documented. Should be in the DSS library.
Unfortunately, from what i can see they do not appear to be in print anymore, I read about the Kingsteignton caves in some journals from another caving group, im assuming by how long ago these were it is unlikely that Rydon has the same landowner or any contact has been made with him for a while. On another note, I have access to the woodland directly opposite the A380 where rydon is located, never thought of caves being in the area but there are at least two lime kilns in there, I may pop down and have a closer look at the land.
 

mrodoc

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Probably worth a look if there are any very old quarries in the woodland that have not been examined. As you probably know Coombesend Chasm is just up the road.
 

D.Snaith

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Probably worth a look if there are any very old quarries in the woodland that have not been examined. As you probably know Coombesend Chasm is just up the road.
Is Coombsend still open? Again any information I can find online is from a rather long time ago and if i recall correctly i read somewhere that the entrance was subject to landfill.
 

D.Snaith

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None currently, have individual bca membership, just been to have a look at coombesend, found three caves two barred and one gated in a corrugated portal at the base of a small quarry. All have signs warning of “toxic gas”. Not sure if this is the correct one, the DCUC location mark is just in a field.
 

D.Snaith

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