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Marble Pot on the Allotment

Caveman Ken

New member
Anyone have any recent knowledge of Marble Pot? Northern Caves says it is blocked but that was published in 1996. It may have been reopened by now? The first pitch has modern P bolts and modern style rigging, so I guess someone thought it was worth the time and effort. Any info gratefully received.
 

Pitlamp

Well-known member
Worth looking at Tony Waltham's image of the 1980 collapse of glacial till that blocked it. See page 85 in Cave & Karst of the Yorkshire Dales Volume 1 (2013).

Volume 2 (2017) page 363 gives useful detail of the exact position & nature of the slump.

It was a very big slump so if a club has re-opened it, good effort!
 

Caveman Ken

New member
Worth looking at Tony Waltham's image of the 1980 collapse of glacial till that blocked it. See page 85 in Cave & Karst of the Yorkshire Dales Volume 1 (2013).

Volume 2 (2017) page 363 gives useful detail of the exact position & nature of the slump.

It was a very big slump so if a club has re-opened it, good effort!
Thanks it has grassed over now so that the slump looks much smaller.
 

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Alex

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I was down Marble Pot a couple of years back after a quick attempt on Marble sink. It was indeed still blocked then below the first pitch, but there's a bit to explore down there. It looks like you could dig it quite easily, with some shoring, if the on-going passage is where I presumed it to be.
 

Pitlamp

Well-known member
Caveman Ken - did you get to the bottom of this conundrum? I suspect from the post immediately above (by Alex) that it's still blocked.

As a matter of interest there are some good images taken in Marble Pot on that DVD which Steve Clark kindly flagged up (see link below). I've never seen any underground images of the place before.

 

Pitlamp

Well-known member
This is quite informative:


I was out for a run this morning and went past Marble Pot. Scrambled down (carefully!) for a look at the head of the first pitch. Those anchors described by Alex aboveare very similar to the ones that go around the right hand side of GG Main Shaft. Does anyone know the provenance of those in Marble Pot? They're not listed on the CNCC site as being CNCC anchors but they look perfectly OK to me.
 

Pitlamp

Well-known member
Also see page 89 (in particular) in this:

file:///home/user/Downloads/2005SinkholesbookCh0408Subsidenceandinducedsinkholes.pdf
 

Pitlamp

Well-known member
Ta.

This is a picture of the shakehole taken from the NW side (not the usual view). The rock bridge seen in the more normal view from the SE side is visible in the foreground here. The massive crater immediately beyond it apparently didn't exist until the big slump in 1980; the shakehole floor came down to meet the rock bridge prior to 1980. I suspect reopening the PCC 1979 extensions would be no small task. As well as the contents of the crater having fallen down into the known pot, a vast amount of material from the shakehole side (above the top of this view) also went down there.

I'm right glad I wasn't on a trip in there on the day that it went!

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Pitlamp

Well-known member
Here's the more typical view from the SE. Note the rock bridge referred to in the above post.

The actual cave entrance (1st pitch) is behind the fallen log lying at 45 degrees in this view (i.e. far side of the rock bridge). The large ("new") crater seen in the picture above is between the rock bridge and the camera in this view (but mostly out of shot).

The rock bridge can be reached either by descending climbs following the sinking stream (as per Northern Caves V2 description) or by descending the very steep slope on the far side of the shakehole (on the left side of this view).

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Pitlamp

Well-known member
Went down Marble Pot today to look at the feasilbility of reopening it. From careful measurements, compared with both the ULSA and PCC surveys, I think the vertical blockage may be as much as 15 m deep, i.e. both the 2nd pitch and the excavated shaft directly below it (leading to the Tunnel of Love crawl) are likely to be completely full of debris. It may be possible to engineer a less daunting alternative route nearby. But this would probably still require a lot of materials, so if it's a goer the winch meet is the time to get the stuff up there. We may have a play with it this August.
 
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