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14 February 2017
Jacob Frankland in a well known cave in the Yorkshire Dales, but where?
21 December 2016
The winter sostice at Jubilee Cave
12 October 2016
Andy Farrow lifelining on the Dolly Tubs pitch, Lower Long Churn
11 October 2016
The Conservation and Access committee has been tasked with promoting cave conservation in line with the recently approved Educational Strategy for the Conservation of Caves. This document was accepted at the recent BCA Council Meeting. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this, especially Tim Allen for developing such a good first draft.
It is encouraging to see that RCC’s are updating their websites with copies of the new conservation codes and MIC guidance. However the CNCC have taken this opportunity to expand and update their conservation page with a complete new set of interactive pages which allow their members to report issues and get personally involved. It is packed with information and useful links.
26 July 2016
Andy Farrow in the Notts II Mincemeat Aven Sump extension.
It is only another 3 metres max before the passage sumps again. When we started this dig the water would have been a foot or more above the top of Andy's head. People had tried to drain the Mincemeat Aven Sump in the past but without success. It seemed as if the water emerged from the right and that it probably wouldn't go very deep before levelling off. It wasn't to be so simple. We started lowering the passage on February 28 2014 so we have now been at it for well over two years. If Inlet 8 hadn't been inundated during the winter floods and the passage blocked it could well be that the end of Inlet 8 would now be free of water and breakthrough very near. How close are you when the water has started to seep through the sediment - the same water we assume we are now trying to lower at Mincemeat?
8 May 2016
Tim Sullivan after a Stream Passage to Flood (Wade's Entrance) through trip during the BPC Winch Meet
25 May 2016
Wendy Trorp enjoying the weather at the Haggs Brow excavations
21 May 2016
Graham Owen at the top of the last pitch in Bar Pot.
23 April 2016
Pete Bann in Great Douk on the day of our AGM
13 January 2016
Richard Bendall at the start of Notts II Inlet 6.5¾ on January 6 2016. The excavated passages of Inlets 6.5¾ were inundated during the floods and the sides have collapsed dramatically. Both inlets are now blocked part way in. See the youtube for full details.
26 September 2015
Kevin Gannon in Dob Dale Cave after returning from the sump. Kevin is planning a dive in Dob Dale and wanted to check out a few things beforehand.
26 July 2015
Tim Sullivan wall repariing at Yordas Wood, Conservation Day, 1 July 2015
10 June 2015
BPC members Jimmy and Fred Rattray in radio contact between GG Sand Caverns and the surface. They've finally cracked it but there is more work before it becomes possible with affordalbe apparatus
30 April 2015
A broken millstone on the side of Ingelborough. Inspired by the work of the Ingleborough Archaeology Group's survey of the western flank of Ingleborough we went looking for millstones and signs of stone working.
See the pictures in the Photo Gallery
18 April 2015
John Dixon Memorial Walk
I got to know John Dixon after reading a very interesting little snippet in The Forest of Bowland, Ribchester & Hurst Green, Ribble Valley and Pendleside: “During recent [April/May 2004] pipe-laying operations, that necessitated boring under the river at Brungerley, a very large cave was discovered on the Clitheroe side of the Ribble below Moorlands School at a point known as ‘dangerous corner’. So large was the void that the pipeline had to be diverted for suspension reasons. Could this be the ‘lost’” Hermits Cave where once King Henry hid?”.
The Boggarts went to great lengths to discover where this cave had actually been found, but whatever opening had once been unearthed was now well and truly filled in.
I subsequently talked to John on a number of occasions about other caves and mines in the area and he was always most generous with his information. He knew obscure little places he had noted in his wanderings and was always willing to share. His writings are full of local history with a smattering of archaeology but mainly it was the people interest and not the sites themselves that he wanted to capture.
John died in 2012 and, today, upwards of 80 people came to walk round Houghton Bottoms – close to where he spent his youth – to remember John and pay tribute to him for the wealth of information he shared with us on his walks and in his books.
See the photos in the photo gallery
29 March 2015
Draining a sump somewhere in the Dales on March 25
1 March 2015
Graham Owen, a blind caver in Yordas Pot on 6 February. See the video.
12 January 2015
Latest Boggarts newsletter now available in the newsletter archive.
John Cooper in Gunnerfleet Cave (Lower) on 17 December. The large soft red stalactite in Gunnerfleet Upper is all but gone. The trouble with removing rubbish and making caves accessible is that people go in and destroy the formations.
Little Green Men widening and deeping the stream as part of the Natural England/CNCC conservation exercise to restore the entrance to Providence Pot.
Hauling a dead sheep out of Marble Steps Pot on 6 November. The sheep was well down the gulley and threatening to make things very unpleasnt for cavers if not removed quickly.
James Hillsdon in Upper Long Churn Cave on October 29
Rachel Harper in Kingsdale last Tuesday after an interesting filming session in Yordas Cave
Bog Brown in Goyden Pot on September 20. It is still possible to get into the Goyden streamway but avoid the Main Chamber route which is still very dangerous and liable to collapse.
Natural England volunteers clearing rubbish from Daimler Hole on 5 September
Pete Monk near the top of Stac Pollaidh on 28 August
Fred Rattray's selfie in Crackpot Cave on 31 July
Sue Martin and Kath Rigg in Selside Cave on Saturday 26th July. Selside is one of a number of very interesting, if little visited caves, in the Alum Pot area. Selside Cave is a little gem.
Boggarts in Porters Gate Coal Levels on 16 July
Tim Sullivan admires the hoppers in Carrock Mine on 24 June. The mine was an important source of tungsten in the early years of the 20th century and was also worked more recenlty until the 1980s.
Pete Metcalfe nar the top of the magnificent last pitch in Aquamole Pot last Saturday.
Gerry Myers exiting the top of the first pitch in Wades Entrance on 23 May. It was Gerry's first caving trip in 2 years and he thought that Stream Passage Pot to Wades Entrance would be a good reintroduction.
17 May, BPC at GG
Fred knows the sun has come out at last but Tim thinks it's still raining
A pipistrelle rescued from a stream at Malham Cove on Bank Holiday Monday and taken to the RSPB people protecting the peregrine falcons. A bat expert was called in who took it away to try and nurture it back to health.
Pete Metcalfe at Bull Pot on April 26
Kay Easton in Scoska Cave, Sunday 20 April
See Tim Allen’s article about Open Access in the latest edition of Descent. Do we really want Open Access for cavers? The permit system works well and CNCC are improving communication about it. Do we want a bigger tangle of ropes on Lancaster Hole, more erosion on the fells with more cavers using the quickest and most vulnerable routes to the caves, more damage to delicate formations and sediments, more secret caves because the finders fear for what will happen if access isn’t controlled? Who would actually benefit from Open Access? Responsible cavers already have as much access as they want.
Ged Benn digging a new lead in Notts II today
Andy Farrow at the start of the Manchester Bypass in County Pot, Saturday 15 March
16 March 2014
Northern Boggarts held its 32nd AGM last night.
Times have changed since then and the picture above was taken at an early family meet to Calf Holes on 2 October 1982.
2 March 2014
Andy Farrow at Inlet 5.1 Notts II. Both Inlet 5.1 are Inlet 8 are getting problematic but still we carry on. Look in Digs in Boggart Youtubes for the latest videos
22 February 2014
Boggarts have been down at Box Mine near Bath - all easy walking and scrambling but interesting with many artifacts, ex MOD areas and a nice picture of a donkey. Ken Geddes’s picture above nearly won a prize in a local photographic competition. There is the chance of another trip down there on 8 March. Follow the link to see what it is like down there.
6 February 2014
Pete Monk in Ashnott mine on July 6th 1963 and in the same place more recently - well not that recently - July 16th 2009. At long last the description and survey of our 2009 explorations are complete. Follow the link.
18 January 2014
When we arrived at Inlet 5.1 in Notts II yesterday the collapse was even bigger. Are we digging underneath a surface shaft?
9 January 2014
Descending a mine shaft near Ben Scar on 8 January. See more pictures in the Photo Gallery
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