What Mendip Thinks Today….

The fact-finding commission of the N.C.A. have visited
Mendip as part of their work in trying to find out what ordinary cavers think
about N.C.A.  We hear that they went out
of their way to make sure that they contacted as many and as great a range of
cavers as they could, visiting places like Goatchurch, where they might expect
to find non-club cavers.

From all accounts, they found their average Mendip caver far
better informed than were cavers from other parts of the country.  More to the point, they found that the views
of those they spoke to were remarkably uniform and very much in line with the
views as expressed in the Southern Council.

Perhaps the theory that those who have taken up strong and
definite positions on the subject at the Southern Council are just a collection
of crackpots, trying to push their way out ideas may now be revised. Perhaps,
the views of Mendip cavers may even be listened to!

Unresolved Problem

The letter from Graham, printed in this B.B., raises to my
mind some very fundamental questions. The whole structure of regional councils, and hence N.C.A., was
originally brought into being because of the difficulties experienced by some
Northern clubs in dealing with the landowners of some of the Yorkshire fells
over questions of access to the potholes. It now seems that the C.N.C.C. has been faced with a situation in which
some cavers are jeopardising the arrangements they have reached with the landowners,
but have not been able to resolve the matter.

The existence of a political structure in caving has caused
many problems and has made some of us spend much time that could have been put
to better use, so that we can make as sure as we can that the structure remains
our servant and does not become our master. In spite of having to spend time in this way, many of us have come round
to the idea that the councils are worth having, if only to enable caving to
defend itself against pressures from the outside.  This conclusion is one which has, in some
cases, only been reluctantly agreed and there is a danger that if councils show
themselves unable to deal with the very matters for which they were formed
originally, then more and more people will wonder whether the whole idea is
worth the time and effort spend on it. We must hope that the matters reported by Graham will, in fact, be
sorted out.

Who Wrote What

Figures for the 1975 B.B. (Vol 29) are now available.  The volume comprised 236 pages – a drop of 20
pages on the 1974 B.B.  The contribution
of authors was down by 5½ pages to 143½ pages, but the percentage written by
authors was up by 3% to 61% of the total.

Even fewer people wrote half the total authors contribution
in 1975.  ‘Wig,’ Mike Wheadon and Malcolm
Jarrett wrote half the 143½ pages between them. In 1974 it took four authors to do this. They were ‘Wig’ (still top) Andy Nichols (now 12th) Bob Cross (now 22nd)
and Graham Wilton-Jones (still 4th). Incidentally, the Wilton-Jones family taken as a whole came third this
year with 14½ pages between them.

If anyone is interest in a ‘Top Ten’, they were, for 1975: –
First, ‘Wig’; Second, Mike Wheadon; Third, Malcolm Jarrett; Fourth, Graham
Wilton-Jones; Fifth, Colin Priddle; Sixth, Derek Sanderson, Tim Reynolds, Chris
Howell and Janet Setterington; Tenth, Andy Sparrow.


Gordon Tilly

memory of Gordon, it has been suggested that an appeal for donations be
launched for the Society for the Physically Handicapped.  Please send any donation to ‘Wig’


Ireland 1975

This article is described by its
author – Ian Calder is ‘A rather belated account of a trip last summer.’ –
Better belated than never!

A group of us from South Wales decided to see what some of
the Irish caves were like, so one Saturday in August we set out for that centre
of the West – Fishguard.

After a rough crossing to Rosslaire and the inevitable two
hours delay, we set off again for County Clare in the early evening.  A Morris 1000 with three adults, two children
and gear for a week is no place for spending four and a half hours on bumpy
Irish roads, definitely a journey to forget. Anyway, we arrived at Lisdoonvarna at midnight to find the place heaving
with people.  It was, of course, chucking
out time, as we were soon to learn.  We
had been told of a campsite at Fanore, and so made our way over dirt tracks,
ending up at the site an hour and a half later having been given ‘directions’
by a helpful native who was holding up a pub along the way!

The next day – or was it the same day? – having been woken
at around nine o’clock owing to small children, the five of us eventually took
off to look at the Doolin River Cave.  We
rigged the Fisherstreet Pot and went down St. Catherine’s I and after a
smallish entrance series which seemed to enlarge very uniformly, we found the
main system of magnificent canyon passage and fine formations.  What a joy to see untouched and un-taped
stal.  Having crossed under the Aille
River, we found the Fisherstreet Pot, had a look towards the sump nearly under
the beach, and managed to arrive at O’Connor’s at Doolin for a 5.30 p.m. Sunday
Guinness.  It certainly lives up to its
reputation and we took good advantage of the licensing hours.

The next day, we had an excellent through trip
Pollnua-Polnagollum-Poulelva.  We
abseiled into Polnagollum Pot off a rather doubtful chock, only to discover it
was much easier to climb out, go round, and then descend without any tackle
being necessary.  At least we never left
the cave, although we did manage to find a way to the 90 foot, pitch of
Poulelva and exit there, having rigged it before hand.  Back to the site for a swim and some
food.  The beach here is very good and
the surf was exhilarating at least while we were there.  The fact that the caves were there as well
was almost an added bonus.

We even struggled off to a cave the day after, although the
Guinness was beginning to get through by now, and had a look at the Coolagh
River Cave.  We didn’t get very far
inside owing to the fact that there seemed to be too much crawling for our
physical condition.  We had also been
warned that this cave was liable to rapid and severe flooding and so our
natural idleness and cowardice took us off to the nearest pub to restore our
spirits.  We did walk a little over the
‘burren’ – a wild and desolate area of bare limestone, but saw nothing which
even remotely resembled a cave. Sickening!

My last excursion underground was into Collaun 5, and I can
certainly recommend this cave to anyone. It is possible to do an exchange trip if you can find the right
entrances.  Our maps, being some sixty
years out of date, weren’t very helpful. The main entrance (5) is by the road and easy.  A couple of us tried to find 5d and only
after an hour and a half of hunting did we stumble upon it.  For anybody who wants to look for this
entrance I can only say that it is by a fence and very close to the edge of the
NOW forest.  We joined up inside the cave
and decided to bottom it.  This was well
worth the effort.  There are some
magnificently decorated ox-bows and the end is quite large, although it closes
down to very unstable-looking boulder choke.

We returned via opposite routes and I am glad to say that
the others had almost as much difficulty in picking up the road once they were
out of 5d than we had going the other way.

Others went to see the stal in Pol an Ionian, whilst I
baby-sat, but that pretty well sums up the active side of our Ireland
visit.  Thanks to ‘Wig’ for his
information and helpful hints beforehand!


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We have three letters of some
importance this month.

The first letter is the one which
has already been mentioned in the editorial from Graham Wilton-Jones.

Dear Alfie,

On Saturday, February 7th, a special meeting of all member
clubs of C.N.C.C. was held at Ingleton. The meeting was advertised with the sensationalist headline POTHOLING
because several events have occurred recently which could have serious
consequences upon caving in Yorkshire. Specifically, they are:-

a.                  The landowner of LECK FELL is making things
difficult for cavers.

b.                  There have been two rescues from BIRKS FELL
CAVE.  Both parties were ‘pirating’
access and both were in the close season.

c.                  There has been a great deal of pirating on
PENYGHENT.  The landowner has recently
died, and therefore it is at present very difficult to negotiate a new access

Thirty three clubs were represented at the meeting.  This was utter chaos.  Club representatives were asked if their
committees could guarantee or prevent their member from pirating access
agreement.  Only nineteen said that they
could.  Of the fourteen who said that
they could no, or would not, one representative – a diver from Preston C.C. –
admitted to being the ‘phantom diver’ who had pirated several dives in the
north, and assured the meeting that he would continue his present practice of
disregarding all access agreements. Another representative, also a member of C.R.O., backed up his
view.  Uproar naturally ensued.  After three hours, the meeting was ended,
nothing having been achieved.

In the view of some of us Southerners, we face a number of possibilities:-

a.                  Cavers will continue to pirate access on an
increasing scale until landowners, fed up with all this, will begin to block
entrances almost irretrievably.  This has
been done before.

b.                  Landowners will find it necessary to gate caves
– a difficult and expensive process, almost impossible in many cases – and
certain cavers have assured the C.N.C.C. that they will use bang to destroy
such gates.  This would lead to ALL
cavers bang licences being withdrawn – a simple matter for the authorities concerned.

c.                  Landowners will prosecute trespassers and the

d.                  Landowners will finally realize that money is to
be made out of cavers.

This last is the most likely, for certain cavers are NOT
prepared to sit around waiting for committees to sort out impossible access
agreements.  They are already impossible
in that cavers are not able to ensure that all other cavers will comply with
the access regulations.  Cavers basically
want to cave and, whether they think so or not, they are prepared to pay to do

For myself, it costs me at least £5 travelling for a Mendip
weekend; £8 for South Wales and at least £10 for Yorkshire.  Other cavers must be in a similar position
over travelling costs.  My caving gear is
worth about £115 plus a further £125 for rope. These amounts are not unusual.  At
these prices, I see no reason against paying, say, £1 per head for a caving
trip in Yorkshire.

What will happen if landlords realise that caves are a
source of income?  Someone only has to
offer money on one occasion, and the avalanche has started – soon to spread
throughout the fells.  I, for one, would
consider myself far better off under these circumstances as a caver.  No longer the bother of booking up weeks or
months in advance:  We’re almost back to
the days when a friendly word at a farmhouse door is all that is required –
plus a few of those green things and spontaneous caving is back, just as it
still exists on Mendip.

Our club is affiliated to C.N.C.C. and although we have no
voting rights, we are clearly deeply involved in such matters as this.  Other people within the club must have their
own views.  Let’s hear them.



The next letter is from Tim
Large, the Caving Secretary, who has comments to make about the N.C.A. Equipment
Committee.  He writes as follows:-

Dear Alfie,

I would like to add my comments to those already published
in recent B.B.’s concerning the N.C.A. Equipment committee.

Like Dave, I too am concerned about the ideas of such a
committee for much the same reasons, but would now like to look at the question
from a caver’s point of view.

On the whole, the available equipment (be it ropes, krabs,
descendeurs etc.) is of a very good standard. The manufacturers are well aware of the reliance placed on their
products and have long experience in dealing with climbing and caving
requirements.  In this respect, the
committee has its purpose, as I see it, in passing on cavers needs to the
manufacturers and to publicise any information regarding faulty items that do
get on to the retail market.

It seems to me that the N. C.A. equipment committee was
primarily instigated with the advent of S.R.T. and its ever increasing
popularity.  O.K.  So, like everything else, there are teething
problems with these new techniques (as there were with electron ladders
initially) but these were overcome.

Now I know you are going to say “Yes, but there has
been this accident or that, so we must needs improve our tackle.”  Well, go ahead!  Caving is a pastime which attracts independent
minds and inventive skills – so modify your equipment yourself!

The main fault, and I would suggest reason, for recent
accidents (particularly with regard to S.R.T.) are the bad techniques employed
when using tackle.  Ropes are not meant
to be rubbed against sharp limestone with a hundred and fifty pounds swinging
on the end.  They should be belayed in
such a position that they hang free or should be protected in some way if this
is not possible.  A classic example of
this problem is the present belaying points in Rhino Rift.  It would not surprise me to hear of a rope
breaking down there, through what can only amount to misuse.  In Rhino’s case it may prove difficult to
provide free-hanging belay points, but not impossible for those who value their

Think back, over past caving trips, to all those small
incidents that could have proved disastrous – screw gate not done up, hence the
krab opens up when passed against the rock. Knots not tied correctly. Rawlbolts not fitted correctly. Whistle signals not known by all members of the party, hence lifelines
go slack and someone peels.  The list
could go on.  It all points to
incompetence or misuse in the handling of tackle and NOT to actual tackle
failures.  It may take more time to do
things properly, but surely this is half the pleasure to be able to overcome an
obstacle as safely as possible.  I know
there are those amongst us who like to gallop around caves at high speed –
which is very enjoyable providing that you are competent to do so, both with regard
to your own safety and the preservation of the cave.

S.R.T. has become the ‘in’ thing because, so many would have
us believe, it saves time and means less tackle to carry – assuming you live to
carry it out!  If done safely, within the
limitations of the ropes available, S.R.T. can still be a useful method in
certain circumstances.  Of course, it
would be very nice to have a hard wearing, high tensile strength, low stretch,
anti-spin rope for S. R. T. and, given time, I am sure the manufacturers could produce
something – but at a price!  I suggest
that the price would be so high as to make it commercially impracticable to
develop.  Whereas, by the use of
currently available ropes and by treating them respectfully with good rope
techniques and by discarding such ropes at regular intervals, the current ropes
would prove satisfactory, as I have no doubt many people have found out.

So, once more I say that the value of an Equipment Committee
is very limited and, certainly as far as I am concerned, would NOT include
providing testing facilities for any equipment. This committee, and the N.C.A. as a whole, do what cavers want, and
would do well to remember that those elected to the various committees are
merely acting as the cavers’ mouthpiece – to be given teeth only when we, the
active cavers, desire it.  Long live the
true spirit of independent caving.

Yours very sincerely,
Tim Large.

Note:     I would go even further, and
suggest that if the intention is merely to inform manufacturers of the needs of
cavers, or to inform cavers of the products of manufacturers, it hardly needs a
committee, since the job can easily be handled by one man.  On the other hand, the publicising of faulty
products is something which has to be approached very warily indeed, since it
has to be proved that the product was being used at all times within the
limitations laid down by the manufacturer and was not subject to any form of
abuse.  The remainder of Tim’s letter
shows how difficult this might be to prove.

Another danger implied by Tim is that some form of
‘official’ approval by an N.C.A. committee might give the impression that there
was no need for the normal care of equipment once it had been approved.  One final point – the whistle code Tim
mentions is S.U.D. in case any caver feels too proud to ask.  One blast for STOP, two for UP and three for


Now, a member’s views on another
controversial subject that of school caving and affiliation of such bodies to
caving clubs.

Dear Alfie,

Re school caving groups becoming affiliated to the
B.E.C.  Here are one or two thoughts I
would like to raise:-

  1. I
    voted with the rest at the A.G.M. against any certification in the caving
    world – but if no alternative is offered, and offered quickly, Local
    Education Authorities will force the certification issue.
  2. Any
    vetting scheme of teachers as to their competence (whether this is done by
    B.A.C.I. or by C.S.C.C.) is tantamount to a certificate.  Do we really want to see caver assessing
    caver?  Isn’t this an invidious
  3. We
    all basically deplore non-cavers or idiots (not the same thing, surely!)
    having anything to do with novice caving trips whether from school or not.
  4. Whether
    people agree with caving from schools or not, it is happening and is
    probably on the increase  again,
    whether we like it or not.
  5. Have
    we any more right to discourage schools rather than geologists or
    employees of Bristol Waterworks?  Do
    we really want the right to forbid to anyone what we ourselves enjoy?  Who is to judge whether schools spoil
    caves or whether cavers do.  The
    muddy Land marks on the stal in the Great Chamber in G.B. were surely not
    put there by novice school parties – led or un-led.
  6. We
    have a chance of allowing schools to become affiliated to the B.E.C. and
    thus a chance to influence this group of cave users.  Note, to influence them – not to pass
    judgment on them.  To pass on
    informed opinion and creative ideas.  If we let this chance go by, we may never again be able to
    influence this group in the same way.  If this happens, don’t bellyache in five years time when we all
    have to have a certificate.

Ian Calder.

Ian’s letter deserves a fairly lengthy comment, because it
raises a number of points about which some members are known to feel strongly,
but which I suspect they may not be informed of the present situation.  Taking Ian’s letter paragraph by paragraph:-

  1. It
    is true that the club voted in no uncertain terms against any form of
    certification.  Most other clubs on
    Mendip feel the same way, as does the Southern Council in
    consequence.  In order to PREVENT
    the spread of certification, the Southern Council published its own
    booklet called CAVING FOR BEGINNERS in which it made it quite clear that caving
    was not a competitive sport and that all forms of certification were
    unnecessary.  Instead, it suggested
    in informal scheme for keeping an eye on novices such as schoolboys.  Thus, an alternative WAS offered quite
    some time ago.
  2. However,
    Somerset Local Education Authority (L.E.A.) could not accept this.  The reason is that they must have some
    sort of competence standard.  This
    means, as Ian puts it, caver assessing caver.  Thus, the ONLY choice open to Mendip
    clubs, through the Southern Council, is either to find a compromise
    acceptable to the Somerset L.E.A. and to the caving clubs or to wash their
    hands of the whole affair.  If this
    latter is done, then Somerset will go it alone and produce a scheme which
    has nothing at all to do with local clubs.  NOTHING AT ALL.  Thus, we
    will have no opportunity to influence, to moderate extreme ideas, to apply
    our experience.
  3. This
    being so, the Southern Council have been negotiating with Somerset L.E.A.
    and have now reached the stage of having a compromise solution, which will
    be put to the next Southern Council meeting.  One of the points is that any leader
    shall be a caver first and a school leader second.  This answers Ian’s 3rd paragraph.
  4. What
    has been said so far shows that Ian is right his assessment here.
  5. With
    the greatest respect to Ian, I think he has missed the point here.  I don’t think that anyone wants the
    right to forbid people going caving.  What we should be trying to do is to convince schools and other
    bodies that it is one thing to make caving trips available for those who
    are genuinely interested and quite another thing to pressurise people into
    caving.  As Ian says, damage to
    caves will occur in any case and the more people involved, the greater the
    damage.  Therefore, we only ought to
    have the people who really WANT to go down caves and not those who have
    been talked into it.  This is one
    direction where we must try to use our influence
  6. Firmly
    written into the proposed agreement with the Somerset L.E.A. is the
    participation of local caving clubs.  Indeed, the wording has now been so arranged that the B.E.C. no
    longer have to make the decision as to whether to permit formal
    affiliation, or not.  As for the
    spread of certification, it may well be that when their blokes and our blokes
    have got to know each other enough it may even be possible to persuade the
    L.E.A. to come even more into line with what the caving clubs would like
    to see and to progress towards the ideals of CAVING FOR BEGINNERS.

I hope that these remarks may go some way towards putt’
Ian’s and other members minds at rest on this subject.  Any further correspondence will, of course,
be welcome.


Belfry Jobs

A list sent in by the Belfry Engineer, who hopes that members
will take the hint!

If you are not sure what needs doing, after reading this
list of jobs, please see either the Hut Warden or the Belfry Engineer.  You will probably need to bring your own
tools, and if materials are needed, get them yourself and give us the
bill.  If you do not feel like doing any
of the jobs yourself, come along to a working weekend with tools (if you have
any) and the Hut Warden or Engineer will show you what needs doing – or write
in for information.

1.                  Scrub down walls and ceilings to remove grease

2.                  Plaster wall by front door.

3.                  Cold water supply to Women’s Room needs
connecting up in the attic.

4.                  Tidy up attic and re-lay insulation (see Hut
Warden for key of the attic.)

5.                  Installation of two airbricks or similar ventilating
bricks between library and Men’s Room and between library and main room.

6.                  Scrubbing down paintwork on lockers

7.                  Fixing bunks in Women’s Room securely to the

8.                  Levelling floor in main shower room.

9.                  Washing floor in main room.

10.              Building a wall across the car park from the
manhole cover by the front door to the drinking pond.  The foundations for this wall are already in

11.              Levelling the ground and tidying up outside

12.              A drystone wall needs building at the end of the
car park adjacent to the drinking pond to retain hardcore. Use existing half
blocks from rubble pile which has been levelled.

Plus, of course, anything else which looks as if it ought to
be done – only please check first before you do it in case your ideas clash
with any plans the Hut Warden or the Hut Engineer may have.  The committee recently agreed to spend some
money on making the Belfry a better place to stay at – but your help is needed
so that we can spend our money sensibly and get value for it.


New finds in Valley Entrance


From the ‘terminal’ chamber of Cascade Inlet, as described
in ‘Northern Caves’ (Whernside & Tragareth), two notable extensions have
recently been discovered.  One of these,
a continuation of the thirty foot climb to an inlet on the right hand side of
the chamber, is adequately described in ‘Descent’ No 32.

The other starts off as a muddy and somewhat unstable route
through the boulder choke from which the Main Water emerges.  After a short squeeze up through boulders to
the right of the stream entry, one enters a small mucky cavern sloping steeply
upwards and consisting partly of loose boulders.  Care is needed here, as anything dislodged
will funnel straight down into the squeeze. A further climb up through boulders at the top left hand side of this
chamber leads to a similar cavern with a mud and boulder strewn floor.  From here, the way on is forward and to the
right, dropping down between the boulders into an impressive flat roofed tunnel
which continues for a disappointingly short distance before becoming too
low.  Tributary streams enter it from
impenetrable fissures to the left and right.

The only exit from this tunnel is an obvious inlet on the
right at the start of the larger passage. A thrutch over a rocking boulder marks the beginning of this fine
meandering stream trench, which is about four feet high and has some large
blocks at intervals which create some interesting crawls at roof level.  Finally, in a small sandy chamber, the roof
dips sharply to tight bedding with two miniature rock arches creating an
interesting tight duck for about three feet. Beyond this, a short tube followed by a squeeze leads to a high passage
at right angles.  This continues under a
high chamber with a washed out shale band containing many fine straws.  It then swings to the left and for a very
short distance resumes the proportions of the earlier stream trench.

Here, the way forks. To the left, one enters an area of bedding and boulder chaos, the
threshold of which is blocked by a magnificent static pool of crystal-clear
water.  Reflected in this is a delightful
array of straws.  No doubt, this will not
be allowed to remain like it is for long.

The right fork of the passage is the main route consists of
a rift, sloping steeply upwards through mud and over boulder obstacles until,
after levelling out for a short way, the passage abruptly chokes.  At this point the stream is once again
encountered, trickling down through pools in a high rift which joins the
passage at right angles.  Traversing at
different levels becomes increasingly difficult as the slippery walls of the
rift begin to close in.  Eventually, it
becomes too tight.

It would appear that this passage ends in a region somewhere
near Thorny Pot and, apart from adding on a sizeable chunk to the already
varied and extensive West Kingsdale system, it will be an inviting prospect for
further exploration, with the possibility of pushing a route through to a top
entrance, thus creating yet another through trip in the system.

Dave Metcalfe.



Some items of news from the Sec.

Although the committee has been progressing the event since
last October, the time is rapidly approaching when we must come to a decision
about this year’s dinner and therefore I feel that we should test the
membership response via the columns of the B.B.

Following last year’s dinner came two complaints mainly,
objections to the venue and objection as to the menu.  To try to overcome these objections, the club
approached many restaurant organisations to get their, response to putting on a
reasonable dinner for the 200 or so of us at a reasonable price.  We have had NO offers to date.

In addition to the complaints of venue, there has been a
suggestion from some members that we emulate more our roar northerly cousins
and include a ‘stomp’ or disco with dinner. Yet a further suggestion is that we hold a buffet dinner coupled with a
dance.  My assessment, after talking to a
few members is that none of these would be popular, but your views would be

The situation at present is as follows: – We cannot have the
next dinner at the Blue School as it is fully booked for October and has now
become very expensive.  We have
therefore, in the absence of response from any other caterer, asked Arthur Laws
to research possible locations for the next dinner and submit menus and
costs.  Two possible locations are
Glastonbury Town Hall and the new centre at Shepton Mallet.

We are hoping that the next dinner will be up to our
normally high standards and will include the traditional entertainment, which
was clearly missed last year.  So if you
have any thoughts, please let the committee know.

Whether or not we are losing members at a similar rate to
our acceptance of newcomers, I cannot say but we have over the past couple of
months managed to trap one errant back into the fold and recruited several new

New members are:

Alistair Simpson: 30 Channel
Heights, Bleadon Hill, Weston S.M.
David Lampard: Woodpeckers, 11 Springfield Pk Rd, Horsham, Sussex
Steven Woolven: 21 Three Acres, Horsham, Sussex.
Ken Roebuck: c/o P.O.’s Mess, H.M.S. Daedalus, Lee on Solent, Hants.
Nick Thorne: 20 Hawkers Lane, Wells, Somerset.
Peter Shearman: Wood View, Grayfield, High Littleton, Bath.
Jim Andrews: 43 Portway, Wells, Somerset
Graham Nye: 7 Ramsey Close, Horsham, Sussex.
Andrew Higginbottom: Warana, Hill Lea Gardens, Cheddar.

Barrie Wilton would like to advise that this is your last
chance to own a B.E.C. car badge at the £1.75 price.  If you don’t get your bid in quickly, you’ll
have to pay more or the same item in future.

John Dukes’s next working weekend is planned for the 8/9 of
May, so roll up and help make the Belfry better.

‘Sett’ is once again organising a weekend for older club
members to meet each other.  This year it
will be from Friday, 11th June to Sunday 13th June.


Monthly Crossword – Number 65



















































































6. Suitable place for post in
G.B. (6,3)
7. See 1 across and 12 down. (6)
10. Large number of high cave passages form typical mine working! (6)
13. Lion ate me – erratically, one imagines! (9)


1. and 7. Well known Mendip
underground place. (3,6)
2. Starting point for worrying, if not met. (1,1,1)
3. Ore train found on certain edge perhaps. (9)
4. Die down perhaps with Bertie in the middle. (5)
5. Passage type found in G.B., Swildons, Stoke. (2-3)
8. Optimum state of affairs found after affectionate plural in Hunters. (5).
9.  Make of 10 across sounds young. (5)
11. 9 down and cavers both do this. (3)
12. and 7.  Contrasting place to 1 and 7
in same cave. (3)

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