14th April 2012

After a break for Easter and family type things, including a caving trip with the kids to Brownes’ Hole, Stoke St. Michael, a return to the delights of Hallowe’en Rift.

Pictured above is one of the young’uns exiting Brownes’ Grotto, Stoke St. Michael on east Mendip.

After some discussion we have decided to modify the tube by removing the ‘rib’ of rock in the floor at the point where the left tube diverges from the right. This will eventually enable work to continue along the right side where the strongest draught emanates. I can get through the squeeze but cannot get into a position where I can work effectively. Removal of the the ‘rock rib’ also means that Alex will be able to get to the end. We have also modified the top of Witches Cauldron to make it easier for hauling the skip when clearing spoil.

Following a conversation with the farmer, the gates were locked because some young livestock were being turned out onto the hill and they can be a little bit frisky for a while until they get used to the great outdoors.

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist