Saturday, 26 July 2014

A rather dry trip to Little Neath River Cave

The original plan was a trip into Porth Yr Ogof to make the most of the current warm dry spell, but over breakfast we decided on a change of venue and a trip into Little Neath River Cave. We arrived at the entrance to find very little water flowing in and with the sun out the water was pleasantly warm. A standard route in was followed down to look at Mud Hall and Sump One before we approached the Canal. Water here was much lower than normal, and we found it difficult to float very far, which made for an awkward crawl. We headed down to Sump 2 which did not look very enticing with crusts floating on top. Heading out we followed Canal Bypass and too a detour into North East Inlet Series. We followed a lead that had been missed on our previous trip into some nice passage, where we thought we had completed this section. Referring to the survey when we got back showed there is still plenty to have a go at here (after a very low crawl..) The way out was completed following all the low wet crawls, where we met my mate the rather large brown trout again.

North East Inlet Series - Little Neath River Cave
Lucy Collins - Approach to Bouncing Boulder Hall

Lower Main Streamway - Little Neath River Cave
Lucy Collins - Lower Main Streamway

Lower Main Streamway - Little Neath River Cave
Mike Bonner - Lower Main Streamway

Lower Main Streamway - Little Neath River Cave
Mike Bonner - Lower Main Streamway

North East Inlet Series - Little Neath River Cave
Lucy Collins - North East Inlet Series

The water was pleasantly warm, but we really needed more of it...

Present: Mike Bonner, Lucy Collins and Brendan Marris

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