Sunday, 22 March 2015

A long walk to Carreg Lem

We decided to make the most of the fine weather on Sunday to take a walk and have a look at Ogof Carreg Lem. The cave is located a few hundred metres north of Sinc Y Giedd which makes this quite a walk in from the carpark at Dan Yr Ogof. We set off on the 4km walk taking a scenic route to pick up a few cave features as we headed up the mountain and then round to the large shakehole the cave in located in. The entrance was uncovered and we made our way one by one down through the massive boulders of the entrance choke. The cave was remarkably dry with only a small trickle of water passing through the choke. The long flat ceiling of the large entrance chamber was covered with thousands of water droplets giving the effect of a starry sky above you. We first explored the two branches of the left hand series, but found that Mark was the only one who could post his legs around a very tight corner in one of the passages. We waited for him to report back that this ended at a crawl under a massive boulder propped up by sand. We then took a few photos in the entrance chamber before heading off down the main right hand series. This was followed past some extensive digs to find a flat out crawl Mark and Jess both tried to get through, but was going to need a little digging to get us through, so was left for another day.

Entrance Chamber - Ogof Carreg Lem
Jess in the Entrance Chamber - Ogof Carreg Lem (Photo - Brendan Marris)

Entrance Chamber - Ogof Carreg Lem
Jess in the Entrance Chamber - Ogof Carreg Lem (Photo - Mark Burkey)

Entrance Chamber - Ogof Carreg Lem
Jess in the Entrance Chamber - Ogof Carreg Lem (Photo - Brendan Marris)

Entrance Chamber - Ogof Carreg Lem
Jess in the Entrance Chamber - Ogof Carreg Lem (Photo - Brendan Marris)

We headed back via a slightly different route taking a look at Sinc Y Giedd and Pwll Dwfn on the way.

Present: Mark Burkey, Jess Burkey and Brendan Marris

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