Swildons hole

Beyond Sump 1

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About Beyond Sump 1

This trip offers a chance to explore the most famous cave in Priddy. Its active streamway makes it fun in almost any weather when visiting sump1.

This trip offers a chance to explore the most famous cave in Priddy. Its active streamway makes it fun in almost any weather when visiting sump 1. On the way down you will be challenged with a range of obstacles with watery climbs and snug and open passageway to negotiate. A 20ft waterfall will be pre rigged for ease but waiting is to be expected. Further down, more water filled pots and descending watery passageway lead you to some impressively large passageway and avens to view. The ease of progress at times allows for exploration and experimentation of skills. With optional ways to ascend the waterfall and optional routes to take to the same place, fun is also possible.
Once at the sump, plenty of room allows the less brave to sit comfortably and wait while more adventurous cavers disappear under the water into the sump.
Beyond the sump, steady progress can be made by following the streamway down to look at sump 2.
Options here for more advanced trips include the Black hole series, Vicarage pot, and the reverse round trip.
All in all, a cave for everyone. A must see cave for the new explorer.

Photo Credit: Leigh Slomer

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intermediate

3 hours

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