Wednesday 5th September 2012
Start Point : Selside (SD 783 758)
Distance : 3.4 miles Height Ascended : 140 metres
Situated beneath Simon Fell and the eastern flanks of Ingleborough, Alum Pot is a large and deep pothole near the hamlet of Selside in Upper
Ribblesdale. Surrounded by trees and a drystone wall, this dark abyss is accessible only to experienced cavers and potholers, who enter the
Alum Pot system either down the gaping chasm of the main shaft, or via the nearby Long Churn and Diccan Pot cave systems (to which Alum
Pot is connected). This walk explores the main surface features and is subject to a 50p access fee payable at nearby Selside Farm
Penyghent from the beginning of the old quarry track leading up to Alum Pot.
The dry(ish) valley below the walled enclosure surrounding Alum Pot.
Alum Pot Beck falls into the huge surface opening of Alum Pot.
Alum Pot is a spectacular vertical shaft - considered to be one of the best in the district.
The entrance to
The plantation of trees surrounding Alum Pot .
.the prominent hills in the
Limestone pavement close to the site of the
The late evening sun lights up the limestone
pavement and silhouettes Penyghent.
Looking northeastwards over the site of the
Another view of the Alum Pot walled enclosure.
Simon Fell from lower Alum Pot Beck.