Wednesday 5th September 2012

 

Start Point : Selside  (SD 783 758)

                   

Distance : 3.4 miles          Height Ascended : 140 metres

 

Route Map

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 Diccan Cave.

 

Lower Long Churn Cave (entrance) as seen from the exit of Upper Long Churn Cave.

 

Upper Long Churn Cave exit.

 

The plantation of trees surrounding Alum Pot…………………….

 

…………………………….the prominent hills in the background - Cam Fell, Plover Hill and Penyghent.

 

Limestone pavement close to the site of the entrance of Upper Long Churn Cave.

 

The late evening sun lights up the limestone

pavement and silhouettes Penyghent.

 

Over Upper Ribblesdale.

 

Upper Long Churn Cave entrance.

 

…………….and again.

 

Looking northeastwards over the site of the entrance to Upper Long Churn Cave.

 

Another view of the Alum Pot walled enclosure.

 

Simon Fell from lower Alum Pot Beck.