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Lead or Rumour info - Buckfastleigh church and limestone tunnels. Devon

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Kingpin, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Kingpin

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    Hey people. I'm looking for information on the 3.5km of limestone tunnels which run underneath the old burnt out church at Buckfastleigh. On east of Dartmoor, Devon.

    Obviously I have been scouring the internet for an idea of accessibility. But there isn't a lot of information at all. Other than the fact that they are on the private grounds of the nearby abby. And have never been, or will be open to the public.
    The caves themselves are apparently small and narrow at least at first. And it sounds as if ropes etc might be needed to venture right into them.

    Wondering if anyone on here has any first hand experience? As I'd love to go have a look!
     

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    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm buckfast :crazy
     
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    ^ This
     
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    Have you read Dartmoor Crosses?

    A lot of information can be found on the Baker's Pit, a phreatic maze cave system. Not too hard to find, after all :rolleyes:
     
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    I wasn't aware it was called 'bakers pit'. So that helps. Thanks. And I guess these results answer my question about having to have ropes etc, as opposed to just exploring with a camera/torch. Looks like quite advanced exploration! :(
     
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    Some more info here Peter Glanvill - Photography, Caving, Diving could be worth a look, to see how far it goes before ropes are required
     
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    There are a couple of cave systems under the church. The one you are referring to as a money spinner is reeds cave, this is only accessible for a small amount of time as bats use it as a roost. As far as I'm aware they don't let joe public in. There are a quite a few decorative formations in there, including the stalactite- meet-stalagmite "little man"

    A second cave also situated in the same old quarry is only very short, and is where lots of old prehistoric finds had been located, so more of a rock shelter

    The other cave is bakers pit, which is accessed from the field opposite the church. A locked concrete shaft connects to a ladder going down around 20m into the cave. It is a well used cave by clubs and extends quite a long way. If you go in the upper series in the cave, as you get to the highest point, you actually start to see bits of wood from coffins from an old collapse... The cave doesn't require any use of srt, well I've never used any in there

    This is a proper cave rather than urbex site. The key holders and "guardians" of the cave are the pengelly trust, which have a visitor centre and bunkhouse opposite reeds cave, in the base of the old quarry at the bottom of the hill.
     
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