Dave Pass


To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Been Before


6 miles of passages are dry
On Casterton Fell in June
Kirkby Lonsdale is close by
Ease Gill flows into the Lune

We wandered up a dry stream bed
Which had cut through limestone rock
We went into a cave that led
To a crawl and then a block

“I can’t get through” Paul said to me
But I thought I’d have a nose
The gap was tight but I could see
That beyond the ceiling rose

Feet first into the slot I went
A squeeze but then room to stand
I turned and looked and then I bent
I could move the floor by hand

I braced and pulled the slab to me
Down it slid, more space was left
Paul followed now the way was free
New to man – this secret cleft

Past stalactites and down a pot
To a chamber underground
In ’63 that was the lot
A way through was later found

Submitted: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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Discovery of a new cave, previously 'Borehole' was only a small chamber.

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