A Yorkshire Dales cave popular with potholers is in a “dangerous” state after damage caused by recent heavy floods.
The ‘Hole in the Floor’ shakehole – an entrance to Langstroth Pot near Yockenthwaite – has been cleared, but remains in a poor condition.
According to the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, “Great care should be taken if entering Langstroth Pot by this route.”
A message on the website of Bradford-based White Rose Pothole Club explains, “Due to heavy floods over the past year the middle of the Hole In The Floor shakehole is collapsing into the fault it was formed on.
“In the past month two slabs of rock have been cleared from below the entrance that were blocking the passage forward. The rock is fractured here and is being undermined by the floodwater. Also the crawl beyond is filling with rubble as is the chamber below the vertical squeeze. Anybody using this entrance to Langstroth Pot please take EXTREME CARE.”