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Photo Gallery :: Water Icicle Close Cavern


Water Icicle Close Cavern has been fascinating cavers for many years. The entrance is a 105' deep, hand-picked shaft mine shaft, which enters the main cave exactly on the junction of three natural cave passages - all of which terminated after a short distance. The old Derbyshire lead miners must have originally entered by another route, but there is no sign of this today. Several groups have attempted to find the cave passage that surely existed beyond the known limits of the cave, but without success - until in 2009, members of the Orpheus Caving Club managed to dig through the terminal choke at the end of the North West passage. This series of photos was taken on a trip to visit the new extensions.

Phreatic tube in Water Icicle Close extensions
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An absolutely classic phreatic tube in the Water Icicle Close extensions. Note the protruding rock on the left hand wall. One theory is that such features are the result of an ancient volcano in nearby Chelmorton ejecting volcanic bombs.
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