21m. Starts at the inset slab on the right under the arch. Climb to the roof and move left to gain the slab on the other side (crux) then diagonally up to the chimney/hole. Wriggle upwards to the final tight squeeze out into the daylight.

R.McElligott, R.Hoare 1984

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dmorgan27 05/Nov Lead

Lowered of from cave. Great to here but the slot looks too narrow for me!

JC95Evans 14/Sep 2nd O/S
Lizard Ollie 14/Sep Lead O/S

For those interested in re-living those first moments of life as you are ejected from your mother's womb, this route would not disappoint. 10/10 and 3* for hilarity alone

subdir 26/Aug 2nd O/S

Quite an experience, not exactly recommendable as I am not bulky at all and still got stuck where the chimney narrows. Initial slab is nice and entering the chimney demands some decent balancing technique, then end of the climbing and start of a brutal fight for progression... only did this because Rob insisted, watch out for my revenge mate...

with Rob, Andy
Rob892 26/Aug 2nd
jshields 19/Aug Lead

To the lower off.

Chris Oldfield 05/Aug 2nd O/S
with Dave Smith, James Buckley
southern_smit 05/Aug Lead

great fun

Thomas Healing 06/Jul Lead G/U
with Stu Edwards, Dom Mahon
Hidden 28/May 2nd
cwhyatt 26/May Lead rpt
with Tim hindel, Boo Dickinson
steve_gibbs 21/May Lead O/S
with catty_9
catty_9 21/May 2nd O/S

This route is awesome!

KatOstrich 21/May Lead O/S

Lead with preplaced gear. Most fun I've had in a long time

with Camilla
paulerussell 13/May 2nd O/S
with George Palmer
George.Palmer 13/May Lead dog
liebs 26/Apr Lead O/S
Christabel Goode 03/Dec/16 Lead

Probably the best climb I've ever done! So good I wanted to do it again. It's true to the guidebook when it says suited to the "smaller frame" though.

Melissa Charlotte ?/Nov/16 -
curon 18/Sep/16 2nd

Had a few issues at the overhang crux, which was a little wet. Not much space in the tunnel, wouldn't want to do this again...

with Jamie
Hidden 29/Aug/16 Lead dnf
Flickster 06/Aug/16 TR
with Becky
Flickster 06/Aug/16 TR
with Becky
Jay Schofield 25/Jul/16 2nd

Backed off the lead early on. Having seconded it and only just squeezed through I didn't chastise myself too much. Would not have wanted to be at the sharp end getting through that hole 'on my own!'

with Luke Weaver
Hidden 21/Jul/16 Lead β
Hidden ?/Jul/16 Lead O/S
mattx1123 18/Jun/16 Lead O/S
JamesBurton 18/Jun/16 2nd
nick ferro 06/Jun/16 2nd O/S
with Oli Birkill
Emily-Cooper 23/Apr/16 2nd O/S
James Lamb 23/Apr/16 Lead rpt
davebrox ??/2016 -
matthew.n.u ??/2016 -
Christina 27/Sep/15 2nd
with Zaheer
AndrewHeaton 27/Sep/15 2nd O/S
with Daniel
daniel heaton 27/Sep/15 Lead O/S
with Dad
wnicholson 19/Sep/15 Lead β

I had a rather unpleasent time in the cave.

Tiff Vaggas 19/Sep/15 2nd rpt
David(20) 08/Aug/15 2nd
martin c 07/Aug/15 Lead O/S

Slippery to tunnel. Could not get through the hole despite my best efforts so lowered off thread to let Dave have a go. Dave also had to come back out the wrong way!

with Dave Thomas
riccer 18/Jul/15 2nd
with Cerith
Hidden 18/Jul/15 2nd O/S
Martin73 05/Jul/15 2nd O/S
with James Andrews
jowe87 21/Jun/15 AltLd
with cameron moyes
Rob McGurk 09/Jun/15 2nd β
James Lamb 04/Jun/15 Lead rpt
Tiff Vaggas 04/Jun/15 Lead rpt
StephMH 04/Jun/15 2nd β
huwbrace 04/Jun/15 Lead O/S
thomasmai ?/Jun/15 Lead β
Hidden ?/Jun/15 Lead O/S
James Lamb 30/May/15 Lead dog
c jepps ?/May/15 Lead rpt
cwildblood 25/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with owen gibson
MJAS82 19/Apr/15 2nd O/S
Gareth T 19/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Chris Nevil
francois 18/Apr/15 Lead O/S

Very tight! You need to propel yourself with your feet and pop out past the constriction.

with Colin, Mike K
huwmjames 17/Apr/15 Lead dnf
Drew Bennett 06/Apr/15 Lead

stuck just after crux due to rope drag- untied and soloed tunnel

Hidden 28/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Somerset swede basher 28/Sep/14 Solo O/S
with Linus Whitmarsh
Keelan McNulty 28/Sep/14 Lead dog

Took my ever first lead fall at the overhang but had already clipped the thread. Proceeded to take an ungodly amount of time to get through the tunnel, fitting required dumping gear and copious amounts of "encouragement" from sam and gen. Not really enjoyable.

steve2006 13/Sep/14 Lead O/S

It was a squeeze, David and Elli were fine.

with david moore
Ellie.Webb 13/Sep/14 2nd
Quarryboy 07/Sep/14 Lead O/S

This should have at least 2 stars just for the originality/ banterous nature of it, thought it was pretty tight even by caving standards.

c jepps ?/Sep/14 2nd O/S
Mike Hood 07/Aug/14 Lead
with Cora
cmjones2 07/Aug/14 2nd
with Mike
JClimb 16/Jun/14 Lead O/S

However skinny you are, your bum WILL look big in this.

with Stuart MacLachlin
stujamac 16/Jun/14 2nd O/S

Hilarious climb! Unfortunately laughing so much hurt once stuck...

andrewmc 14/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Amazing :P

with Chris Sergent, Rosa Williams, David Amundsen
Hidden 14/Jun/14 2nd dnf
Chris Homewood (Swindon MC) 14/Jun/14 2nd β
pheotleyr 14/Jun/14 Lead O/S

4a? Not really - thought the overhang should be worth 4b? Was close to giving up on the squeeze, but onlookers from above sucessfully provided encouragement. Fun? Not sure.

with Mike
Steve Bartle 13/Jun/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Jun/14 Lead
c jepps 02/Jun/14 Lead O/S
mollymcleod 02/Jun/14 2nd O/S

Glad I tried it but would never repeat. Claustrophobia ensued

Hidden 17/May/14 2nd O/S
John Sheehan 17/May/14 2nd

Laughed as I bruised through, finally. Breath in and your tightly wedged; breath out and you're still tightly wedged!

Neil Rigiani 17/May/14 Lead O/S

Took several goes to get through first part of cave, resulting in bruised chest and damaged t-shirt. John managed to get through after several goes. Sam didn't make it so was lowered.

with John Sheenam, Sam Bugller
Sutherland J 17/May/14 2nd O/S

Cheekie Selfie in the tunnel!

with Huw Mithan, Helen Baldwin
Hidden 17/May/14 Lead β
silviac 17/May/14 2nd O/S
LovelyMrTom 04/May/14 Lead O/S

Last climb of the day, tide coming in to add a bit of pressure, a few tense moments in the squeeze. A very fine caving climb!

with Joe
Henry Brown 03/May/14 Lead
Rhi Rhi 03/May/14 2nd O/S
with Matt
partz 03/May/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/May/14 2nd O/S
BStar 03/May/14 2nd O/S

VS 4B in selected rock climbs guide. First half was good, it then got damp, then it got very very tight! And I mean very tight! 32" waist medium build with no rack on my harness and I only just got through!

with Phil?
Matt Robinson 21/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Jo sumner 18/Apr/14 Lead
Hidden 18/Apr/14 2nd
Dylantl ?/Apr/14 2nd rpt
Ccmilree ??/2014 -
Ccmilree ??/2014 -
edjenkins 05/Oct/13 Lead
DaveFidler 05/Oct/13 2nd O/S
Dr Toph 10/Sep/13 Solo dnf

couldn't fit though, no matter which way I turned myself!

stonemikey 01/Sep/13 Lead

Real struggle to control claustrophobia. Took helmet off and felt much better.

with Mark Ward
thehugehead 03/Aug/13 Lead
with Alice
Hidden 10/Jul/13 2nd rpt
Greg Jones 10/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with ZeeTee
Hidden 23/Jun/13 Lead O/S
MariaT 22/Jun/13 AltLd O/S

James led but didn't fit through the squeeze so lowered off. I seconded up to the threads and then led from there. Very tight squeeze, with a fair amount of guano, but good fun nonetheless. Jon seconded as the only person willing and able to follow!

whiting.jp 22/Jun/13 2nd
with MariaT
David Walker 22/Jun/13 2nd dnf
JamesBurton 02/Jun/13 2nd
with Corinne, Alistair Everett
Nigel R Lewis 27/Apr/13 Lead
with Christian
SteveK 27/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/13 2nd β
Alex Wade 02/Mar/13 Lead rpt
partz 02/Mar/13 Lead O/S
pearson9596 24/Feb/13 2nd O/S
with James Cowley
JHC 24/Feb/13 Lead

The cave is a squash!

mauricechetwyndwoods1 16/Feb/13 2nd O/S
with Leo Grabowski
leo-z-g 16/Feb/13 Lead O/S
clarky_two ??/2013 -
justaddpowder ??/2013 Lead
David Maddison 22/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Huw Mithan 22/Sep/12 Lead
with Hannah Scott, Olivier Goury
ejohnson 22/Sep/12 2nd
Hannahjscott 22/Sep/12 2nd
with Huw Mithan
ejohnson 20/Sep/12 2nd
imogen.fish 20/Sep/12 Lead O/S
lloyd 16/Sep/12 2nd O/S
Matthew Edwards 26/Jul/12 2nd rpt

was wet, found the gear, left it there incase someone needed to ab off if they don't fit...

Hidden 26/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Jul/12 Solo
toriwest ?/Jul/12 -
partz 27/May/12 2nd rpt
with Ed
Steve Hill 27/May/12 Lead dnf

Couldn't squeeze my rib cage through the tunnel entrance, so sacrificed gear and lowered off. :( Also, did the crux move onto the overhang with only a couple of dodgy wires below me - couldn't find the thread (which I'm sure used to be a really obvious bit of conglomerate at the overhang) - has it fallen off or am I going blind?

with Melinda Hill, Liz Corcoran
Matthew Edwards 27/May/12 Lead rpt

Managed to do it a lot quicker this time, was bone dry, finally done it clean!

minda_kat 27/May/12 2nd
Geras 20/May/12 Lead
with Paul O-T
Hidden 19/May/12 2nd O/S
Pete Randall 19/May/12 Lead O/S


with John H
Hidden 06/May/12 2nd
Ana Broad 06/May/12 2nd
Sarah Welsh 06/May/12 Lead O/S

Strictly speaking this is a repeat, but it must be more than 20 years since I last did it. I didn't recognise the start point, and the tunnel was narrower and longer than anything I remember. It's a route with great character, I'm delighted that the new guidebook has given it a star and I love the extra detail and biting humour of the updated description. For the record - I'm never doing this route again, ever. It reminded me of why I never got into caving.

steveprice.exmouth 05/May/12 Lead O/S

Well, led until the squeeze but was too fat to get through so lowered off

with Eike Mueller
Hidden 21/Apr/12 Lead dnf
Hidden 24/Mar/12 2nd
steve-grigg 24/Mar/12 Lead O/S

wont forget this anytime soon. had to move my gear around my harness a bit, but got through in the end

Ana Broad ??/2012 -
Alex Wade 30/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Greg Jones 30/Sep/11 Lead O/S

Still great fun if a little damp today..

with Alex
Snowbones 24/Sep/11 Lead O/S
matt.woodfield 31/Aug/11 Lead O/S
UnkArl 27/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Tighter and longer than I was expecting - don't take loads of gear!

with Ali
Rick Ashton 27/Aug/11 Lead
with Fiona Dalton
steve2006 14/Aug/11 Lead O/S

I am not a big person but it was a squeeze.

with david moore(13)
Ali ?/Aug/11 2nd
with Karl
josh1905 ?/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
SianR 25/Jul/10 2nd
with Cora & Simon
Hidden 17/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Jul/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/May/10 2nd
Matthew Edwards 21/May/10 Lead dog

at the thread, couldn't work out where to go, and got tired so rested there, cntinued up, hard getting through the narrow part at the start of the cave, spent an age moving an inch at a time, fun, would like to do it again! Hopefully when a bit dryer!

partz 21/May/10 2nd O/S
with Ed
JamieGreig 21/May/10 Lead dnf

Climbed the wet slab alright, got into the cave alright, got stuck. Load of rubbish.

Hidden 15/May/10 2nd dnf
eclipse 15/May/10 Lead dog
TomWebber 17/Apr/10 Lead

With a bit of an audience below! Initial slab is straightforward with good gear. Tricky move is getting into the cave, which again is well protected. Great route overall

with Hannah Buckland
tdudley 31/Jan/10 Lead O/S
mattshort 19/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with Tash
Monkey_Alan 21/Jun/09 Lead O/S

Brilliant climb, makes Lockwood's Chimney and Avernus seem spacious!

with Jeff Escosio, Craig Shelley
mrfeebus ?/Jun/09 -
Hidden 25/May/09 Lead O/S
Greg Jones 12/May/09 Lead O/S

This is an amasing climb, led this after Tom lead scavanger and both agreeded we enjoyed it more, once you pass the first five or so meters the protection gets better. It seems to be over graded becsuse of the squeese.

Steve Hill 10/May/09 2nd O/S
eagleopus 10/May/09 Lead O/S
with Steve Hill
Hidden 10/May/09 2nd rpt
Ewan Richards 22/Feb/09 Lead rpt
with Owen
owenrhyswilliams 22/Feb/09 2nd O/S
with Ewan, Gareth Protheroe
Browny 01/Feb/09 Lead dog

An amazing route

summo ??/2009 -
jbutler ??/2009 Lead O/S
Ewan Richards 23/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Conor
SianR 20/Jul/08 Lead

Woohooo! This is the best route I've ever done! Really good fun VS with interesting overhang as you head up into the blackness! Excellent gear - superb threads!First bit of the tunnel is the narrowest - I got someone to lower a rope to haul up the excess gear, chalk bag etc. Quite a long session of wriggling before I broke through to daylight again.

with Tara
Hidden ?/May/08 Lead O/S
Sgt. Vest 17/Feb/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Aug/07 Lead
jon clayton 26/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with cherry
Cardi 09/Sep/06 Lead O/S

Fantastic route (if you're thin enough!). New guide gives it VS 4a. Move over the overlap is a bit tricky for 4a I think though. First VS, maybe given because of the dire consequences of getting stuck in the tunnel!

with Pete D
Hidden ?/Jul/06 Lead
Hidden 25/Feb/06 Lead O/S
irish paul ?/Jun/05 Lead O/S
with Mel,Mike,ffitch
Hidden 28/May/05 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Oct/04 Lead O/S
Howard J 30/May/04 2nd dnf

Alan thought he was too big to fit through the hole, I just thought it was too manky, so we backed off

with Alan Kemp
Rock Star ??/2003 Lead

This is not climbing. I give it -3* for the cold (-1*), dark (-1*) and perpetual damp (-1*).

with Carl
Will Gordon ?/May/02 Lead O/S

Climbed to the entrance, assessed, downclimbed, ditched the harness and gear and went with a sling-harness, re-climbed to the entrance and did the worm until back in the sunlight. Adventurous and very cosy. 3*.

with Rob Gleeson
goi.ashmore 17/Mar/02 Lead O/S
with Roy Thomas
Gilgar ??/1999 Lead O/S
with Andy Freem
Hidden 30/Aug/98 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Jun/98 2nd O/S
NeilGriffiths 01/May/93 -
turl ??/1992 -
RichardMc 12/May/90 Lead
with Tony Whitehouse
andrewlegg ??/1988 Lead O/S

don't carry a big rack - you will get stuck !

RichardMc ??/1984 Lead O/S

Removed harness and pushed it in front of me to exit hole.

with Rupert Hoare
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