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A fascinating new discovery near Kendal

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Just 16 miles from Kendal lies what can now be officially described as Britain’s largest cave network.  For around 50 years, hundreds of potholers have been trying to link up the Three Counties cave system which lies beneath Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire.  It would have once been a large, active cave system but had become ‘clogged up’ with boulders and mud from a roof collapse.  After 140m of tunnelling between the Lost Johns and Notts Pot caves in the Yorkshire Dales, two teams of cave explorers broke through the final gap last November. The cave system now covers 70 miles but it is believed it could be extended further into Yorkshire. Depending on the extent of the system, it could even one day rank as one of the world’s ten longest caves.

Anyone interested in getting a further insight into the cave system that lies beneath these three counties might enjoy watching the video below which comes courtesy of the United Cavers Exploration Team based in North Wales.

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