Ogof Fawr

Neil ,Annette ,Charlie , Claire, Bernard. 28th May 2016.

This interesting cave is situated on a winding road just past the Lamb Hotel on the right. The road leads to open land and once over the cattle grid the cars slowed and parked . There is not much traffic so changing into caving gear is very easy. We had a 30 minute walk to the right of the road to a natural, short valley, with the remains of an old brick built pumping station. The entrance was at the base of the valley past the remains of a dead sheep.

This was the new entrance dug recently after problems with the old wet route. The wooden rails of the digging team were still present. Dropping almost at 40 degrees to a climb which opened out into a chamber. The passage dropped down into a series of crawls. The interesting aspect of this cave is that it is formed on the edge of the limestone boundary and you can see the change in rock almost throughout the whole system.

There are signs of water flow through the whole system as the cave is located at the base of the valley, a natural point for the rain water to sink and flood the cave. But as it was a lovely sunny Bank Holiday this was not a worry. Half way through the cave there was a passage of beautiful miniature formations so enchanting that Annette spent an hour photographing them while the rest of the party continued through the cave. The cave splits in several places down to a tight crawl. A very interesting cave which should only be ventured into dry weather. The water resurges to Penderyn and is probably the water used for the whisky . Eddie Webb recalls digging into the cave in the late 1970’s and remembers breaking into the entrance series. The Westminster group were so excited by this that they were back there the next day at 8am.

Ogof Fawr

Bernard Charlesworth