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a quick question from an ex caver

Posted: Tue 20 Jun 2006 09:43
by jon barton
what is the 'longest' cave system in britain, and what is the longest system in england?

ideally someone will email me the answer - to

Posted: Tue 20 Jun 2006 12:48
by Paul Lydon
In Britain: Ogof Draenen
In England: Lancaster - Easegill - Pipikin - Lost Johns

But then the Easegill System oftem tops the list for Britain as well when cavers go and survey more passge until they do the same in Wales! :)

Posted: Wed 21 Jun 2006 11:04
by Stelios Zacharias
go on - write some numbers too... how long are they, in meters or feet?

Posted: Wed 21 Jun 2006 13:05
by Paul Lydon
Both are around the 70 to 80 Km mark.

Posted: Wed 21 Jun 2006 15:37
by Stelios Zacharias
Thanks. It helps to get things into perspective to have the numbers. Our longest in Greece is about 14km with not many (less than five if I am not mistaken) above the 8km mark.


Posted: Wed 21 Jun 2006 16:06
by Guest
But there's some very big pitches in Greece though, aren't there?

Posted: Thu 22 Jun 2006 14:43
by Stelios Zacharias
How big is very big? :wink:

We have one daylight shaft 285m straight down - no rebelay, can see the sun from the bottom... this is in the Peloponnese. It is said to have a twin in Crete, but I have not seen it.

There is Provatina of course, originally explored by a group from the UK if I am not mistaken which is ~400m deep with a break about half way down.

I guess these are big, but pitches of 80m or more are not uncommon in the deep caves over here. We are straying a little OT, though...