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Reed's Cave

GR - SX 7432 6653

Reeds Entrance Little ManLittle Man
Curtains Crystal

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Reed's Cave is the largest and most beautiful cave in Higher Kiln Quarry. Although the origional entrance chamber (partly destroyed by quarrying, see picture above) may have been a one-man show cave as early as the end of the eighteenth century, the main part of the cave was not dicovered until serious interest revived in the years before the last war. In 1939 two caves in the Higher Kiln quarry were found to be of importance; Reed's Cave was penetrated for a considerable distance by members of the Devon Spelaeological Society including, Edgar Reed and Wifred 'Squeak' Joint, while work was then in progress on the first stage of the excavation of Joint Mitnor Cave.

Reed's Cave is a part of the Baker's Pit system and there are a number of voice connections with the rest of the system. The formations in this cave are in an excellent state of preservation because access is limited. There are a number of nice fins and crystal pools and the unique "Little Man" formation. The cave provides an ideal hibernating spot for the local horseshoe bats in winter since they are not disturbed in this cave.

A long crawl from the present entrance to Reed's Cave leads through a squeeze into a small grotto that leads on into Easter Chamber. The floor of this chamber is littered with boulders but around the edge of the chamber are crystal pools and formations such as the Shark's fin. Other passages lead on from this chamber to the formation known as the "Little Man" which lies directly below the tomb of the Cabell family in the churchyard above.