Attborough Swallet

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Attborough Swallet
Location Red Quar, Chewton Mendip
OS grid ST56105181
Depth 44 metres
Length 244 metres
Geology Dolomitic Conglomerate and Marl

Attborough Swallet (also known as Red Quar Swallet) is a cave in Chewton Mendip in Somerset, England.

It is unusual for a cave on the Mendip Hills in that it is not in limestone but instead in Dolomitic Conglomerate and Marl. The main part of the cave was first entered in 1992,[1] although Red Quar Swallet had been dug in the 1930s and the entrance shaft is now a concrete pipe. .[2]

It takes its name from the Attborough field in which the entrance is situated. Red Quar Swallet comes from the small scale quarrying of red Triassic conglomerate.[3]

The underground stream feeding water into the sump flows into Wigmore Swallet.[4]

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  1. ^ Irwin, David John; Knibbs Anthony J. (1999). Mendip Underground: A Cavers Guide. Bat Products. ISBN 0-9536103-0-6. 
  2. ^ Shipton, Dave (June 1998). "Attborough Swallet Progress report". Belfry Bulletin 497: 14. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Witcombe, Richard (2009). Who was Aveline anyway?: Mendip's Cave Names Explained (2nd ed.). Priddy: Wessex Cave Club. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-9500433-6-4. 
  4. ^ "Attborough Swallet". MCRA. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 

Coordinates: 51°15′48″N 2°37′45″W / 51.2633°N 2.6292°W / 51.2633; -2.6292