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MAY 13, 2003

WALLINGFORD TUNNEL CAVE


Position: WGS84 - 18 11' 00.9" N, 77 38' 37.9" W, Alt 205 m

Field notes: R. S. STEWART

Cavers: R. S. Stewart, M. Taylor, A. McFarlane, M. McFarlane

Wallingford Tunnel Cave was the third cave of the day showed to us by the McFarlane family of Balaclava, and followed Wallingford River, and Wallingford Main. It is located on the opposite side of the hill, i.e. on the west side, from Main Cave, at a bearing of 260 deg true, 60 metres distant, (GPS). It is 90 m, bearing 305 from the River Cave (GPS).

The entrance faces west and is very small, apx 1 m wide and 2 high. A stretch of low well decorated chambers ends in a crawl that extends about another 15 m into the hill for a total of about 35 m. Andrew McFarlane went to the end and couldn't see any extensions.

The cave is very dry and has little biological activity but is decorated with beautiful formations. Soda straws are plentiful indicating that the cave sees more percolation of water into it at wetter times of the year. Unlike the near-by and larger Main Cave, the difficulty of entering and low height has kept the formations well preserved.

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