High up in Harridge Wood West, just below the ridge track is a large rocky depression, and alt the lowest point of this is the entrance to Harridge Wood Hole. It is not a big cave at just over 20m long, but the entrance is gated to prevent unauthorised access.
A hollow towards the top of Harridge West is formed by a rift in the rocks
Deep in the lowest part of the rift is Harridge Wood Hole
The entrance to Harridge Wood Hole is gated to prevent access, except for bats
More info about Harridge Wood Hole.
On the outcrop of Cockles Wood facing Benter is a cave like hollow under the protective roots of a guarding Hornbeam Tree.
Known as Benter Cavelet it is possibly the site excavated by Abbot of Downside, where he found Bronze Age remains around 1920.
Entrance of Benter Cavelet is guarded by large rocks, and framed by Hornbeam roots
Benter Cavelet is a shallow shelter under the hillside
View from within Interior of Benter Cavelet towards Benter
Interior of Benter Cavelet
More details about Benter Cavelet on Mendip Cave Registry.
The Dolomitic Conglomerate that undelies Cockles Wood has a long cliff face containing many crags and rifts.
One of the largest rifts is known as Cockles Wood Lower Cave. This was excavated by a team from Downside School between 1947 and 1950. The team found Neolithic and Bronze Age remains.
Entrance of Cockles Wood Lower Cave
Looking back out of the entrance of Cockles Wood Lower Cave, from the unroofed section
Open section of Cockles Wood Lower Cave
Entrance rift viewed from the unroofed section
Looking Into the entrance of the Rift
Dolomitic Conglomerate near Cockles Wood Lower Cave
More details of the cave on Mendip Cave Registry.