Excalibur Pot (North York Moors)


Entrance is impassable when Hutton Beck is in flood (i.e. it overflows the top sinks). This happens frequently particularly November to April. Only descend if completely confident river is not going to flood. Inspect the entrance shaft and pitch carefully for loose blocks or scaffolding and report any issues.



Excalibur Pot and the approach to it are on a private shooting estate and therefore access is at the discretion of the landowner. The landowner has consented to managed access for recreational cavers via a CNCC permit system, available to BCA members.

One permit per week can be issued to descend Excalibur Pot.

Due to shooting, from 1st October to 1st February, permits are only available on Sundays, to avoid interruption to the shoots and for safety reasons.

The permit must be printed and displayed in your car to notify the gamekeepers and landowner that the unattended cars belong to cavers (and not poachers).

Be aware that Excalibur Pot is a challenging pothole involving some narrow squeezes, strenuous sections, ladder pitches, flood risks and loose boulders. The landowner has verbally requested that visiting cavers have sufficient experience to deal with such obstacles. Excalibur Pot is therefore not recommended for novices.

This cave is NOT on access land. Click here for more information.

Apply for a permit

Your permit secretary for North York Moors is Matt Ewles and you can apply by the following methods...

Book Online

Sorry, Excalibur Pot is not part of the online booking system yet. We hope to expand it to include more areas in the future.

By Email


Permits can be issued to named individual cavers or to a specified club, providing they are BCA members (please specify club name or BCA membership numbers). Please specify the date you would like. With the exception of the shooting season, permits can be issued for an entire weekend if desired to allow you to keep your options open.

For information or problems please phone: 07983 559566.


NGR: SE 7105 8781

Lat/long: 54.2810004642404,-0.910237555244977

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Please note that grid references are correct to the best of our knowledge however are often taken from old books so they may not be absolutely accurate and are shown simply as a guide.

What 3 words: inefficient.code.mercy

Entrance Photos

Excalibur Pot


Excalibur Pot is not equipped with any BCA approved anchors. Any placed anchors should be treated with extreme caution.

No resin anchors. Scaffold belay for ladder on first pitch (ensure separate safe belay). All other pitches free-climbable with care.

Rigging Topos and Descriptions


Excalibur Pot / Jenga PotDec 2015York Caving ClubPreviewDownload PDFBuy Paper Copy
Excalibur Pot / Jenga Pot (Dec 2015) - York Caving Club
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Last updated: 28 Oct 2021

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