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.



Closed season: 1st October - 1st February


Excalibur Pot is on a private shooting estate and it is therefore a requirement that access is controlled. One permit per week to BCA registered clubs. Up to six people and two cars per permit (extra cars can be parked very nearby).

Close season is from October 1st to Feb 1st due to shooting on the land however permits are still available during the closed season on SUNDAYS only.

No novices (the cave is significantly more delicate than most).

Navigation guide is supplied with the permit.

This cave is 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


Where possible, should be sent from an email address associated with your club (e.g. officer@cavingclub.co.uk), or from an address that can be easily validated as being associated to your club (via your club website for example). Other email addresses are fine, but first applications should be accompanied by a letter (an attached scan, or by post), with club letterhead, signed by an officer of the club. This will authenticate the email address for all future permit applications.

For information or problems please phone: 07983 559566.


NGR: SE 7105 8781

Lat/long: 54.2810004642404,-0.910237555244977

Locate on Cave Map

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.

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. 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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Excalibur Pot / Jenga PotJul 2014York Caving ClubPreviewDownload PDFBuy Paper Copy
Excalibur Pot / Jenga Pot (Jul 2014) - York Caving Club
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Last updated: 15 Jul 2019

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