Caves of South Wales Dragon

Crwbin Cave

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Crwbin Cave - Sandy Chamber
The small entrance leads through a crawl to a more roomy descending rift passage. This main passage then continues for some distance but it can sump in one place after heavy rain. The cave is strictly called Crwbin Cave 2 - the close by primary Crwbin Cave being now referred to as Ogof Capel Dyddgen.
Length 182m
Altitude 198m
OSGB Grid Reference SN 46890 12920
The first recorded exploration was by the Taylors in 1952 who also surveyed it.
The cave is located in woodland just outside the village of Crwbin. Leaving Crwbin on the road to Felindre woodland is reached on the left just outside Crwbin. Near the start of the woodland is a rough lay by on the left with a footpath that heads up the gentle wooded hillside. The path is followed for about 300m as it first gains some altitude and then runs almost parallel with the road. The entrance is a prominent hole less than two metres from the footpath.
Carmarthenshire area Google map showing the location of Crwbin Cave and other caves in the area.
Location map - click marker to show entrance photo
No known access restrictions.
The small cave entrance is a crawl about 40cm high, and 60cm wide which descends in a southerly direction to become a comfortable walking height rift after a short distance. After a further short distance is an awkward section where it narrows to a squeeze and then turns a double right angle bend. After this the passage becomes very muddy. After 40m there is a nice circular sandy floored chamber. Just before this a rift goes up from the right hand wall, which tends to be crumbly and is only 50cm wide and too tight to penetrate. After a further 25m there is another chamber, this one is 3m high and in the left hand wall a very muddy tube leads off, ending in a sandy choke. The main passage continues for a total length of 85m and ends in a sump. After a very dry Easter in 1956 the sump dried up and it was possible to go for a further 30m before the passage became too tight.
No tackle is required
Cambrian Cave Registry for Crwbin Cave
The Caves of Carmarthen | Tony Oldham
Caves of South Wales | Tim Stratford | p134 (1995)
Caves in Wales and the Marches | D.W. Jenkins and A. Mason-Williams | p38 (1967)
British Caver | No.5
South Wales C.C. Newsletters | No.2 (1952)
Nothing of note.
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