Tooth Cave, Llethryd Tooth Cave

NGR: SS 53168 90921
50 m.asl

Swansea , Gower
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Active Cave
Access From Llethrid Bridge on the B4271, follow the track South to Green Cwm for about 50 metres. The entrance is in the East cliff and is on Forestry Commission Land. The cave is gated. 2007 Access - Must be members of a caving club with BCA insurance. Key available from SWCC Current Access arrangements
Description The cave is liable to severe flooding. A 5 metre pitch leads to the first chamber from which a crawl of 260 metres leads to the stream passage (normally dry), which is about 830 metres long. The top sump has been dived, but chokes with gravel after 28 metres. The bottom sump dries out in dry weather giving access to several hundred feet of passage ending in an impenetrable sump.
History SWCC 1961
NPRN: 305613 SAM: GM284 SSSI: 0781 Coedydd Parkmill a Cwm Llethrid (Mixed) GCR: 1128

Brendan Marris

Mark Burkey
P.O'Reilly. Speleotawe 1966 SUCC Grade 5
SWCC Newsletter. 38, 2, 1961. D.P.Webley [Record of archaeological finds]
SWCC Newsletter. 38, 4-5, 1961. Roy Morgan; John Harvey [Discovery and description]
SWCC Newsletter 40, pp.13-14, 1962. C.Owen George, A dive in Tooth Cave
SWCC nl 41, pp.9-10, Roy Morgan
SWCC nl 42, pp.9-11, Derrick Webley, Tooth Cave - An Interim Report - 1962
British Caver 25, 52-54, 1963. Discovery
Caves in Wales and the Marches (Dalesman), Jenkins, D.W. & Williams, A.M., 1963. Location description and brief details.
Caving, 3, 3, 1963. [Access]
New Scientist 14 (878), 330, 1968. Discovery of human remains
CDG nl.30, p.22 1974
CDG nl.91, p.20 1989
CDG nl.92, p.23
CDG nl.105, p.35 1992
Caves of South Wales, Stratford, T., 1995
CDG nl.133, p.35 1999
Gazetteer of Human Remains in Caves
Brendan Marris Caves of South Wales
SWCC nl 134, pp.81-90, 2018, Andy Freem, Tooth Cave: Identifying Complexities, Asking Questions, Suggesting Answers
Cambrian Cave Registry entry 1117
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