OUCC Proceedings 9 (1979)

Smoked Food Cave

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The only obvious entrance found in the vicinity of Las Bobias, this is in a small cliff face at the top of a tree-clad ridge rising up from the 'fuente'. The passage descends into a large chamber filled with rubbish, such as gas canisters. Side passages to left and right lead respectively to a blind end filled with cheeses, and over a low metal door and small wall to more cheeses. A shelf 3m above the floor level contains a very tight, vertical phreatic tube which was not investigated further.

Connoisseurs of 'queso de Cabrales' and related cheeses will appreciate that smoke is used in the curing of these expensive delicacies. 'Smoked Food' was the description applied by a chauvinistic Lancastrian!