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Reed’s cave near Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor, Devon

Reed’s cave is a cave in Higher Kiln Quarry near Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor, Devon.

It has many formations including the unique Little Man, which is beyond Easter Chamber. Devon’s only true troglobite collembolan Pseudosinella dobati is recorded from this cave.

Near the entrance, there is a long crawl followed by a squeeze that leads to a grotto followed by Easter Chamber. Easter Chamber has lots of boulders and a few pools and formations. From here, some passages lead to the little man formation, which is directly below the tomb of the Cabell family.

People are generally not allowed to enter Reed’s Cave, but some entries are permitted during the summer months. Reed’s Cave was once connected to Bakers pit but the connection has been filled in with concrete. Because of entry restrictions, the cave has become an important roosting site for Greater Horseshoe Bats.