Yorkshire Dales Vertical Cave Experiences

Vertical Caving Courses and Pot Holing Experience Days

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Many caves go deep underground, with high ceilings and vast chambers. For the ultimate adventurer we offer vertical caving experiences, abseiling into huge chambers and traversing above underground waterfalls. These are truly epic experiences hidden underground. Together with Lost Earth Adventures we will choose the cave experience that will best suit you. Below you can find a selection of our vertical cave locations in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Vertical Cave experiences in the Yorkshire Dales

Alum Pot

Alum Pot

Alum Pot is incredible. It really is a lost world that few people get to see. This is an open shaft of 80m from the surface. We will journey through Long Churns underground following the stream that will eventually connect with Alum Pot. Our professional guides will provide a safe and enjoyable trip as we prepare to abseil and descend The Dolly Tubs, a descent of over 30 metres to The Window, which brings us into the full splendour of Alum Pot. Waterfalls, sunlight from the surface, plant life and mist create a truly unique environment. From this point we will abseil and traverse to ‘The Bridge’ across the very centre where it is possible to really gain a sense of scale of Alum Pot.

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New Goyden Pot

New-Goyden-Pot

New Goyden Pot is a half day vertical adventure that can be combined with Goyden Pot and Manchester Hole for an epic cave day. Experience the excitement of abseiling in an underground environment. From the surface we will descend two abseils to reach the main stream-way and our professional guides will keep you safe every step of the way. In the stream-way we will explore and search out ‘The Planetarium’ a large chamber named for it’s sparkling ceiling. Why not combine with our canyoning activity in Nidderdale for the ultimate adventure day out?

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Calf Holes and Browgill

Browgill Cave

Our expert guides will assist you safely in this through trip with a variety of challenges, breathtaking sights and interesting cave formations. Leave the hustle of the surface and abseil straight into the impressive chamber of Calf Holes. The waterfall and pool beside you will take your breath away. We witness stalactites and stalagmites that have taken thousands of years to develop, then follow underground passages deeper under the hills of Yorkshire. Listen carefully to hear the eerie sounds of the cave.

Now it’s time for the challenges! Squeeze and squirm through ‘The Contortionist’ and ‘The Letterbox’ into phreatic passageways. We can really see how water has shaped the limestone at this point. We will then descend ‘The Staircase’ by a second underground waterfall. The cave becomes much larger as we enter an aven. Finally we can follow the stream as it widens to the exit back out into the open countryside and from here we will return over the surface to our starting point!

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Upper Yordas

Upper Yordas is one of our most challenging trips. Located in a beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales with views reaching far along the valley. We climb up through a canyon on the surface before abseiling into the cave itself. Our professional staff will teach you the skills needed and be there to provide for you support and safety. We will join an underground stream-way and navigate the passage high up above as waterfalls leads the stream deeper into Yordas. At this point the trip gets really exciting as we have to abseil and swing across to the other side before our final descent down a waterfall into Chapel house. We find ourselves inside the impressive and large main chamber of Yordas. If you are not wet and muddy enough we then have the option of navigating the smaller passageways and a final scramble back out to the surface. A trip not to be missed!

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Goyden Pot Upper

Goyden Pot has great variety so we also have the opportunity to explore even more exciting sections of the cave. We will show you the skills necessary to safely challenge yourself in this impressive environment and on the high traverse above the stream-way. Eventually we will take a bold crossing high above the underground river via ‘A step across the clouds’. We can combine this with a journey through the lower sections of Goyden Pot including ‘Mud Hall’ and wiggle through the ‘Blue Tubes’. On top of this there are two additional sections for those looking for more challenges including a letter box squeeze, traverse across a pool and an abseil into winding passages. Lastly, we will exit through Church Pot, a vertical ascent and squeeze back to the surface. This is one of the best caving adventures in The Dales!

For course or experience options, prices, dates and more information please visit the
main caving page.

Sell Gills

Sell-Gills-Cave

Sell Gills on the slopes of Pen-Y-Ghent is the perfect place to try vertical caving techniques. Our professional guides will teach and lead you down three exciting abseils to the heart of the cave. We descend from the hillside where we can explore Fossil Passage and see delicate calcite formations. From there we have an exciting traverse and descent into a huge chamber, with plenty of hidden corners to explore. Our journey then continues down the third abseil. We will hear the roar of a waterfall in the distance and enter into the largest chamber of the trip. It is possible to explore and follow passages further into the cave system from here before making our ascent back to the surface.

For course or experience options, prices, dates and more information please visit the
main caving page.

More Caves in the Yorkshire Dales

We also have many more caving experiences, suitable for large groups, in the Yorkshire Dales.

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For course or experience options, prices, dates, other locations and more information please visit the main caving page.

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Tom descending the North West Passage into Alum Pot.

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