Yorkshire Dales Horizontal Caving Locations
Horizontal Caving Courses and Taster Sessions
There’s a rich variety of caving experiences on offer in the Yorkshire Dales to suit many abilities. However for those that want to push themselves, in each cave we visit there are a variety of optional challenges to test your skills. Horizontal caves do not require any abseiling, climbing or ropes.
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Runscar and Thistle
Suitable for all abilities with optional challenges for even the most hardy! This is an excellent trip for school groups, team building days and families. Have a go at navigating the underground landscape below Ribbleshead Viaduct.
Long Churns and Wilsons Cave
One of the best experiences in the country, suitable for beginners to intermediates. Climb waterfalls, traverse pools of water and pass features such as Dr Banister’s Hand Basin and squeeze through the infamous (but optional) ‘cheese press’. An experience not to be missed!
Goyden Pot and Manchester Hole
From Goyden’s large, impressive entrance, descend through passageways with an optional abseil into the main chamber. Follow an underground stream way, clamber over boulders and wade through crystal clear water as you travel back in geological time.
We enter to the main streamway, a large open passage complete with stream-side beaches! Upstream leads to the site of the Gloop and Sloop, a fun adventurous climb and crawl that brings our group to the Old Final Chamber, a mighty impressive chamber!
Yordas and Kingsdale Master Cave
Our trip visits two cave systems. We combine Yordas and Kingsdale Master Cave to provide maximum activity and variety. Large chambers, optional challenges and a vast underground network. A big, impressive and varied trip.
Here we will learn about the formation of caves and the karst formations. Once entering the world below, we navigate twisting passageways and crawl spaces. We will find ourselves climbing cascades and squeezing through fissures in the bedrock.
Need more adventure? You’ll abseil into huge chambers and traverse above waterfalls deep underground. As you descend, you’ll feel like you’re exploring a lost world. It’s not for the faint of heart.
Distances to Cave Venues in the Yorkshire Dales
Long Churns, Runscar and Thistle, Great Douk and Yordas
These caves are close to Settle, Ingleton, Skipton and the M6. Manchester 1-hour 30-mins, Bradford and Leeds 1-hour 15-mins.
Close to Pateley Bridge, York, Leeds, Harrogate, Ripon and the A1. Leeds and Bradford are approximately 1-hour 15-mins away.
Dow Cave is next to Kettlewell, in close proximity to Skipton (25 minutes), allowing access from Leeds and Bradford, as well as the A1 and M6.