Caving Locations Yorkshire Dales
Caving Courses and Pot Holing Experience Days
There are 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. From the intricate passageways of Long Churn Cave to the exciting chambers of Goyden Pot, we’ll navigate our way through tight squeezes, small pools and chutes as we pass by a staggering array of cave formations such as stalagmites and stalactites.
Runscar and Thistle
The half day caters for all confidence levels to help you feel at ease in the underground environment as we will come back to the surface regularly between caves. Learn about cave formations as you follow underground rivers with stalagmites and stalactites. Test out your new skills in the worm tunnel and try out the squeeze and slide!
This can be combined with Long Churns or Great Douk into a full day of adventure!
Long Churns and Wilsons Cave
Goyden Pot and Manchester Hole
From there it is time for an exciting series of challenges, first through the Blue Tubes, next scale Mud Hall and finally take on a 10 Foot Climb as you return to the stream-way, high above, looking down on your earlier adventure. This cave provides many options and additional challenges for all abilities, beginners to advanced.
Once back on the surface, for those eager for more we have the option of a second exciting trip! Expect to get very wet and muddy following Manchester Hole. But it’s worth it to see some of the biggest marine fossils in England!
These caves can be combined with New Goyden for those who would like to learn vertical caving skills and see ‘The Planetarium’ or why not combine with our canyoning activity at our nearby canyoning venue for the ultimate adventure day out?
Browgill, Calf Holes, Old Ing and Birkwith
Our expert guides will assist you safely through this diverse cave which houses a variety of challenges, breathtaking sights and interesting cave formations. Head upstream into the impressive entrance of Browgill. The cave becomes much larger as we enter an aven. We will then ascend ‘The Staircase’ by an underground waterfall. Now it’s time for the challenges! Squeeze and squirm through ‘The Contortionist’ and ‘The Letterbox’ into phreatic passageways. 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. Eventually we will reach Calf Holes, were the cave is illuminated by sunlight from the surface above, and the waterfall and pool beside you will take your breath away. We can really see how water has shaped the limestone at this point. Finally we will return back through the passageways, sights and challenges in reverse back to our starting point and out into the open countryside!
Yordas and Kingsdale Master Cave, Valley Entrance
Our trip visits two cave systems. We combine Yordas and Kingsdale Master Cave to provide maximum activity and variety.
Yordas is a 19th century show cave and it is easy to see why. Descend carved steps and through an archway into the impressive main chamber. This is 60 metres in length and 15 metres wide. A small passage leads to Chapel House, a chamber where you can see and feel the force of a waterfall that feeds the main chamber.
From here we have an optional challenge as an alternative way back out. Prepare to get muddy and physical as we work our way through small passageways. You will feel reborn as you emerge to the surface. A great mini adventure!
Kingsdale Master Cave is a huge cave network. We will squeeze and slide into the cave through a man sized tube into the first chamber. From there we can explore the phreatic passageways working our way to a view of the main stream way. A large and impressive passageway.
Close to Ribbleshead is an exciting through trip underground. Here we will learn about the formation of caves and the karst formations above ground. 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. After a thorough exploration of the cave we exit via a challenging crawl that just when you think it cannot get any smaller we pop out back into the open countryside!
Vertical Caving in the Yorkshire Dales
You’ll abseil into huge chambers and traverse above waterfalls deep underground. The caves we use go deep underground.
As you descend, you’ll feel like you’re exploring a lost world. It’s not for the faint of heart.
The session is tailored to you whether you want to learn new techniques or simply want to explore these vast spaces.
Find out more about vertical caving opportunities.
Map of Yorkshire Dales Caving Locations
Distances to Cave Venues in the Yorkshire Dales
Long Churns, Alum Pot, Runscar and Thistle, Great Douk, Sell Gill, Calf Hole, Birkwith and Old Ing, Yordas, Kingsdale Master Cave, Upper Yordas and Bull Pot of the Witches
These caves are close to Settle, Ingleton, Skipton and the M6. Manchester, Bradford and Leeds.
Goyden Pot, Manchester Hole, New Goyden, Goyden Pot Upper
The caves of Goyden are close to Pateley Bridge, York, Leeds, Harrogate, Ripon and the A1. Leeds and Bradford are approximately 1 hour 15 minutes away.
Dow Cave is next to Kettlewell, nestled in the centre of the Dales. It is in close proximity to Skipton (25 minutes), allowing access from Leeds, Bradford and Manchester, as well as the A1 and M6.