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Yorkshire Dales Caving Potholes

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Caves have been explored out of necessity for thousands of years, but only in the last century or two has the activity become a sport. In recent decades caving has changed considerably due to the availability of modern protective wear and equipment. It has recently come to be known as an "extreme sport" by some (though not commonly by its practitioners).

The challenges of the sport depend on the cave being visited, but often include the negotiation of pitches, squeezes, and water. Climbing or crawling is often necessary, and ropes are used extensively.

Show Caves & Caving Information

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    This series of articles is intended for the guidance of experienced cavers who may not be familiar with the better routes through the more complex systems in the Yorkshire Dales.
  • The Craven Pothole Club
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  • INGLEBOROUGH CAVE Clapham
    The Cave has attracted many thousands of visitors ever since its discovery in 1837 and regular tours are conducted 0.5Km. along large and beautifully decorated passages, all spectacularly floodlit.
  • Stump Cross Caverns
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  • Yorkshire Cave Areas
    The Yorkshire Dales are the home of Britain's largest collection of caves, in terms of both number and size. It's not just the size, it's what you do with them that counts, and quantity aside, the Yorkshire caves rival those in South Wales for quality too.
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