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Caving in the Lake District

Full day Trips to the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Caving in the Lake District is just small isolated caves, Priests hole, Rydal cave etc. The nearest real caving systems are in Yorkshire, around 1 hour drive from Keswick or 1/2 hour from Windermere. There are around 3,500 caves to explore in the Yorkshire Dales, one for every age and ability!

Who's caving for?

Everyone! Not all caves have to involve squeezes, crawls, water or mud - some are ‘walk though’ (but mind your head!), and are simply a beautiful journey through the underground passages, admiring stalactites along the way. There is so much to see and learn underground, a great fun day out for any ability of group or family. Our expert cave instructors will introduce you to a whole new world literally under your feet!

Of all our activities, this one really stands out as totally unique experience. For those who want more of a challenge we can go deeper into the caverns and passages, climbing across deep pools, up waterfalls - similar to ghyll scrambling, just underground!

Caving is one of those truly unique experiences, combining the adventure of exploration with the excitement of physical challenges. The activity session will take place near Ingleton, which is renowned for being the home to Britain’s finest caving systems. We offer introductory trips for the first time caver, and provide all the equipment required. The exact venue used will depend on the groups aims and current local water levels.

What is it?


All our caving trips in the Yorkshire Dales will be tailored to suit the groups abilities and requirements. For first time cavers we will concentrate on introducing you to basic caving skills as well as discussing the geology, flora and fauna associated with cave systems, and showing you the beautiful rock formations. Due to the unique nature of these activities we take great care to ensure the comfort and confidence of the participants at all times.

For those looking for something even more adventurous we can then try some of the smaller tunnels and squeezes, whilst exploring more complex parts of the system. Whilst the fun element of caving is still very much to the fore on these trips, you will also be taught simple rope skills and maybe enter some wetter tunnels and enjoy some underground climbing… On all our trips we aim to show you beautiful cave formations such as stalactites, stalagmites and gour pools, and we hope to leave you with a shared sense of wonder at the amazing world to be found beneath our feet. We provide warm undersuits, waterproof oversuits, wetsuit socks, wellies, helmets and of cause the all important torches!!

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Typical Itinerary


10.00am

Meet at prearranged meeting point in Ingleton for briefing as to the day's venues.


10.15am

Travel to the caves and gear up.


10.30am

Spend the day caving, climbing and exploring in a variety of venues.


4.00pm

Finish caving, back to the surface and change into dry clothes.


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