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Ogof Draenen to the Dollimore Series and Medusa's Children

Gary Douthwaite | 14 February 2012

Everything was definitely against us for this trip. After Matt got some kind of flesh eating infection in his foot the night before and me being full of cold (not to mention knackered from doing Aggy for 7 hours), we'd all but written off our planned Draenen expedition. Things didn't...

Shuttleworth Pot

Matt Ewles | 15 January 2012

Great to get the chance to explore the recently discovered Shuttleworth Pot. We parked at the top car park of Leck Fell by Leck Fell House (as the lower car park was full) and followed the wall down the fell for some distance, before deviating off towards the entrance at grid...

Gaping Gill

Matt Ewles | 24 November 2011

We had a failed attempt at Dihedral as we got down about 40m and swung into a rift which we thought to be the way on, however, we soon found it not to be. An in-situ traverse line lead along to a P-bolt on a tiny ledge (psossibly the Mouse...

Sell Gill Holes (Wet Route)

Matt Ewles | 3 November 2011

Little Hull Pot was, once again, rained off, so up to Sell Gill for an adventure down the wet route. The SRT was surprisingly more technical than I remember (this may just have been Chuck's interesting rigging!) and we had a fairly enjoyable four hours underground. In true old fart...

Aygill Caverns

Matt Ewles | 12 September 2011

Arriving at Bull Pot Farm by 11:30 we were underground by midday, with the scaffolded entrance shaft being very easy to find (walk along the track to Barbondale, through the first gate, then immediately through gate on right, down to Aygill beck 50m ahead across the field, then the entrance...

Thackthwaite Beck Cave

Matt Ewles | 22 August 2011

I was really excited about the opportunity to explore some of the caves of Wensleydale, which I had ready so much about in the MSG Journals dating back to the 1970s. So with permission from Bolton Estate we headed up there on Friday evening, camping at the Old Hall Cottage...

Miss Grace's Lane (to Canyon Halls and Dog Tooth Chamber)

Matt Ewles | 27 June 2011

After a good nights sleep after our previous day and nights adventures in Slaughter Stream Cave and the pub at Symonds Yat, we woke to a red hot morning sunshine. Rich, Nikki and Sarah went to canoe on The Wye, while Gary and I went to explore Miss Grace's Lane...

Slaughter Stream Cave (to Kuwait Passage and back via Coal Seam Passage)

Matt Ewles | 27 June 2011

After caving for seven years without ever visiting the Forest of Dean I was very excited about our trip to Slaugter Stream. It sounded too good to be true - a mainly horizontal sprawling system with a main streamway and interesting formations. What more could you want! We drove down on...

Ireby Fell Caverns

Matt Ewles | 16 June 2011

Not the most delightful weather for early June, but we arrived at Masongill at a very efficient 11am, in rain and cold wind. However, the rain was only forecast to be light, and it had been very dry recently, so we happily headed off down the traditional route of Ireby...

Top Sink - Lancaster Hole via Main Drain and Double Decker Pot

Matt Ewles | 18 April 2011

Finally nice to have the chance to complete this very satisfying through trip! Gary and I had done Top Sink to Wretched Rabbit last year and so we were confident in the routefinding. The guide in Not For The Faint Hearted is excellent. The only slight areas of confusion are...

Nick Pot (Thornber's Entrance)

Gary Douthwaite | 15 March 2011

A stunning SRT trip. Not the most exciting of caves, but it has to have the most spectacular shaft in the Dales, easily rivalling Titan (although maybe not quite as high)! Quite easy to locate the entrance, just off the three peaks path from Horton to Ingleborough. A short crawl lead...

Boggarts Roaring Holes

Matt Ewles | 28 February 2011

A great return trip to Boggarts. Quite a difficult cave to find, but it can be found just a couple of hundred metres along the base of the steep gritstone cap of Ingleborough. A GPS is highly recommended for the return trip as if the mist comes down during your...

Little Lechuguilla

Richard Gover | 6 February 2011

Little Lechuguilla really lives up to its name 8)8) Graveyard Series was great, never bothered with it before but really enjoyed it and the formations are great. Bit muddly after that up to Skittle Alley. Popped over to Fall Pot after hoping it would be a lake, but sadly not. Just...

Ogof Draenen to Sendero Luminosa

Richard Gover | 17 January 2011

An amazing trip. Fired up with enthusiasm after hearing about Mark, Andy V and Jennie visiting some of the far reaches last March we decided to visit War of the Worlds. A long (5h40 in, 5h out) trip, but not too demanding - just lots and lots of cave. The...

Lease Rigg Whinstone Mine and Christmas meal at Hutton-le-Hole

Matt Ewles | 7 January 2011

Note that members above were those on the mine trip. The Christmas meal itself was attended by 20 people from our club and the North York Moors Caving Club. A quick and easy trip around Lease Rigg Whinstone Mine provided just enough exercise to work up a thirst - and it was...

Rowten Pot (Gully Route)

Gary Douthwaite | 1 December 2010

After sacking off Car Pot due to lack of interest, the focus of the day was to a somewhat easier option in the form of Rowten Pot. My initial thoughts were that I wasn't interested in another trip down Rowten but the suggestion was made by Rich that we give...

Spectacle Pot P-Hangering

Matt Ewles | 17 November 2010

After our trip down Spectacle Pot in October 2009, this was a cave that was high on our priority list to return to and install P-hangers! Having completed the course, Mark and Gary were the installers and I was the bag carrier and general dogsbody! A team of Rich, Nikki,...

Robinsons Pot

Matt Ewles | 4 October 2010

A rather wet day saw the entire Dales in flood, and not surprisingly the river by Darnbrook Farm was a heavy torrent! Nontheless we made quick progress down the entrance. This was an unusual descent, with the entrance being a manhole cover right underneath Darnbrook Farm, with the cave actually being...

Rowten Pot

Matt Ewles | 4 October 2010

With the weather having been extremely wet all week, and heavy rain forecast for the entire day, we decided that a trip down Rowten would be fun and one of the few options open to us! We had the whole of Kingsdale to ourselves, with most cavers put off by...

Croesor Rhosydd

Matt Ewles | 21 July 2010

Report edited and updated following return trip in November 2011 Croesor Rhosydd - what an exciting adventure this was! Sunday morning was not a pleasant one - heavy rain and winds pummelled the tent all night, and by morning, visibility was low and the weather was atrocious! This had not been forecasted...