YCC Blog

Boxhead Pot - Lost Johns Pot

Matt Ewles | 8 February 2010

A superb trip, one of the finest I have ever done! We were really efficient, arriving for breakfast at Bernie's for 9:45am! Mark, Gary and I were joined by Rich, Steve and Ellie. The intention was originally just Boxhead Pot however the decision was made to go for the exchange with...

Kildale Mine & Christmas Meal

Matt Ewles | 30 January 2010

On a very snowy day we met up with the Scarborough guys in Stokesley for breakfast, following large amounts of snow over the previous week. We headed up towards the village of Kildale, thankfully following a tractor which was gritting the narrow road. A trudge up the hill in the...

Lost Johns Pot

Matt Ewles | 30 January 2010

A pleasant trip down Lost Johns following Boxhead being too wet at the bottom of the entrance aven. We got down to the meeting point for all routes (via Centipede and Catherdral routes) where we swapped routes for the journey out, reaching the surface after only a couple of hours...

Devis Hole Mine

Matt Ewles | 9 January 2010

An excellent trip that didn't look like it was going to happen! We had an early start and John, Gary, Ade and I met up with Rich, Nikki and Tash up near snowy Leyburn. We found that the road between Leyburn and Reeth (which the mine is near) was closed at...

Jean Pot

Gary Douthwaite | 1 December 2009

A quite unexpectedly enjoyable trip! I started the day with thoughts of 6 hours of tight squeezes and waterfall filled awkward pitch heads, but it was quite the opposite. There are some awkward parts and a couple of crawls but not at all as nasty as the guide book suggests. A lovely...

Boxhead Pot

Matt Ewles | 30 November 2009

With the weather being typically wet on the Leck Fell Microclimate system, ropes were packed in the car. We eventually plucked up the courage to venture out and get changed and made our way over to Boxhead. The entrance is an impressive plastic pipe sticking out of the ground, below which...

Jean Pot

Matt Ewles | 29 November 2009

After the long walk up from Clapham we quickly found Jean Pot (initially mistaking Car Pot for it, but the description of the Shake Hole in Not For The Faint Hearted is very accurate). The first pitch took a little while to rig, as it is only just below the...

Spectacle Pot - Vesper Pot (not quite an exchange!)

Matt Ewles | 13 October 2009

After a leisurely breakfast at Helwith Bridge we made our way down to Kingsdale for a Vespers - Spectacle exchange. Chad, Tom, Gary and I were on Spectacle and Mark, Cat and Chuck on Vespers. We arrived at our respective entrances around 1pm ready for action! The entrance pitch...

Croesor Rhosydd

Laura Bennett | 23 September 2009

This was a fantastic trip, definitely one of my favourite this year. I woudl definitely reccomend it to anybody visiting the area. The mine is like an underground adventure playground with zip-wires, lakes to cross in an inflatable boat and the bridge of death. We followed the description written by...

Penyghent Pot

Gary Douthwaite | 15 September 2009

I don't think you can call yourself a Yorkshire caver (or probably even a caver) until you've done Penyghent Pot! It defiantly lives up to its name as the finest stream passage pot in the UK. The day started with the usual faff in the name of Ade who couldn't set...

Boxhead Pot

Gary Douthwaite | 24 August 2009

With our long-awaited permit for Boxhead pot, we arrived at the dales as it started to rain. Of course this is nothing unusual, especially for Leck Fell! So, being a load of wimps, we decided to pack the ropes INSIDE the car, having been too un-organised to pack them before...

Croesor Rhosydd

Gary Douthwaite | 24 August 2009

I would defiantly say that Crosoer Rhosydd mine is the most fun you can have underground! It's like the ultimate cavers adventure playground! Crosoer Rhosydd has some of the most fun (and at times terrifying) wire traverses I've ever seen. After a long walk up the hill overlooking spectacular landscape, we...

Boggarts Roaring Holes

Matt Ewles | 20 July 2009

Due to an impending raincloud advancing on the UK we opted out of Dowbergill Passage in favour of a safer way to spend the weekend. We headed up to the Moors for a day of digging on the Saturday, and then on Sunday after the heavy rain had passed we...

Marilyn Pot to Henslers Master Cave

Matt Ewles | 21 June 2009

Our original permit was for Rat Hole, however following concerns about the impending rain on the run up to the weekend we were able to change the permit to another equally interesting though less floodable alternative: Marilyn, the new entrance to the Gaping Gill system. After meeting up with some folk...

Croesor Rhosydd

Tash Durham | 14 June 2009

The first official club weekend away in an unbelievably sunny Wales. No, you didn't read that wrongly - it was a sunny weekend in Wales! The highlight for me was the Crosoer Rhosydd through trip . A colleague had recommended this trip to me a year or so back and I’ve been...

Growling Hole (First YCC trip!)

Matt Ewles | 2 June 2009

After a lavish breakfast at Bernies with some of the YUCPCers doign Vespers that day, we headed to Kingsdale and commenced the unpleasant walk up the hill to the top. After waving goodbye to the Vespers team we made our way to Growling, which is approximately 100m further on. The...

Birks Fell Cave

Matt Ewles | 1 June 2009

After an early start we headed up the hill paying a visit on Redmire Farm to present the permit, who were very nice people indeed We headed up towards the cave, initially failing to find it as we headed too far south on the hillside. For future reference you head...