The best caving experiences in Britain


This weekend Lancaster’s Gaping Gill, on the southern slopes of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales, is opening to the public, allowing non-cavers the opportunity to stand on the floor of Britain’s largest cavern.

The Bradford Pothole Club, which has held a Winch Meet here for more than 60 years, will take visitors down the 100m (330ft) shaft into a space normally only accessible to seasoned cavers (£15; May 25-31 2019;

The biannual meets (Craven Pothole Club offers a similar experience in August) is the only time that the cavern is floodlit, allowing visitors to see the extent of the mighty cavern into which they have just been winched.

Once at the foot of the Main Chamber…

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