The BPC is a caving club based in the Yorkshire Dales, one of the UK’s finest caving areas, and one of our most popular National Parks.
The Club’s headquarters, Brackenbottom, is near Horton-in-Ribblesdale on the flanks of Penyghent, one of the famous Three Peaks.
As well as sport caving activities, the membership is active in original underground exploration; digging, diving and extending known caves. We are also active in other outdoor sports; climbing, mountain biking, hillwalking, running and every other activity.
We also run the highly popular Gaping Gill Winch Meet every year over the Whitsuntide bank holiday at the end of May which gives non-cavers the opportunity to visit Britain’s largest cave chamber, at the bottom of a 105m vertical shaft.
The Bradford Pothole Club’s Headquarters, Brackenbottom is a traditional Dales longhouse located in the hamlet of Brackenbottom, near Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
Known to members as ‘The Dump’ (a historical term dating from the ‘old days’ when the club only had a tackle dump in the Dales, not descriptive!) Brackenbottom provides an ideal base for caving and other outdoor activites in the Dales. The footpath up Penyghent starts just outside the door, and it’s a good starting point for local caves such as Penyghent Pot, Little Hull Pot, Hunt Pot etc.
The Dump is very well equipped, with a Changing room, Toilets and Hot Showers; Kitchen; Common room; Two mixed sex alpine-style bunkrooms, plus men only and one women only bunkrooms; Library; Tackle store; and a dehumidifier equipped drying room. The downstairs rooms are underfloor centrally heated. Members have lockers to store food etc.
Crockery and pans are provided.
There is ample parking in our private car park.
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