Craven Pothole Club

Location: Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire.

The CPC is based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales – one of the finest caving areas in the UK. We take part in a wide set of activities, including Caving and Potholing, Climbing, Walking and similar pursuits In fact we cater for almost all outdoor activities. We hold organised outdoor meets twice a month as well as informal trips organised by individuals. Novice members are always welcome, with about one third of our formal meets specifically catering for them.

We have a well appointed base is Horton-in-Ribblesdale, offering members and guests affordable accommodation with full cooking and drying facilities, in the heart of the Dales and close to a rail station. University and other caving / climbing clubs wishing to use our accommodation should contact the Cottage Warden for availability.

We also run the extremely popular Gaping Gill open meet in August, welcoming both cavers and non-cavers to the underground world of Ingleborough.

The Craven Pothole Club was founded in 1929; we currently have about 240 members, who come from all walks of life and many parts of the world. The objects of our club are to promote a wide range of outdoor activities, for the benefit of members, including the exploration of caves and potholes, mountaineering, fell walking, rock climbing, skiing and other similar pursuits. Caving activities are centred in the Yorkshire Dales, with regular visits to other caving areas and climbing and walking trips to the Lake District and Scotland.

Our headquarters are located in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire, next to the Crown Hotel, and these provide members and their guests with low cost accommodation in the heart of the Dales caving area.

The Club’s formal activities are organised around an annual programme of meets at approximately fortnightly intervals during the summer and less frequently during the winter months. Meets cover all the principal activities of the Club with caving, walking, and foreign expeditions suitable for both the beginner and the connoisseur. Social highlights include the August Gaping Gill winch meet and the November AGM and Dinner. Informally, our members are active most weekends, caving, prospecting for new caves, walking and cycling, often using the cottages as a base.

If you are interested in joining in any of these activities please contact our Membership Secretary.

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