Welcome to the Craven Pothole Club


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 in 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.

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

If you wish to know more about the Gaping Gill meet go here.

Our WebCams showing river conditions on the Ribble and Brants Gill in Horton are live. Look in the Dales Weather section on the right.

A link to our YouTube Channel can be found on our Links Page


Grays Bridge (over Brants Gill) will be closed from 28th February until 25th March for rebuilding/refurbishment by NYCC due to a major crack having been found in the arch. Therefore, the only access to the cottages over the closure period will be either a 20 mile detour via Ribblehead, or park in the village and walk over the footbridge and round. We think the public car park may be for local resident's use only. Two meets will definitely be affected in terms of collecting tackle so the respective coordinators may wish to pre-plan their access. The meets are ; County Pot; Roger Kirk Cave Note: Lost John’s Hole & Tatham Wife Hole could be affected if the works over-run at all. It goes without saying that staying at the cottages will need some thought/planning if carrying gear over the footbridge rather than driving round. We will keep an eye on the progress of the works for any updates.

John Webb & Glenn Costin