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

Members - the draft 2020 AGM Minutes are now available in the members area. The Committee minutes are also now available there.


Re-commencement of caving & re-opening of Cottages

Gaping Gill:

In summer 2021 the club had a meet on Ingleborough for cavers. Plenty of caving was done, with entrances rigged with ropes, and we were able to welcome visitors from all over UK.
We plan to run our winch meet in Summer 2022 with public days from 12-19 August. details will be posted here and on our public Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/CravenPotholeClub 


IVY COTTAGE: Ivy Cottage will open again for multi-occupancy from midnight on MONDAY 19th JULY. Rates will be £4 per member and £6 per guest per night once more. Locks will be changed back so that personal keys will allow access via the normal door from that date on.

RIVERSIDE: Riverside is now bookable on any day of the week at the original rate of £8 per member and £12 per guest per night, with a minimum of £20 per night via the Cottage Warden. These changes came into effect on 14th June 2021.

CAMPERVANS and TENTS: may use the car park for overnight use, subject to a fee of £4.00 per person per night, with a maximum of 2 tents, which must be booked via the Cottage Warden in advance. Campervans are unlimited and do not need to book ahead.


Club Meets will be going ahead again from Monday 29th March 2021 subject to government easing of lockdown rules. Before lockdown we had been caving actively within our guidelines and will restart meets with the same framework as before (ie: 6 people maximum per caving group - subject to regulations in place at the time. A meet may consist of more than one group).

These rules will be reviewed and revised in line with Steps 2, 3 and 4 of the Governments staged relaxation of restrictions, from April through to June.

If, as part of your exercise, you wish to make use of the car park or tackle store, please be respectful of local sensitivities and ensure that as a club we are compliant with the regulations. Information is also available at  https://cncc.org.uk/covid-19/index.php

Consider the implications for rescue etc. in your plans and check the access advice on the CNCC web site.  https://cncc.org.uk/caving/

The tackle store will remain available for members (who must read the notice in the store on COVID precautions before doing anything else) and the car park will remain available for members.

If access to the library is desired please discuss with the Librarian, who may also be approached with specific queries via  https://cravenpotholeclub.org/index.php/component/contact/contact/12-officers/9?Itemid=101.