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 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.

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.

Members - the draft 2019 AGM Minutes are now available in the members area. The Committee minutes are also now available there.


Operation of CPC during National Lockdown from 4th November to 2nd December

There are new restrictions on CPC’s activities (along with all other clubs). These will be kept under review.

  1. Overnight stays away from home are restricted and the accommodation in Ivy and Riverside has been closed.

    1. There is no facility for overnight stays in camper vans, or camping.

    2. The cottages will be maintained and checked regularly by nominated members.

    3. The Cottage Warden can be contacted via  https://cravenpotholeclub.org/index.php/component/contact/contact/12-officers/2?Itemid=101

  2. All club meets in that period have been cancelled.

    1. We have been caving actively within our guidelines and will plan to restart meets with a similar framework to that currently in place (subject to regulations).

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

  4. The car park will remain available for members.

  5. The incoming regulations and advice do allow outdoor activity (family groups, a ‘bubble’, or one / two individuals), along with some travel.

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

    2. Consider the implications for rescue etc in your plans.

    3. Check access advice on the CNCC web site.  https://cncc.org.uk/caving/

  6. Access to the library is not possible, but the Librarian may be approached with specific queries (via  https://cravenpotholeclub.org/index.php/component/contact/contact/12-officers/9?Itemid=101).

  7. The online AGM will be on 28th November - details and formal invitation will be distributed.

  8. Other meetings will continue (unchanged) online .