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


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the cottages are closed.

Riverside Re-Opening

Update 9/07/2020 - Committee have agreed to re-open Riverside from 8th July, in line with Government and BCA rules and recommendations. Individuals or groups from within the same social bubble as outlined in the Coronavirus Regulations are now allowed to stay there again.

Bookings can be made via email to the Cottage Warden as usual but please check availability on the Cottage Bookings page of the web-site. You will notice that there is a 3 day (72 hour) pre and post isolation period between any two bookings and this “closure” system will remain in place to ensure the property is “bug free” until any Government advice allows any relaxation of this rule.

Members are allowed to enter Ivy Cottage lobby to access the Bridgend Keys and/or pay fees, but must not access any other part of Ivy Cottage which remains closed for use

On departing Riverside visitors will be expected to clean all touch surfaces (handles, worktops, taps etc) with the cleaning materials provided in the kitchen. All other rules for the building remain as per usual of course ( ie: bin emptying etc). The building will not then be entered by any new bookings for 72 hours to ensure the safety of the next visitors.

Thank you for all your patience over the past 14 weeks and I hope to see many of you out enjoying the Dales in the near future.

John Webb
Cottage Warden


The Meets List is suspended.

Update 18/05/2020 - The Meets list is still suspended until further notice under the requirements of the Corona Virus Regulations, however we can announce that the following meets have been postponed rather than cancelled as follows, subject to Government lockdown easing;
Spring Cottage Working Weekend – Postponed until 23rd to 25th October (now a 3 day event)
Summer BBQ – Update 11/07/2020 - This year’s Summer BBQ will NOT be going ahead now due to the Coronavirus regulatory constraints still needed to ensure that members and guests remain safe and social distancing rules are maintained.


The latest issue of "The Record" is now available from the "CPC RECORD" item in the menu above. The paper copy will be dispatched as soon as we are able to safely pack and distribute it


Gaping Gill 2020

Although there are some possible relaxations in the rules and advice, We are sorry to say that given the continued uncertainties, particularly in light of the close contact and mixing of people, the CPC committee have decided that we will not be running a public winch meet in 2020.

In addition to the direct issues (including the need for people to plan) we may not be fully able to service safety critical equipment in advance, and if there were further spikes in infection with reintroduction of restrictions, presence on the fell could be complicated.

We are discussing other options for a cavers meet, but there are no definite plans, and this may also not be possible.

As an aside, on behalf of the committee I would like to thank you all for acting responsibly with regard to outdoor activities. It is important that we maintain this and have consideration for the inhabitants of our caving areas. I will write further on this when policy changes are clarified in the next few days.