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 from 2nd December 2020

There are new regulations relating to CPC’s (and all other clubs) activities. These will be kept under review. If you are travelling from another area you should check the local regulations.

  1. Both Ivy and Riverside Cottages will be open again for bookings from Friday 4th December on the same basis as that prior to the national lockdown (ie: Individuals, or Individuals plus Partner; or Family bubbles) for a maximum of 4 nights between Fridays and Mondays, with a minimum fee of £10 per night. Campervans and Tents may use the car park for overnight use once again, subject to a fee of £2.50 per person per night and a maximum of 1 tent and 2 campervans.

  2. Club Meets will be going ahead again from Saturday 12th December. We have 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).

    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/

  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. 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).