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.

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.


Dec 31st 2020 - Cottages closed - The Meets List is suspended

North Yorkshire has been put into Tier 3 from 31st December and we have to therefore close the cottages (again!) to comply with HM Government Regulations. Riverside and Ivy Cottage will close from today (31st December) until further notice. I will email those individuals with bookings in the immediate future shortly. I will review the rules on re-opening every two weeks following the planned government updates, the next being 13th January, and update this information accordingly.

The car park and access to tackle will still be available to members but anyone visiting must comply with the relevant regulations for Tier 3 and those of your own area, as well as the hygiene rules posted in the tackle store. Please also be conscious of the potential impact of your presence in the village when visiting.

Cottage Warden