Yorkshire Cave Areas: Gaping Ghyll
Gaping Ghyll is probably the most famous cave in
Great Britain, being the deepest surface shaft into a huge main chamber.
Every year on the
bank holidays there are winch meets when the general public can be
lowered down and given a guided tour. Click on the small photograph to
view a full-size version of a picture of the winch.
The most popular entrances into the Gaping Ghyll system are
- Bar Pot, LUSS's adopted cave
- Flood Entrance (and the nearby Wade's Entrance), with an impressive
descent down a shaft above South East Pot to a ledge adjoining the route
from Bar Pot to the main chamber.
- Stream Passage Pot
- Disappointment Pot, with a duck near the entrance, but generally a shorter
route to the far reaches of the system
- Car Pot
- and of course Gaping Ghyll main shaft, which can be descended directly
or, to avoid the water, down the side in three drops.
published an article on some aspects of the
development of Gaping Ghyll.
The following images may be downloaded:
Arthur Vause has a photographic record
of a trip between Bar Pot and the main chamber.
A permit is required before these pots can be accessed. It may be obtained
by writing to Dr. Farrer, Ingleborough Estate Office, Clapham. During a
winch meet trips should be arranged with the controlling club.
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