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Welcome to The Craven Pothole Club


Gaping Gill Winch Open to the Public
Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th August 2016

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The links above will take you directly to our Gaping Gill information pages. 


For other information about the CPC and its activities please read on.


Please note that the winch will not be running on Bank Holiday Monday 


The Craven Pothole Club was founded in 1929; we currently have about 240 members, who come from all walks of life and many parts of the world.

The objects of our club are to promote a wide range of outdoor activities, for the benefit of members, including the exploration of caves and potholes, mountaineering,

fell walking, rock climbing, skiing, cycling and other similar pursuits.  Caving activities are centred in the Yorkshire Dales, with regular visits to other caving areas and climbing and walking trips to the Lake District and Scotland.


Our headquarters in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, next to the Crown Hotel, provide members and their guests with low cost accommodation in the heart of the Dales caving area.


The Club's formal activities are organised around an annual programme of meets at approximately fortnightly intervals during the summer and less frequently during the winter months. 

Meets cover all the principal activities of the Club with caving, walking, and foreign expeditions suitable for both the beginner and the connoisseur. 

Social highlights include our summer BBQ, the August Gaping Gill winch meet and the November AGM and Dinner. 

Informally, our members are active most weekends, caving, prospecting for new caves, walking and cycling, often using the cottages as a base.

We publish a quarterly magazine, The Record.  This keeps members informed of club activities, local and international caving news and provides the means to record
the activities of club members and articles of a more scholarly nature. 

The Club maintains a comprehensive library of books and journals and an extensive photographic archive.
The Club has a policy of keeping abreast of developments in the caving world, on a local and national scale through representation on the Council of Northern Caving Clubs
and membership of the British Caving Association.

The Craven Pothole Club is committed to the conservation of the underground environment, and takes an active part in the restoration and conservation of caves.

August 20 to August 30, 2016 GAPING GILL WINCH MEET
September 03 to September 04, 2016 GAPING GILL POST MEET WORKING WEEKEND
September 10 to September 11, 2016 TRY CAVING WEEKEND
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