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.


Re-commencement of caving & re-opening of Cottages

Summer BBQ:

In the hope that all restrictions will be lifted by the end of June it has been decided that the Summer BBQ will be moved to Saturday 10th July. More information will follow in due course.

Gaping Gill:

There will be NO public winch meet again this year, but it is hoped to have a members and guests caving and camping meet there in August. Again, more information will follow soon.


Club Meets will be going ahead again from Monday 29th March 2021 subject to government easing of lockdown rules. Before lockdown we had 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).

These rules will be reviewed and revised in line with Steps 2, 3 and 4 of the Governments staged relaxation of restrictions, from April through to June.

If, as part of your exercise, you wish to make use of the car park or tackle store, please be respectful of local sensitivities and ensure that as a club we are compliant with the regulations. Information is also available at  https://cncc.org.uk/covid-19/index.php

Consider the implications for rescue etc. in your plans and check the access advice on the CNCC web site.  https://cncc.org.uk/caving/

The tackle store will remain available for members (who must read the notice in the store on COVID precautions before doing anything else) and the car park will remain available for members.

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.


In line with Step 2 of the lifting of restrictions, both Ivy and Riverside Cottages will be open again for bookings from Friday 16th April 2021 on the same basis as that prior to the national lockdown (ie: Individuals, or Individuals plus Partner; or Family bubbles) between Fridays and Mondays, at £4 per member and £6 per non-member per night, 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 £2.00 per person per night and a maximum of 1 tent and 2 campervans.

The cottages will remain isolated between bookings for a minimum of 72 hours to ensure the safety of the members on the next booking. There is no isolation restriction following tent and campervan bookings.

Glenn Costin & John Webb