The Gaping Gill winch operates twice a year; over the Spring Bank Week at the end of May, run by the Bradford Pothole Club and at the end of August, run by the Craven Pothole Club.
Situated on the SW slopes of Ingleborough
at an altitude of 1300ft (400m) above sea level, Fell Beck ends its meandering
course abruptly, and plunges 330ft(100m) down into the limestone plateau
creating Britainís highest unbroken waterfall. It lands on the floor of
Gaping Gill, the largest cavern in Britain, known as the Main Chamber.
Recently released on Youtube, the Sid Perou film "Gaping Gill 100 Years of Exploration" Featuring the Bradford Pothole Club, well worth a viewing!!
New! Panoramic view of the Main Chamber by Martin Smith (Click & move around the Chamber with your mouse)
The Gaping Gill system is one of Britainís
longest and most complex cave systems. As well as the Main Shaft the system
has nineteen other entrances. All these entrances unite underground and
the water running through the caves eventually emerges into daylight at
Ingleborough Cave, the Show Cave passed on the walk up to Gaping Gill.
The connection between the two caves was made in 1983 by cave divers negotiating
flooded sections of passages called sumps, using breathing apparatus.
The next Gaping Gill winch meet is by the Craven Pothole Club
In the past we offered a free copy of our "Guide to Gaping Gill" at Gaping Gill, the bad news is this year we have decided to save costs of printing & transportation, hence it will be no longer available at Gaping Gill. The good news is that we have made it downloadable, so you can print off your own, and bring it along with you!! Here is the link to the Gaping Gill Booklet, simply click on it to view, or right click and save as to print or own for your self.
Advice for visitors.
Park in Clapham village and allow one and
a half hours to walk to Gaping Gill via the Ingleborough Estate Nature
Trail and Ingleborough Show Cave.