GG Winch Meet

Saturday 27th May to Friday 2nd June 2017

Opening Times 8am till 5pm, early close Fri 2nd at midday.

The price is £15 per person

No pre booking is possible and descents are in order of numbered tags issued on the day at Gaping Gill, please come early to avoid disappointment!

Download your Guide to Gaping Gill here Guide to GG

Download your Information and Advice to Visitors here Info and Advice

Satellite map of path to Gaping Gill can be found here Satellite Map

Important Information please take the time to read.

There are no public toilets beyond those in Clapham village carpark.

Please note that Ingleborough Cave is a separate attraction and not connected in any way with the Gaping Gill Winch.

Advice for visitors

  • The walk from Clapham to Gaping Gill can take up to 1 ½ hours or longer depending on your fitness and ability.
  • There are no public toilets at Ingleborough Cave.
  • At Gaping Gill there is only a very basic ‘field latrine’ facility available for our visitors.
  • Please bring your own refreshments and food as none are provided at Gaping Gill.
  • Hot & cold drinks, confectionary and ice cream are available during opening hours at Ingleborough Cave on your walk up.
  • If the Winch is not running due to bad weather or excessive numbers a notice will be posted at Ingleborough Cave for your information.
  • We recommend you wear suitable warm waterproof clothing, gloves and footwear for your visit underground.
  • We provide Helmets and also have a limited number of extra waterproofs for your visit underground.
  • Maximum weight on the winch is 20 Stone (125Kg).
  • The main chamber is floodlit but a torch will add to your enjoyment, enabling you to explore the nooks and crannies.
  • Throughout the Main Chamber are strategically placed notice boards, which enable the visitor to explore the cavern without the need for a guide.
  • Photography is allowed so do bring a camera, but bear in mind it is very damp underground so care must be taken to avoid damage to electronic equipment.

Children

  • Minimum age is 6 years at the Meet Leader’s discretion, and all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Should the child, a member of winch crew or the day leader be unhappy then the child may be prevented from descending.

Winch Closed Sign

  • If the winch is closed for any reason, a sign will be displayed at Ingleborough Cave for your information.
  • Ingleborough Cave displays the Gaping Gill winch closure notice at the request of the Bradford Pothole Club.
  • Please note that the Ingleborough Cave staff are not responsible for the Bradford Pothole Club’s decision when to close the winch.
  • Ingleborough Cave will be open as advertised throughout the duration of the BPC winch meet. More detail can be found here Ingleborough Cave

Camping

  • Only members of the Bradford Pothole Club are permitted to camp at Gaping Gill
  • Natural England and Ingleborough Estate do not permit wild camping anywhere on the Estate.
  • If you require a campsite or a bunkhouse visit claphamyorkshire.co.uk .

Groups

  • Please keep numbers to a maximum of 10 persons.

Visiting Cavers

  • The Bradford Pothole Club welcomes fellow cavers to our winch meet
  • In addition to the winch, during the meet some of the alternative ways into the system may also be rigged for SRT.
  • Only competent cavers with suitable experience and equipment, who have BCA Insurance, may access alternative entrances into the Gaping Gill system.
  • If visiting cavers choose to use our equipment it is on the understanding that they do this entirely at their own risk.
  • Please note that descents/ascents of those routes landing in the Main Chamber (Main Shaft/ Dihedral/ Rat Hole, etc.) are not permitted
  • Any existing rigging should not be tampered with or left in an unsafe condition.
  • Cavers entering the system using any of the alternative entrances must sign in (and out) with the booking in tent.
  • Anyone who plans to use the winch to enter or exit the system must book in, pay the usual fee of £15 and collect a numbered tag.

Further Information

  • Professional film or photography requests require six weeks’ notice.
  • No pets are allowed down Gaping Gill, please arrange your own pet babysitter, as we do not offer this service.
  • If there is not enough information here on the website to answer all your questions, please contact David Brook 0n 01484 683260 or e-mail by clicking blue button Gaping Gill Enquiries