Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the government recommended social distancing the BPC Gaping Gill Winch meet for May 2020 has been cancelled.
The price is £15 per person. Note: we currently only accept cash payments.
We are open from 8am, BUT as we are limited to the amount of people we can winch in one day. Closing is when the book is full or 5pm, with an earlier close on the Friday at midday to enable us to start our dismantling work.
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!
Please bring your own suitable warm waterproof clothing, gloves and footwear for your visit underground, we provide helmets.
Download your Guide to Gaping Gill here Guide to GG
Download your Information and Advice to Visitors here Info and Advice
Satellite map of the easiest route via Nature Trail to Gaping Gill can be found here Satellite Map
Please be aware that if taking the route through the Nature Trail there is a charge by Ingleborough Cave of £1 per adult and 50 pence per child.
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.
- Please bring your own suitable warm waterproof clothing, gloves and footwear for your visit underground, we provide helmets.
- Portaloos are provided near Ingleborough Cave.
- There is only a very basic ‘field latrine’ facility available for our visitors at Gaping Gill.
- Please bring your own refreshments and food as none are provided at Gaping Gill.
- Hot & cold drinks, confectionery 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.
- 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, however only phones and cameras with a suitable lanyard can be used when on the winch itself. Also bear in mind it is very damp underground so care must be taken to avoid damage to electronic equipment.
- 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.
- 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 for information and recommendations.
- Please keep group numbers to a maximum of 10 persons.
- The Bradford Pothole Club welcomes fellow cavers to our winch meet.
- During the winch meet some of the alternative ways into the system may also be rigged for SR. Just enquire at the booking in tent to find out what is rigged. However the BPC request that all visiting cavers vacate the system by 17:00 on the Thursday of open week as derigging may commence at this time.
- Only competent cavers with suitable experience and equipment, who also 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.
- Access to the main chamber will be restricted on the Saturday of set up and the final Friday of the open week due to the risk of falling objects.
- 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.
- 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 to answer all your questions please contact David Brook via this link e-mail David