Gaping Gill, Clapham

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Gaping Gill is a natural cave in North Yorkshire, England. It is one of the unmistakable landmarks on the southern slopes of Ingleborough – a 98m deep pothole with the stream Fell Beck flowing into it. After falling through one of the largest known underground chambers in Britain, the water disappears into the bouldery floor and eventually resurges adjacent to Ingleborough Cave.The shaft was the deepest known in Britain, until Titan in Derbyshire was discovered in 1999. Gaping Gill still retains the records for the tallest unbroken waterfall in England and the largest underground chamber naturally open to the surface.FeaturesDue to the number of entrances which connect into the cave, many different routes through and around the system are possible. Other entrances include Jib Tunnel, Disappointment Pot, Stream Passage Pot, Bar Pot, Hensler's Pot, Corky's Pot, Rat Hole, and Flood Entrance Pot.The Bradford Pothole Club around Whitsun May Bank Holiday, and the Craven Pothole Club around August Bank Holiday, each set up a winch above the shaft to provide a ride to the bottom and back out again for any member of the public who pays a fee.
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  • An amazing experience, not into small spaces but this is anything but. So glad I went down, even going down in the chair was an experience. All the water coming into the massive cave was a site to see...  more »
  • I was very dubious about this trip given that I am not keen on being underground and also not a fan of walking up hills so a combination of the two didn't fill me with delight! The weather on the way ...  more »
  • We enjoyed the walks, the local attractions plus the food and hospitality at the Gamecock Inn. The Wensleydale Cheese factory and at least one of the three Peaks have to be on anyone's list of musts  more »
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  • Only available 2 weeks of the year. A great experience to be winched through a small entrance parallel to the waterfall into a spectacular cave below. Be prepared to wait after an hours walk up from Clapham village we waited 3 hours for our turn on the winch down. It also took another hour to be lifted back out. It's a temporary site so no creature comforts but there was a toilet tent, which came in handy during the long wait. The caving club that run the event are all real enthusiasts and this is evident in the whole set up.
  • Awesome, when it's open (very rarely!) As everyone says, be prepared for a long long wait -- 2 to 4 hours. Go up there early, get you place, then go for a long walk while your turn comes around. The waterproofs they provide are useful, but not exactly clean, so bear that in mind. Though this is the largest natural cavern around, I'm not sure whether some of the man made caverns in the slate mines in North Wales are bigger. It's "only" the size of a cathedral inside...
  • The twice yearly winch meets are fantastic and allow non cavers to access this natural wonder - well recommended.
  • Lovely cave open to the public twice a year via the winch.
  • Must-see, but don't fall down!