Gaping Gill, Clapham

Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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 
  • Gaping Gill is probably the most famous British pothole, where the modest upland stream of Fell Beck is suddenly swallowed down below ground, dropping 330 feet from the unfenced lip down to the floor ...  read more »
  • Visited recently as well as about 10years ago and have descended with Bradford pothole club both times. Views down the cave are incredible. Second time round we went further into the caves which was f...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Went down on one of the open days. One of the best days out we've had. Brilliant experience.
  • Very impressive place!
  • Must-see, but don't fall down!
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