Gapping Gill, Clapham

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#8 of 10 in Nature in Yorkshire Dales National Park
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 highest 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 walked up Ingleborough and headed across to Gapping Gill. It’s quite incredible and well worth the effort. On a freezing cold and wet day in January it was totally deserted and we had time to check...  more »
  • We walked here as part of a days walking and it was definitely worth the effort. Really spectacular, not to be missed if in the area.  more »
  • We did not go down Gaping Gill - we simply walked up to the hole from Clapham. It is a challenging walk and takes a good 90 minutes. In one sense there is not much to see but the hole itself is scary ...  more »
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  • Amazing place! Unique chance to dive into the undegroud world with a crazy lift. Experience you will never forget!
  • An awe of a cave. Waterfall in to the cave. Its a trek from car park about an hour. Couple of companies do a winch for a week in the year so worthwhile checking dates. First few days mega busy then not so busy. Go early in the morning. Great experience. No climbing or caving experience required.
  • Good experience, once you get to the bottom you need to be experienced to carry on in the cave, long walk from Clapham to get there
  • Awesome experience getting to descend down I to the cave
  • You can descend into another world on one of the winch days towards the end of May and August (any other day it's just some water - and the occasional sheep - falling into a deep dark hole). A thrill ride unlike any other, you are dropped through a water fall and into a cavern that could hold York Minster. Take waterproofs and get there as early as you can (it takes over an hour to walk uphill from Clapham). Most days only 150 people can make the trip (200 on the weekend when they operate the winch for an extra 2 hours). Cavers (but not general members of the public) are allowed to camp overnight on site, so there can be 30 people in the queue first thing in the morning. Cavers are also crawling in from side passages and then wanting winched out which can create a bottleneck of people waiting to be lifted out. We got there at 11.30 on a Monday morning thinking it wouldn't be too busy and were among the last 20 people allowed down that day after a 3.5 hour wait (time enough for a picnic atop Ingleborough). It started to rain heavily on the walk afterwards back to Clapham and I remembered one of the cavers saying the year before the cave filled with water 20 feet deep, swirling like a giant washing machine. An awesome experience.

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