Discover 450 million years of geology on this unique tour with Ingleborough Cave. Join us on a journey through Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire Dales National Parks’ famous Three Peaks, for a 450 million year journey through time. On this guided walk, led by a local expert caver, John Cordingley, you will explore some of the UK’s finest limestone scenery.
Put together specifically for this event, our bespoke route will take you to many sites of geological interest including a major unconformity, the Craven fault system, Ingleborough Cave, Trow Gill Gorge, the main surface entrance to Gaping Gill and other less known but equally fascinating features.
This event offers a unique opportunity to learn, from a caver’s perspective, how the Ingleborough district and its magnificent cave systems have been created and sculpted by nature, including several ice ages.
John, a highly experienced caver and cave diver who has been involved with numerous explorations and discoveries in both the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District will guide you knowledgeably through the cave and is on hand to answer your questions.
Despite starting to reach mainstream popularity in the 1940s and 50s, caving goes back as far as the 17th Century. In the late 1880s, French researcher Edouard-Alfred Martel was laying the foundations of cave exploration, dedicating much of his free time to travels across France for the purpose of mapping and studying its extensive cave networks.
Modern techniques and approaches have brought a much wider appeal, as participants could now put their trust in nylon ropes and scaling poles, rather than the traditional fibre ropes and metal ladders available to Martel. Today, this spirit of invention and advancement still pervades, with much time and effort being spent across the world to not only enable cavers to reach new depths but do so safely and securely.
What do I need?
Please come equipped for a day’s walking with walking boots, weather protection and a good packed lunch! No special geological equipment is required.
Prices and Booking
£70 per person
Book your space via our website
Please note that refunds are not given for late arrivals. In the event of a cancellation, we will try to contact you as soon as possible. An alternative date will be offered where possible, or a full refund will be provided. The organisers reserve the right to change the route of the event if external factors prevent the planned route from being followed.
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