Cave South Lakes 

17th - 19th April 2020 - Open to everyone
26th to 28th June 2020 - Open to everyone
25th - 27th September 2020 - Open to experienced cavers or those who book on one of the above at the same time
based in Ingleton

Explore the Underground 

The geography around the Cumbria/Yorkshire border is a natural wonder. Better yet - this particular wonder has left us with a rock labyrinth to explore and enjoy

No experience necessary 

We run  two types of trip - one for everyone and one for those who have been vertical caving before

Beautiful surroundings 

There is something stunning about the landscape here - the environment works to different rules, epic and beautiful.

Lady celedrates getting to top of climb

Amazing Accommodation

Clean, warm, welcoming, quiet lodge accommodation

Easy walk-ins 

Walk-ins are straight forward and quick. Generally, the ground is grass and track

Grow your caving 

We seek to make sure that once you get the bug you don't have to stop - we run regular trips to new areas and as far as possible vary our local venues so there is always something to come back to. 

Caving in the Limestone Labyrinths 

Otherworldly adventure exploration

As you gaze over the Inglebourgh landscape you realise the landform rules are different here to most of the rest of the country.

This is limestone country a land form formed of rock from the sea bed slowly dissolving.

There isn’t a river in the valley that you can see - there is in fact, one, but it is far below your feet flowing and chasing out its course through the rock itself and leaving behind passages, tubes, tunnels and grand amphitheatres.

This is where we will play for the weekend exploring the network the water has left behind and the ancient monuments to the microscopic transition of rock to and from solutions which gives up stalagmites, vast billowing rock curtains, gour pools and delicate hollow straws.

DAY 1
On the open, for everyone courses, we spend the first day exploring a horizontal cave - one which requires little or no specialist climbing equipment to access. At the end of the trip, we will spend a little time either at a suitable outdoor spot or indoors going through how to climb and lower using climbing equipment ready for the next day.

DAY 2
Today we build on day 1’s experience and knowledge and have a wider range of caves to explore now that we can ascend and descend effectively.

Open to experienced caver trips
These trips are designed on the foundation that everyone on the trip understands the systems and procedures we use to climb and lower already. We will, of course, be there to help refresh you if it has been a while.

These trips have more staff to allow for bigger and more challenging caves to be explored.

NOTE - All caving is heavily weather dependent there is a chance that plans and schedules may need to be changed. There is a very small chance in extreme weather that no caving can be done at all. Alternative activities will be arranged at the time. 

Lovely Accommodation

Relax after a great day in beautiful wooden cabins

We have chosen these cabins because they combine a caring owner, nice cabins along with  great proximity to pubs, the indoor climbing wall and the train station. 

The site has only ten cabins in total, each at the end or their own short drive. It gives a great sense of space and calm and ensures that only your vehicles are moving around in your area. 

There is a selection of doubles, twins, bunks and triples. You can even hire a cabin to yourself if you would like the extra space. 

Fantastic Food 

Fuel for fun 

Lovely simple food is prepared by the instructors, with all meals provided. There is also access to the kitchen to make your own snacks and brews. Help washing up or chopping is always appreciated but not mandatory.

Breakfast is cereal, toast and something hot in a bun.

Lunch is fresh local pie, cake and hot drinks.

Saturday dinner is typically Lasagne, with garlic bread and salad.

On Sunday we normally stop for a warm lunch and recovery near the climbing venues - which means we can climb until the last minute and send you home with a packed meal for your journey. 

Important Climbing info

Dates and Costs 

  • 2 Caving days and 2 overnight stays: Friday to Sunday 

  • Pickup: Oxenholme Station 7PM Friday  

  • Drop off: Oxenholme Station
    4pm Sunday

  • Free extension in accommodation to Monday 10am (own transport) 

  • £200-£270 per person in a shared room

What is included?

  • Indoor accommodation in a shared room

  • Food from Saturday Breakfast to Sunday Evening 

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified caving instructors

    Transport from the train station and to the climbing venues

    Transport is not included to Oxenholme - Direct trains from Manchester, London, Glasgow and Edinburgh

What do we actually do

  • Two days caving Saturday and Sunday

  • Both horizontal and vertical challenges

  • Coached practice of climbing and descending 

  • Go for a pint 

  • Have a laugh as a friendly welcoming group of like minded people 

South Lakes climbing accessibility

Vision

  • Suitable for all people able to manage own travel to the pickup point

  • Suitable for all those who do not need a dedicated guide or bring their own

  • We will help with inductions to buildings and activity guidance

  • Caving requires movement over rough ground, hands and feet climbing and crawling. This is done at a slow pace with lots of assistance available. 

Cognition

  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer (who doesn't necessarily have to climb)

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

  • Participants should be capable of being left at the accommodation unsupervised or accompanied by a carer

Mobility  

  • Caving  access requires rough ground walking, narrow passages and low roofs

  • Instructors can support from the bottom, top and alongside to get people started and confident

  • Additional support from rope systems can help climbers struggling with strength

  • Not suitable for those who rely on wheeled mobility aids (we can put together a bespoke option for this) 

Auditory 

  • Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate or please  bring an interpreter 

  • Our current climbing instructors do not use BSL. A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available.

  • We have radios and Tloop transmission  units to aid hearing when climbing and in general 

How to book 

Booking is easy and straight forward 

Just pop some details down and we will make contact, answer any questions and sort out the money. 

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