Access Agreements

A summary of the terms of the access agreements negotiated by the council for areas, or specific potholes, where access had formally been denied. In some cases there have been variations to the terms of the original agreements, and in such cases the present terms are shown below.

Birks Fell

Meets secretary:

Ric Halliwell, 23 Hull Road, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 4PN
Email: r.a.halliwell@hull.ac.uk

Redmire Farm, Buckden, Nr. Skipton.

Agreement with Messers. Dacre Son & Hartley for and on behalf of  W.A.G. Watson.

  • Access to the cave is by track from Redmire Farm only.
  • Agreed access is through Birks Fell Cave entrance only unless written consent is obtained from the agent and tenant of Redmire Farm.
  • No cars to be taken to Redmire Farm. Buckden car park to be used.
  • All gates on the access track must be closed.
  • No camping permitted.
  • Access to be granted to member clubs, one per day.
  • No access from 1st Novenber-15th April the following year.
  • C.N.C.C. to be responsible for making good any damage resulting from the access to the cave and any claim arising from the damage.
  • C.N.C.C. will indemnify Mr.Watson, his agents and tenants against any claims for accidents or damage. All persons will visit the cave at their own risk.
  • Agents and tenant Mr. Horner to be notified monthly in advance of all bookings.
  • Member clubs must call at Redmire Farm, when going to and when returning from the cave, but, the tenant does not accept responsibility for notifying the authorities in an emergency.
  • The tenant may deny access on any day by giving reasonable notice
  • The owner retains the right to terminate the agreement at any time by giving written notice.

Casterton Fell

Meets secretary:

Hannah Walker, 11 Nunroyd Avenue, Guiseley, West Yorkshire, LS20 9LP
Email: casterton.permits@cncc.org.uk

Access agreement for Casterton Fell administered on behalf of the Whelprigg Estate by the CNCC. Club access only for CNCC and BCA member clubs.

It is a condition of the access agreement with the Whelprigg Estate that novice cavers are not permitted into the Easgill system and that the system is not used for training cavers in caving techniques (other than the techniques used by experienced cavers e.g. photography, surveying, and conservation.

  • Five permits per day at weekends and 2 permits per day on weekdays with a maximum of 8 cavers per permit and a maximum of two cars per permit.
  • Written application on club letter headed paper (with SAE) or via email if you have applied in the past.
  • Subject to availability, permits can be issued at short notice, however the fell is often booked up several weeks in advance so as much notice as possible is best.
  • CNCC must provide a list of authorised clubs. Access to all the caves must be on the agreed routes; these routes are displayed on the reverse of the permit.
  • Cavers must abide by the countryside code and the cave conservation code. Particular attending must be applied during the breading and nesting season for birds and also at lambing time.
  • Breaches of the access conditions can result in the withdrawal of future permits and can in certain circumstance cause the Fell to be closed.
  • No digging or explosives are allowed on the Whelprigg Estate’s land. 

Excalibur Pot

Meets secretary:

Matt Ewles
Email: speleomatt@hotmail.co.uk
Telephone: 07983 559566

Access agreement for Excalibur Pot administered by the CNCC. Club access only for CNCC and BCA member clubs.

  • One permit per week with a maximum of six cavers per permit and two cars.
  • Permits can be issued all year round, however, between 01 October and 01 February, permits can be on Sundays only due to shooting.
  • Strictly NO NOVICES on the trips due to the delicate nature of the cave.
  • Cavers must abide by the countryside code and the cave conservation code.
  • Breaches of the access conditions can result in the withdrawal of future permits and can in certain circumstance cause the cave to be closed.
  • No digging or explosives are allowed.
  • Requests for permits should be sent to the permit secretary shown above on club letter headed paper, signed by a club official, enclosing an SAE. Permit requests are also accepted by email from a club website domain email address.
  • Permits can be issued at short notice in most cases, subject to the meets secretary being available.

Ingleborough Estate

Meets secretary:

Geoff Whittaker, 19 Eden Grove, Bolton le Sands, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 8DF
Email: geoff.whittaker@idnet.com

  • CNCC to manage access to Ingleborough Estate on behalf of Ingham and Yorke.
  • Permits available to all BCA-member clubs and to named individual BCA members (CIMs/DIMs).
  • During winch meets (bank holidays at end of May and August), the CNCC will issue no permits for caves entering the Gaping Gill system, as access control of these for an approximately three week period is delegated to the Bradford Pothole Club and Craven Pothole Club respectively. These clubs may make their own arrangements to allow access for cavers during these times. If planning a trip in the weeks flanking these bank holidays, please check the website of the relevant club for details of the dates and any alternative arrangements they might provide. Typically all descents into Gaping Gill chamber (e.g. Rat Hole, Dihedral, and Main Hang) will be unavailable over this period.
  • One permit may be issued per entrance per day.
  • All cavers using a permit must have valid BCA insurance.
  • If approaching the cave from Clapham village, please park in the village car park and not outside villager’s houses, please also change into potholing gear either at the pothole itself or in the car park toilets.
  •  Vehicular access up lanes and onto the fell is not permitted.
  • Please remember that all water off the fells is part of a domestic water supply and, therefore, there should be no interference with running water.
  • For the safety of Clapham Village and Newby Cote Village, there should be no use of explosives. If you wish to use explosives, this should only be with express approval from Ingham & Yorke and Natural England.
  • Any excavation work requires prior written approval from Natural England.
  • The country code is to be obeyed at all times.
  • Camping underground is not allowed.

Leck Fell

Meets secretary:

Andrew Farrow, 6 Kirkmoor Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB72DU
Email: leck.permits@gmail.com

Agreement with Lord Shuttleworth, Leck Hall, Leck, via Carnforth, Lancashire.

  • Only three clubs per day allowed on the Fell.
  • Written application on club letter headed paper (with SAE) or via email if you have applied in the past.
  • Subject to availability, permits can be issued at short notice, however the fell is often booked up several weeks in advance so as much notice as possible is best.
  • Rights reserved to withdraw permits for shooting.
  • Routes to caves must be strictly adhered to.
  • No potholing between 1st April and 30th June.

Mongo Gill Hole and Shockle Shaft

Meets secretary:

Ric Halliwell, 23 Hull Road, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 4PN
Email: r.a.halliwell@hull.ac.uk

Sunside Allotment Greenhow Agreement with Major J.E.E. Yorke, Halton Place, Hellifield, Lord of the Manor of Appletreewick.

  • C.N.C.C. shall be responsible to the owner for the control, co-ordination and discipline of the potholing activities of it's members.
  • The agreement shall be from year to year (commencing 1st August) at a nominal rent of 5 pence per year. Either party may terminate the agreement not latter than the previous 30th April.
    • Descents of the holes to be limited to member clubs except by special arrangement. The council is to supply a list of member clubs and monthly list to owner.
    • Copy of meets list to be sent to Mrs. Gill, Stump Cross Caverns. Visiting club leaders must sign record book at Cavern office to indemnify the owner  if required.
  • No surface digging or underground blasting without prior consent, no interference with mineral workings in the area.
  • The council shall maintain the entrances in a stockproof condition and instruct members to keep to marked path from Stump Cross. No dogs allowed.
  • Any legal or other costs regarding the agreement to be paid by the C.N.C.C.

N.B. The owners of Stump Cross Caverns do not want cavers' vehicles to be parked on their car park. Vehicles should be parked on the verge beyond Stump Cross Caverns. Vehicles should not be taken down the track to the old mine building.

Penyghent Area

Meets secretary:

Sam Allshorn
Email: penyghentpermit@gmail.com

Agreement with Messers, Davis & Bowring of Gisburn for access to the land owned by the Dawson family in the Langcliffe and Horton-in-Ribblesdale Estates.

  • Only one club per pothole to be permitted on any one day.
  • Rights reserved to withdraw permits for shooting days in August, September and October.

Penyghent Area (west of the Stainforth to Halton road)

Meets secretary:

Sam Allshorn
Email: penyghentpermit@gmail.com

All permits issued for Penyghent Pot and Dalehead Pot should be posted/handed to Mick Atkinson, Dalehead House, Litton Road, Stainforth. Permits issued for Hull/Hunt area caves should be handed/posted in at Holme Farm campsite, Horton in Ribblesdale. These details are on the permits.