Calf Holes (Birkwith)




The farmer at High Birkwith farm has asked that no one visit the caves of Birkwith, Calf Holes, Browgill, etc. during the Corona Virus outbreak. I doubt many of you are thinking of caving at this time anyway. Please abide by his wishes as we do not want to jeopardise future access. We are expecting normal access to these caves to be resumed once the crisis is over.


Important changes for those accessing Birkwith area caves August 2019 onwards:

Following various issues, the landowners at High Birkwith Farm have decided not to allow any further parking whatsoever on their land. Therefore, effective immediately do not take vehicles onto High Birkwith land under any circumstances.

Cavers are still welcome to park elsewhere and approach all of the caves on foot across High Birkwith land.

To discourage parking on the single track road from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Birkwith and to avoid congestion at Selside (Alum Pot Lane), the CNCC have been working with other nearby farms to try to identify a parking solution for cavers.

Mr David White, at Low Birkwith Farm, has agreed to allow cavers to park, for a fee, in his farmyard. Turn left to the farm just before you get to High Birkwith land. Please park in front of the barn wall which has a black letterbox mounted onto it. The fee is five pounds per car or fifteen pounds per minibus, and this should be put into an envelope stating your vehicle registration and posted into the black letterbox.

There is a public right of way from the back of the house up to High Birkwith (only 500m away). There is no need to ask permission at High Birkwith Farm to access the caves.

This parking option has been agreed exclusively for cavers.

Any inconsiderate parking adjacent to the single lane highway between Horton-in-Ribblesdale and High Birkwith (i.e. in the passing places or gateways), or irresponsible use of the new facilities at Low Birkwith Farm will cause further issues and is likely to result in the withdrawal of all parking options in the area.

This cave is NOT on access land. Click here for more information.


NGR: SD 80400 77580

Lat/long: 54.193602887681,-2.30189543908501


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Please note that grid references are correct to the best of our knowledge however are often taken from old books so they may not be absolutely accurate and are shown simply as a guide.


Calf Holes is equipped with Eco 'P' resin anchors within the BCA Anchor Scheme.

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Last updated: 23 Mar 2020

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