Hazards and Warnings
Warning 3 years ago
Towards the end of 2017 we were informed of a substantial collapse of the traverse shelf that leads around the top of Mud Hall. The traverse shelf has since been partially restored with an in-situ rope demonstrating the route. All cavers should however be aware that the area is still likely to be loose and may move further, and the shelf is very exposed. Go carefully, inspecting the route as you proceed and take sensible precautions. The rope and any anchors on this traverse are not CNCC endorsed, and we have had some feedback which draws the integrity of their anchorage into question. Update January 2020: There has been a further collapse of glacial mud onto the Mud Hall traverse, partially blocking the route. Work is planned for Spring to restore the path, but until then part of the traverse is very hazardous indeed. This second collapse demonstrates the need for continued care when traversing around the top of Mud Hall.
Gaping Gill Winch in Progress
If you are looking to visit caves of Gaping Gill, please note that Craven Pothole Club are currently running the winch at the Gaping Gill main entrance from 5th August to 21st August and access is limited to some other pots. Click here for further details.
Advanced online booking is required. You can also email the booking seretary.
Access to this cave is available to everyone all year round, but must be booked prior to your trip to satisfy the landowner’s requirements for managed access (and out of courtesy to other cavers too). One booking may be made per cave entrance per day. The CNCC has created a simple online booking system to allow individuals to book access to this (and other) caves using an intuitive calendar-based approach.
Note: First time users will need to register before being able to log into the system. The process should be self-explanatory but if you have any questions please email our system administrator via the address below.
Bookings made via the online system are live immediately.
Anyone wishing to book access without using the online system can do so by emailing the system administrator. Please include details of which cave you would like to book and what date:
Please note that if you are arranging your booking by email, rather than via the online system, you MUST wait for confirmation from the system administrator that your chosen date is available and the booking has been finalised BEFORE visiting the cave. Please allow two weeks’ notice in the eventuality the administrator is on holiday.
This cave is on access land. Click here for more information.
NGR: SD 75050 72610
Lat/long: 54.1487030020551, -2.38347628913763
Please note that locations 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.
Disappointment Pot is equipped with resin bonded anchors installed as part of the the BCA Anchor Scheme.
Rigging Topos and Descriptions
A thorough description of most of the popular entrances to, and routes through the Gaping Gill system, to accompany the various individual rigging topos.