Warnings

Alum Pot

(Alum Pot)

Warning issued today:

Ash Dieback has badly affected some of the trees overhanging Alum Pot, leaving them in a critical condition (i.e. dead). They are likely to shed branches and potentially even be uprooted. Care should be taken descending particularly in times of gusty winds, and of course do not use them for rigging.

Bull Pot of the Witches

(Casterton Fell)

Warning issued 6 days ago:

We have been warned that the tree used for rigging of the Direct Route has die-back, although it is unclear to what level. Dead branches are already dropping off, and the whole tree may drop at some point. Cavers are urged to make a careful judgement if considering using this tree for rigging.

Cow Pot

(Casterton Fell)

Warning issued 1 month ago:

Reported 21st June 2022: The climb down at the start of the Aardvark Country route (after the entrance pitch) has been reported to be in a poor condition, with rocks breaking through original wood shoring and potentially in a position to fall on ascending or descending cavers. Extreme care should be taken here. This does not affect the more traditional route shown on the rigging topo (which does not descend this climb).

Notts Pot

(Leck Fell)

Warning issued 1 month ago:

Warning received 20th June 2022: A team at the top of Centre Route heard what sounded like a very substantial rockfall somewhere in the cave. They could not see anything immediately around or below them, suggesting it was a distance away. We are unclear exactly where this rockfall has occurred, but it may be considerable. Future visiting groups are asked to take considerable care throughout the entire cave, be extra-observant for signs of recent movement, and report to CNCC any observations. We remind you that a rockfall occurred on the traverse up to Adamson's Route in 2021. This was subsequently cleared. We are not sure if this more recent rockfall could be related, although one would have expected it to sound closer from the top of Centre Route if this was responsible. Therefore please assume that this collapse could have occurred anywhere in the cave until we have more information, and take appropriate care. This warning will expire after one year.

Bruntscar Cave

(Bruntscar)

Warning issued 5 months ago:

Warning received that the barn wall near the entrance of Bruntscar Cave is in a dangerous condition and liable to collapse. This presents a severe hazard to visiting cavers. The landowner has closed access, but hopes to restore access as quickly as possible. However, as the barn is a listed building, undertaking the work may take some time. Check back for more details.

White Scar Cave

(White Scar)

Warning issued 1 year ago:

Following some movement and extreme instability in the boulders beyond Big Bertha choke, access to the cave beyond the Show Cave is currently off limits (as of 21st June 2021). Work is currently being planned between Craven Pothole Club, the CNCC, and the Show Cave Owners to resolve this and restore safe access, but until then, no trips are possible. This warning will be removed once the issue has been resolved.

Great Douk Pot

(Chapel-le-Dale)

Warning issued 1 year ago:

Visitors should be aware of the following notice: https://cncc.org.uk/news/20210419-great-douk-collapse

Great Douk Cave

(Chapel-le-Dale)

Warning issued 1 year ago:

Visitors should be aware of the following notice: https://cncc.org.uk/news/20210419-great-douk-collapse

Wretched Rabbit

(Casterton Fell)

Warning issued 1 year ago:

Substantial boulder movement has been reported at the Wretched Rabbit entrance on 30th March 2021, with one large boulder partially blocking the entrance and others poised to fall from the cliff above. Extreme caution is required! This warning will remain until we have confirmation the situation has been made safe. Update 3rd April 2021: Red Rose members have examined the situation at Wretched Rabbit. The entrance is a serious hazard at the moment particularly the roof slabs just inside the entrance which are totally unsupported, move at a fingers touch and would cause serious injury or worse if they dropped on someone. The entire cliff above, and surrounding, the entrance also shows signs of cracking and movement. The entrance is currently covered over with slabs and posts to discourage entry. WE ADVISE, FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY, DO NOT USE WRETCHED RABBIT ENTRANCE INTO EASE GILL CAVERNS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We have assigned the cave as 'closed' as the entrance is deemed to unsafe to use. Keep checking back here for more information, this warning will be updated as things progress.

It’s a Cracker

(Leck Fell)

Warning issued 1 year ago:

Reported 10th September 2020; Potential loose boulder overhanging the narrow rift with in-situ handline connecting the Cresta Run down to the lower series near the start of the route to Lyle Cavern. Take note and due care.

Boxhead Pot

(Leck Fell)

Warning issued 1 year ago:

Reported 10th September 2020; Potential loose boulder overhanging the narrow rift with in-situ handline connecting the Cresta Run down to the lower series near the start of the route to Lyle Cavern. Take note and due care.

Stream Passage Pot

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Stile Pot

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Small Mammal Pot

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Rat Hole

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

OBJ Hole

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Marilyn

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Jib Tunnel (Dihedral)

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Hensler's Pot

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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 (Main Hang)

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Flood Entrance (Wades)

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Flood Entrance (original)

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Disappointment Pot

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Corkys Pot

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 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.

Flood Cavern

(Dentdale)

Warning issued 4 years ago:

As of summer 2017 the cave entrance is totally blocked by flood debris with high risk of infection due to rats. No access is currently possible.

Voldemort Hole

(Leck Fell)

Warning issued 4 years ago:

Report received February 2018: The uphill side of the dug entrance shaft is in danger of collapse; the wooden shoring is rotting away. Anyone visiting the cave needs to take extreme care and assess this carefully.

Meridian Pot

(Leck Fell)

Warning issued 4 years ago:

Entrance pipe reported (October 2017) to be in hazardous state. It is advisable not to descend. Discussions are currently ongoing about a possible project to restore and/or stabilise the entrance.

Hull Pot

(Penyghent)

Warning issued 4 years ago:

Despite the inviting appearance of the enormous Hull Pot, the lower pitches are some of the most flood prone in The Dales and can only be descended in very low water levels.

Earl Pot

(Penyghent)

Warning issued 4 years ago:

The Skullery area is extremely loose. The whole cave is exceptionally flood-prone.

Ayleburn Mine Cave

(Alston & Cross Fell)

Warning issued 4 years ago:

The entrance to Ayleburn Mine Cave is currently blocked.

Penyghent Pot

(Penyghent)

Warning issued 5 years ago:

Work to stabilise the entrance to Penyghent Pot was completed on Sunday 6th August 2017 after three weekends of work by various volunteers. All of the old scaffolding was removed and new scaffolding has been installed. Larger blocks further down the shaft have been stabilised with lintels as best as possible. A new mesh lid has been fitted to make it sheep-proof. Anyone visiting this cave is strongly advised to pay particular attention and to check for loose rocks and scaffolding on the descent; despite all our best efforts, there may still be some loose debris, or more rocks may become loose as the new entrance and scaffold beds itself in and settles. You must make your own judgement as to whether it is safe and appropriate to descend. Particular care is also required in the region just beyond the bottom of the entrance shaft due to a number of large boulders. Please report any observations to the CNCC and check here for warnings of such observations before any trip.

Old Ing

(Birkwith)

Warning issued 5 years ago:

The Old Ing free dive lines (sumps 1 and 2 to leeds-liverpool canal) are in poor condition. Specifically, it looks like the middle anchor (in the airbell) has failed. Additionally there is another rope in the sumps that may or may not be tied in underwater/in airbell. This additional rope could be floating free/loose or may be tied into the (submerged) Red Moss Series.

New Goyden Pot

(Nidderdale)

Warning issued 5 years ago:

We have had a report that a block has fallen out of the roof between the entrance and first pitch and another is on the move. Take extra care in this area.

Shuttleworth Pot

(Leck Fell)

Warning issued 5 years ago:

Subsequent to previous issued warnings regarding serious collapse on the Divers Pitch (see CNCC newsletter, January 2016), we have received an update on the situation. The steep boulder slope down towards the river (at the bottom of the main pitch) has slumped and the original anchors (which are non-CNCC endorsed anchors) are too high. The slope is collapsing backwards, and the rope from the main pitch now lands on an extremely unstable slope. The situation is extremely dynamic, and all cavers visiting Shuttleworth Pot are advised to take extreme care on the main pitch, particularly at the bottom where the slope is unstable, and to avoid descending the Divers Pitch completely.

Christmas Pot

(Gaping Gill)

Warning issued 5 years ago:

We have received a report that during a trip in late November 2016, there may have been a serious collapse of the ledge above the second pitch. Cavers are urged to take extreme care and to assess the situation carefully throughout the cave. Please report to us any observations. Update December 2016: Report received from recent group. The collapse was at the 2nd re-belay of the first pitch series, where 2 large boulders are balanced above the 3rd re-belay, making getting to the 3rd re-belay slightly awkward as the rope tugged on one of the boulders a bit. The boulders looked a bit dodgy (as if they could fall if given a good enough kick) but stayed put and the gap left was large enough to easily abseil through. All visiting groups are urged to take extreme care.