CNCC Online Services Statistics

4 July 2020

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The CNCC offer a range of useful online resources, including cave descriptions, topos, safety warnings, anchor information, conservation guidance, regional news, and of course an online booking system. We are pleased to present some interesting statistics covering the booking system and topo/description downloads.

Online Booking System

The CNCC’s online booking system was launched on 1st November 2018 for the caves of Ingleborough Estate, and has since been expanded to cover Leck Fell (from 22nd August 2019) and Casterton Fell (from 11th February 2020). The system was developed to provide a compromise which enables easy access for all cavers to some of the most popular caves in the north of England (no restrictions relating to age or BCA/club membership), while maintaining a level of management that the landowners of these fells desire.

Booking a cave takes a matter of minutes and is simple and intuitive. The system has been well-received by the northern caving community and we are very thankful to everyone for your support in making it a success.

The online booking system has a secondary benefit of helping cavers to manage traffic. We never saw this as an aim of the system, however, feedback we have received suggests that cavers actually value this, as it helps avoid congestion at potholes. In more recent times, this has become especially useful to facilitate social distancing between different groups.

The online booking system now has about 550 registered users. The chart below shows an obvious jump in users at the point the system was launched (all users prior to that point were testing the system), and then a further small jump when Leck Fell was added, with a gradual rise since.

Of all users:

  • 72% have identified as male
  • 14% have identified as female
  • None have identified as other gender
  • 14% have declined to provide information on their gender
  • The average age is 46.2 years (range 17-79)

The bar chart below shows the number of bookings on a month by month basis from July 2019 to June 2020 inclusive (showing the month the booking was FOR, not the month the booking was MADE). The chart also shows an interesting breakdown of how far in advance of the trip date those bookings were made.

We can see that the total number of bookings has shown a steady increase over the last year, passing 100/month for the first time in December 2019. This is not surprising, as more caves have been added to the system. In total, 1169 bookings have been made since the system was launched up to 4th July 2020. If we look just at the month with the most bookings so far (February 2020, pre-lockdown, 129 bookings), we can see that:

  • 15 (11.6%) were made >28 days in advance of the trip
  • 32 (24.8%) were made between 8-28 days in advance of the trip
  • 59 (45.7%) were made between 2-7 days in advance of the trip
  • 9 (7.0%) were made the day immediately before the trip
  • 14 (10.9%) were made the same day as the trip

Naturally, there is a drop in April and May (the system was shut down during full lockdown then gradually reopened through May/June as restrictions eased). The data for June, the first month since lockdown where different households have been able to meet outdoors, suggests a relatively enthusiastic resumption of caving activities by many people.

When booking a cave, users are asked to check a box if they are booking on behalf of a club (for information purposes). By default, this box is unchecked. Of all bookings made using the system so far (1169), 742 (63.5%) have actively chosen to check this box to associate the booking to a club.

Descriptions and Topos

A couple of years ago, the CNCC started making rigging topos and cave descriptions available online. The descriptions came partly as a legacy from Eurospeleo 2016, but have been added to and significantly refined since. Our topo and description download statistics below provide some interesting insights into when people are going caving. Both show a similar trend, with a spike around September (potentially from usage by student clubs at the start of the new term). There is a dip over Christmas, and then a spike during January. Downloads through April/May, the key lockdown months, haven’t dropped as low as you might expect.

We remind people to always download the most recent version, as corrections and updates are made regularly, and we welcome reports on any errors or suggestions for clearer wording. We also welcome submission of new descriptions.

The total downloads between 23rd June 2019 and 22nd June 2020 (to give a one-year snapshot) are:

  • Topos: 21970 (60/day) (15345 unique downloads, 42/day).
  • Cave descriptions: 19110 (52/day) (13278 unique downloads, 36/day)
  • Publications (including our newsletters): 2360 (7/day) (1780 unique downloads, 5/day)

Rigging topo download statistics are shown below (since topo was first uploaded). Remember, some topos have been available for longer than others which might impact their totals relative to others.

Topo Total downloads Unique downloads
Alum Pot  1692 3.8% 1031 3.6%
Aquamole Pot  1024 2.3% 649 2.3%
Aygill Caverns  386 0.9% 257 0.9%
Bar Pot and Flood Entrance  972 2.2% 603 2.1%
Bar Pot and Small Mammal  562 1.3% 377 1.3%
Birks Fell Cave  520 1.2% 327 1.2%
Black Shiver Pot  496 1.1% 325 1.1%
Boggarts Roaring Holes  335 0.8% 159 0.6%
Boxhead Pot  642 1.5% 406 1.4%
Brown Hill Pot  384 0.9% 243 0.9%
Bull Pot  1237 2.8% 701 2.5%
Bull Pot of the Witches  884 2.0% 547 1.9%
Calf Holes and Browgill Cave  634 1.4% 415 1.5%
Car Pot  291 0.7% 184 0.6%
Cupcake  421 1.0% 295 1.0%
Deaths Head and Big Meanie  633 1.4% 413 1.5%
Diccan Pot  528 1.2% 327 1.2%
Disappointment Pot and Marilyn  468 1.1% 319 1.1%
Foul Pot  455 1.0% 300 1.1%
Gaping Ghyll and Jib Tunnel  682 1.5% 461 1.6%
Gingling Hole  513 1.2% 371 1.3%
Grange Rigg Pot and Christmas Pot  479 1.1% 291 1.0%
Hall of the Mountain King (Ease Gill)  592 1.3% 414 1.5%
Hardrawkin Pot  452 1.0% 291 1.0%
Henslers Pot  313 0.7% 198 0.7%
Heron Pot  656 1.5% 425 1.5%
Hunt Pot  455 1.0% 304 1.1%
Hurnel Moss Pot  371 0.8% 237 0.8%
Ireby Fell Cavern  829 1.9% 495 1.7%
Its a Cracker  720 1.6% 476 1.7%
Jingling Pot  963 2.2% 608 2.1%
Jockey Hole  561 1.3% 371 1.3%
Juniper Gulf  612 1.4% 403 1.4%
Lancaster Hole and Cow Pot  1266 2.9% 770 2.7%
Langcliffe and Oddmire  342 0.8% 226 0.8%
Large Pot  435 1.0% 300 1.1%
Little Hull Pot  457 1.0% 285 1.0%
Long Drop  466 1.1% 294 1.0%
Long Kin East Cave and Pot  367 0.8% 228 0.8%
Long Kin West  400 0.9% 252 0.9%
Lost Johns' Cave  1167 2.6% 729 2.6%
Magnetometer Pot  369 0.8% 242 0.9%
Marble Sink  325 0.7% 209 0.7%
Marble Steps Pot  754 1.7% 469 1.7%
Meregill Hole  660 1.5% 425 1.5%
New Goyden Pot  344 0.8% 231 0.8%
New Rift Pot  422 1.0% 291 1.0%
Nick Pot  333 0.8% 224 0.8%
Notts Pot  1086 2.5% 614 2.2%
Out Sleets Beck Pot  350 0.8% 227 0.8%
Penyghent Pot  546 1.2% 394 1.4%
Pillar Holes  370 0.8% 258 0.9%
Pippikin Pot  366 0.8% 248 0.9%
Pool Sink  336 0.8% 213 0.8%
Quaking Pot  702 1.6% 427 1.5%
Rana Hole (Assynt)  268 0.6% 190 0.7%
Rat Hole  267 0.6% 190 0.7%
Rift Pot  647 1.5% 413 1.5%
Roaring Hole  381 0.9% 258 0.9%
Rowten Pot  864 2.0% 561 2.0%
Rumbling Hole  455 1.0% 306 1.1%
Sell Gill Holes  1094 2.5% 671 2.4%
Short Drop and Gavel  679 1.5% 423 1.5%
Shuttleworth Pot  549 1.2% 343 1.2%
Simpson's Pot  756 1.7% 501 1.8%
Spectacle and Vesper Pot  444 1.0% 291 1.0%
Stream Passage Pot  424 1.0% 289 1.0%
Sunset Hole  712 1.6% 455 1.6%
Swinsto Hole  750 1.7% 518 1.8%
Tatham Wife  584 1.3% 381 1.3%
Top Sink  300 0.7% 200 0.7%
Uamh nan Claig-ionn (Cave of the Skulls)  333 0.8% 239 0.8%
Washfold Pot  391 0.9% 267 0.9%
Yordas Pot and Cave  1110 2.5% 702 2.5%

 

Description download statistics are shown below (since description was first uploaded). Remember, some of these description documents cover multiple caves, for example, the Gaping Gill, Leck Fell Master Cave and Ease Gill Caverns document covers several entrances and through-trips in those respective systems. Some descriptions have been available for longer than others which might impact their statistics relative to others.

Description Total downloads Unique downloads
Alum Pot and Long Churn Caves  1435 4.2% 965 4.3%
Aquamole Pot  603 1.8% 413 1.8%
Aygill Caverns  417 1.2% 297 1.3%
Big Meanie  340 1.0% 237 1.1%
Birks Fell Cave  555 1.6% 360 1.6%
Black Shiver Pot  425 1.2% 303 1.3%
Boggarts Roaring Holes  219 0.6% 149 0.7%
Bull Pot  586 1.7% 397 1.8%
Calf Holes, Old Ing and Birkwith  671 2.0% 470 2.1%
Caves of Scotland  1463 4.3% 841 3.7%
Christmas Pot  394 1.2% 263 1.2%
Cupcake  221 0.6% 162 0.7%
Ease Gill Cavern  2113 6.2% 1098 4.9%
FOUL Pot  587 1.7% 408 1.8%
Gaping Gill  1607 4.7% 911 4.0%
Gingling Hole  223 0.7% 159 0.7%
Grange Rigg Pot  314 0.9% 217 1.0%
Great Douk and Middle Washfold  776 2.3% 559 2.5%
Hagg Gill Pot  473 1.4% 305 1.4%
Hardrawkin Pot  544 1.6% 373 1.7%
Heron Pot  512 1.5% 350 1.6%
Hunt Pot  408 1.2% 280 1.2%
Hurnel Moss Pot  325 1.0% 234 1.0%
Ibbeth Peril 1  375 1.1% 277 1.2%
Ireby Fell Caverns  816 2.4% 544 2.4%
Jingling Pot  679 2.0% 460 2.0%
Juniper Gulf  511 1.5% 364 1.6%
Large Pot  550 1.6% 385 1.7%
Little Hull Pot  440 1.3% 279 1.2%
Long Drop Cave  243 0.7% 175 0.8%
Long Kin East and Rift Pot  449 1.3% 308 1.4%
Long Kin West and Pillar Holes  461 1.3% 321 1.4%
Marble Steps Pot  589 1.7% 397 1.8%
Meregill Hole  606 1.8% 397 1.8%
New Rift Pot  328 1.0% 246 1.1%
Nick Pot  381 1.1% 238 1.1%
Notts Pot  724 2.1% 486 2.2%
Out Sleets Beck Pot  430 1.3% 299 1.3%
Penyghent Pot  523 1.5% 371 1.6%
Roaring Hole  437 1.3% 310 1.4%
Robinsons' Pot  466 1.4% 342 1.5%
Rowten Pot  522 1.5% 357 1.6%
Rumbling Hole  459 1.3% 316 1.4%
Sell Gill Holes  621 1.8% 439 2.0%
Short Drop Pot and Gavel Pot  616 1.8% 410 1.8%
Shuttleworth Pot (Witches Cave) Conservation Guide  733 2.1% 411 1.8%
Simpsons Pot  573 1.7% 395 1.8%
Sunset Hole  770 2.3% 546 2.4%
Swinsto Hole  544 1.6% 374 1.7%
Tatham Wife Hole  671 2.0% 419 1.9%
The Leck Fell Master Cave System  1814 5.3% 1019 4.5%
Trapdoor Pot  88 0.3% 71 0.3%
Valley Entrance  584 1.7% 422 1.9%
Vesper and Spectacle Pot  415 1.2% 303 1.3%
Washfold Pot  387 1.1% 287 1.3%
Yordas Cave and Pot  853 2.5% 592 2.6%

 

There are clearly lots of other statistics that can be mined from the data available relating to cave booking and topo/description downloads. However, we hope that the above snapshot provides some interesting reading.