Three Counties - Lune Valley initiative

28 April 2022

The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust have a new initiative surrounding the Lune Valley/Three Counties region:

https://www.ydmt.org/what-we-do/three-counties/

This scheme aims to gather funding to deliver a wide range of projects and initiatives to make the region even better for people to access and enjoy. Full details of the scheme are here:

https://www.ydmt.org/resources/imag...unties Lune Valley short summary April 22.pdf

The area provisionally covered spans the caving regions of Casterton Fell, Leck Fell, Kingsdale and western Ingleborough including Ribblehead and Chapel-le-Dale. The Three Counties Cave System is specifically called out in the above document, so they are aware of the participation in caving in the region.

The project has analogies to the former Stories in Stone initiative, covering the Ingleborough area, where we benefitted from considerable funding for several conservation projects. The CNCC was praised for our proactivity in undertaking projects and spending money!

We have made contact to introduce ourselves as the regional caving council.

They are keen to gather the widest range of views and ideas from people who live or visit the area. What more could be done to benefit the landscape, improve access and enjoyment. The online survey (link below) is an excellent way to do this.

https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/702d1e1d9d23485bbb46baa3547e1dea

In particular, the survey allows you to pinpoint on a map as many key sites where you feel improvements could be made, including the entirety of the Three Counties cave system. This is a great opportunity for cavers to make their views heard and to ensure our sport remains on their radar (particularly when it comes to funding projects). Where can improvements be made to accessibility or conservation?

If you live in, or regularly visit this area, we encourage you to take five minutes to fill in the survey.

The survey is only open until the end of April, so just a few more days (sorry for the short notice folks, the availability of a survey has only just come to our attention).