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Lawn Mowers

Lawn Mowers

The club has been fortunate in acquiring two lawn mowers recently

which will greatly enhance our ability to keep the garden and the bonfire field in good shape Thanks to Bill Nix we now have a new and working petrol lawnmower. There are instructions on how to use it attached to it and it’s stored in the second outside wooden store. You’ve all got the code for that store so if you’ve nothing to do you could cut the grass out back or on the bonfire field. It’s really easy to use and there’s petrol and oil for it in the same store. It only took me one and half hours to mow both bits so a nice evening job before drinks.

Secondly we have also a sit on mower for the bonfire field. At present this is being serviced and for the time being not to be used other than by Steve Gray. Thanks to all to have helped in these acquisitions.

Farm BBQ

FARM BBQ A great turn out for the BBQ last weekend in glorious weather when we able to partake of great food and drink and enjoy the redesigned rear garden. It was very pleasing to see so many older members returning to enjoy the evening. Thanks to Martin as usual for the arrangements.



Club Badges, T-shirts, Journals, Easegill Surveys

All are now all available at the farm. Save the postage & buy yours now.

Any committee member will be happy to serve you. Display in back room at Farm

Boxing Day Walk

Its December and of course you will want to come along to our annual Boxing Day Walk in the Lakes. Its traditional, having taken place every year for over 50 years. This year we will meet at Elterwater in the car park on the north side of the common. (Not the pay and display car park in the village) Grid Ref. SD328052 . Meet at 10.45 for a 11am start

Several walks available for all abilities but Sandra will be aiming for Loughrigg summit then down to the tarn and back up through a lovely arbortorium with

fantastic large trees. It’s a social occasion and we always head to Foxfield on the coast for food and real ale at the Prince of Wales pub to round off the day. All welcome! See you there. Sandra Wilkinson.

Archaeology in Caves in the Yorkshire Dales

All members are invited to the meeting below. Bring along your friends as well.

If you intend to come please let me know so we have some idea of numbers. We may need a bigger venue.
On 5th March at 7:30 pm at Bullpot Farm Nigel Steel (see below) from DigVentures will be giving a talk on cave archaeology.The project he is involved in is called ‘Under the Uplands’, Digventures are in the process of digitally archiving the artefacts and documents from the excavations in the 1870’s in Victoria Cave (Atermire Scar) and elsewhere and place it into a digital museum that will be accessible for all online. Some of the artefacts will be in 3D enabling users to zoom in and have a look at every detail.  The group aim to teach cavers how to take the images using photogrammetry, this will also be applied underground to take images of archaeological features and artefacts as well as the cave walls and passages.
In order to promote the rescue of archaeology when cavers uncover bone or artefacts they are developing a ‘Digital tool kit’. This will give online information regarding contacts, steps to take and the process that the informed will take with the archaeology.
In August 2016 the project will be excavating the entrance of a previously unexcavated cave, Hagg’s Brow Cave, near Victoria Cave and Nigel will explain a little more about this at the talk.
Nigel Steel B.Sc.. Community Archaeologist

After a career change and archaeological degree at Bradford University Nigel now works as a professional archaeologist in several commercial archaeology units around the north of England. His love of caves began when he was 14 whilst on holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, and he joined the Y. S. S. in the early 1990s and is a member of the British Cave Research Association, Nigel’s mission is to bring cave archaeology back into the limelight and generate a longstanding relationship between archaeologists and the caving community.


If you intend to come please let me know so we have some idea of numbers. We may need a bigger venue.

Andy Hall

BCRA Events

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Caves & Karst of the Yorkshire Dales: Volume 2.

The first chapter of Volume 2, Caves of Ingleborough, is now on the BCRA website where it is available as a PDF download. BCRA Members will need to use the User-ID and access code given on your membership card. Non-members can purchase an ID. Other chapters of the Yorkshire Dales book will follow during the next two years, as and when they are prepared; the next one will be Caves of Wharfedale and Littondale. A printed volume will be published when all the chapters are completed, and the target date for that is late 2015.

Two further chapters of the Caves and Karst of Yorkshire are    now    available    to    download    from These are “The Caves of Ingleborough” and “The Caves of Wharfedale”.

Ingleborough webcam

Ingleborough webcam

Ingleborough webcam link

Images are captured every 60 seconds during daylight hours, the 12 noon image from each day can be found in the archive section.
Check out the timelapse movies created each day. Some of the most interesting sequences can be found in the showcase.

Weather in the Dales & BPF

Weather in the Dales & BPF

MET Office weather link

Ease Gill weather

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Weather in the Dales can change dramatically in a very short time. It may be fine when you go underground but it could start raining heavily whilst you are underground.
Check the forecast before you go caving!

Ease Gill Caverns Sheet 4 survey

Sheet 4 now published

The fourth and final part of the Ease Gill Caverns Survey “Top Sink to Holbeck Junction” is now published and represents the culmination of of years of work by the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club. The survey is drawn by Ray Duffy.
This A1 sheet is produced in two colours and includes the Wretched Rabbit entrance series, Pool Sink, The Borehole and Boundary Pot plus all of the minor entrances in the area.
Its accompaning A4 size 32 page companion guide has detailed descriptions of the area covered plus information on Conservation, History, Access and the background to its publication.

Copies are available at “Bernies” and “Inglesport” in Ingleton and also direct from the club by sending a cheque made payable to RRCPC to:-
7 Broadacre,

Price:  Folded survey + Companion Guide –  £.7.50  (plus £1 p/p)

Copies of Sheets 1, 2 and 3  (covering Lancaster Hole and County Pot towards Holbeck Junction) are also still available as well as the enlarged edition of the Trident Series.
Contact the club for further details or collect from the above caving retail outlet

Three Counties breakthrough

Press Release. 8th November 2011

Breakthrough connection unites counties in UK’s longest cave system.

Daily Mail Link

At 4.30pm on Sunday 6th November 2011 two dedicated teams of cave explorers broke through the final gap after 140m of tunnelling between the Lost Johns and Notts Pot caves in the Yorkshire Dales region of the country. The breakthrough was the final piece in a jigsaw which makes reality of the much postulated “Three Counties Cave System”. It is now possible for the experienced (and very hard) caver to go underground in Cumbria, travel below Lancashire and emerge in Yorkshire.

This is the culmination of 50 years patient but persistent exploration of the huge network of caves that lie beneath the moorlands just to the north-east of the attractive town of Kirkby Lonsdale.  The combined total of the new cave system is estimated to be around 100km long and the longest in Great Britain.

The existence of the mega system was first proposed by Dave Brook of the University of Leeds Speleological Association in 1968.  Since that time many different groups of cavers have striven to ‘join the dots’ between the known caves beneath Gragareth and Casterton fells.  Gradually individual caves were explored and extended and with each passing decade new connections were made.  Finally only one connection remained which has taken the last two years to pass.  And this is not the end, as although the system fulfils the dream of connecting the cave through the three counties, there are many possibilities for extending the cave much further into Yorkshire.

“That last 140m has been one of the hardest to complete, burrowing through an horrendous fault zone of broken rock. This sort of digging is not for the faint hearted, commercial miners would have nightmares”, said local caver Tim Allen, “and we have certainly had a few close shaves.  I was trapped under a collapsed boulder the size of a piano and only saved by a swift move with my crowbar.  We named that spot the ‘Piano Bar’ after that incident.   There have been a few minor injuries over the years, bashes to the face and crushed and blackened fingers, but we work as carefully as we can.  Normally we have the lead diggers tunnelling at the face supported by others moving scaffolding up, and rock and mud out.”

“Come rain or shine we have spent our Thursday nights mining away into the small hours”, said Joe Giblin of the Preston Posse of cave diggers.

“Lying flat out in liquid mud with my outstretched hand I thought this is a similar but far less glamorous moment than the famous Channel Tunnel handshake,” said Pete Hall of the Red Rose Cave & Pothole Club.

“It’s been my job to make the route safe as the diggers progress”, said veteran caver Andy Walsh, “I can’t begin to tell you how much scaffold and cement I’ve carried down that cave, and the job isn’t finished yet”.

After three years of slow progress through the huge collapse zone, a voice connection was finally established on Thursday 3rd November, and the cavers knew they were close to success. Strong teams gathered on Sunday 6th November for the final push.

“First we heard voices, then we saw a light. After a few hours we managed to pass a crowbar through the small hole, and soon after that we shook hands with the team on the other side.  Eventually we could pass through.  It was a fantastic moment.” said Hugh St Lawrence.

“Finding the right direction has not been easy”, said Frank Pearson from Preston, “We have used laser survey techniques, magnetic field radio location, followed the draught and eventually heard each other.  But in the end we were spot on.”