We have just sent out our latest newsletter with information about our new web site,. There is news about the Overground Underground Ingleborough Dales Festival where we are offering discounts, The Dales Discoveries Treasure Hunt which we are helping to sponsor and have given a prize to and the new Settle-Carlisle web site which we are on too . Have a look and if you would like to receive a newsletter of your own you can sign up here. We do not send out many and you can opt out at anytime. Don’t forget we have caving this Monday (25th May) too.
For the 5th year we are involved in this brilliant festival which is a “weekend of diverse activities that will bring the unique landscape of the Ingleborough Dales to life in inspiring and unexpected ways”. The Festival runs over the weekend 19th – 21st June. We will be running two opportunities to try caving for anyone eight and over who is reasonably fit and able to bend a bit. The trips are designed to introduce people to the wonders of the underground dales. These will be on the Saturday and Sunday starting at 5.00 pm and finishing by 8.00 pm. For more information and to book visit our Eventbrite page or give us a call.
We will also be running a “Developing Your Compass Skills” day on the Saturday which is for people who know the basics of map work but have either never used a compass or are a bit rusty. On Sunday we will be running an “On Track – Getting Started with Navigation ” day which is designed for people who are real beginners. Both these days run from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. They are suitable for anyone 14 and over. More details on all our activities can be on our web site www.YorkshireDalesGuides.co.uk . If you visit the festival site at www.ogug.co.uk you might just find a code for some discount and all of our events over this weekend.
There are lots more events over the weekend of the Festival including Art Exhibitions, Free Airbay Jump Day, Indoor Bouldering Competition, Films, Talks, Archaeology, Running, Wildflower walks, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Demonstration and Water Zorbing. A real action packed weekend with something for everyone.
Back in late November we received a call from the BBC who were producing the Pennine Way programme currently showing on BBC 1 in the North on Fridays at 7.30 pm. Dave had been talking to Lucy from the production team earlier in the year but we understood there might not be enough room for a caving trip so thought that was that. The call in November was to ask us if we could take Paul Rose the presenter caving in a few days. They realised, as they began filming, there was enough great material to fill another episode to make it last for 4 weeks. Dave was on holiday so we asked Sean Whittle, who works with us regularly, if he was available and luckily he was. A star is born!
It is a great series and is available on the BBC iPlayer as well as still running for another 2 weeks on BBC1. We understand in the future it will be showing nationwide on BBC2.
Here is the link to the episode with Sean in and it also includes great footage of Malham Show, Climbing at Malham Cove, Pen-y-ghent Cafe and the Three Peaks. Well worth a watch.
So if you fancy trying caving with us then get in touch. We have holiday evening caving trips that individuals, families and small groups can join in, you can join a course or you can book your own instructor for a day and time convenient for you. We also run navigation courses for those of you that might want to tackle the Pennine Way or maybe just parts of it.
if you book one place at the full price you can have a second one for half price.
Just because it is winter does not mean you have to hibernate as it is a great time to practice your navigation skills as the sometimes more challenging weather can help you develop and gain confidence in the skills you need to go “off road”. If you have not done any navigation before you could try an On Track Day. If you know the basics and would like to learn how to use a compass then a Developing Your Compass Skills day is for you. If you would like to spend a weekend learning and developing your navigation skills you could join one of our NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) 2 day non-residential courses. These are accredited courses and you get a certificate and badge on completion.
If you felt you wanted to be a bit more adventurous then you could try caving on a Monday evening during the school holidays or an Intermediate Caving day if you wanted to try going down a small pitch on a ladder. If you have been caving before then why not learn some vertical caving skills ready for the warmer weather on our Introduction to Vertical Caving (SRT) course which takes place in our barn so is not weather dependent.
Here are all the dates in one place. If you are interested in finding out any more information on any of our events just get in touch
|Event||Dates||Price per person||Usual minimum age|
|NNAS Navigation Course||Sat 24th & Sun 25th January||£115.00||14 years old|
|Introduction to Vertical Caving (SRT) Course||Sat 14th February||£75.00||16 years old|
|Developing your Compass Skills Day||Sat 14th February||£60.00||14 years old|
|On Track Day||Sun 15th February||£60.00||14 years old|
|Holiday Evening Caving Trip||Mon 16th February||£25.00||8 years old|
|NNAS Navigation Course||Sat 21st & Sun 22nd January||£115.00||14 years old|
|Holiday Evening Caving Trip||Mon 23rd February||£25.00||8 years old|
|On Track Day||Sun 14th March||£60.00||14 years old|
|Developing your Compass Skills Day||Sun 15th March||£60.00||14 years old|
|Introduction to Vertical Caving (SRT) Course||Sat 21st March||£75.00||16 years old|
|Intermediate Caving Trip||Sun 22nd March||£45.00||12 years old|
|NNAS Navigation Course||Sat 28th & Sun 29th March||£115.00||14 years old|
|Holiday Evening Caving Trip||Mon 30th March||£25.00||8 years old|
This is free and easy to enter. We will have to delay the first newsletter coming out from January 6th to the following week due to a bereavement but the draw still closes at midnight on 31st December. You can of course still sign up after that date to get the newsletter but you will not be able to be in this particular draw. There will be more chances to win vouchers and activities throughout the year though by signing up for the newsletter.
The newsletter will be certainly not be coming out every week so we will not be bombarding you with emails. It will just be for telling you what we are up to and any other interesting events or news that you might be interested in.
If you sign up to our mailing list before midnight on 31st December you could be the lucky winner of a guided walk in the Three Peaks area, a day of navigation skills training or an introductory or intermediate caving trip. The prize will be for you and up to 3 friends and you pick which prize you would like.
10 other people will be given a one off 10% discount voucher to use on any of our activities.
For more details and to subscribe to our newsletter visit http://yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk/wp/christmas-competition-2014/
We now have some new flyers for the business so it is time to get them out to accommodation providers and other outlets in the local area. If anyone would like some please let us know. B&Bs, Hotels, Tourist Information Centres, YDNP centres or any attractions such as show caves and shops.