Local Interest, Nature

The Salmon are leaping up the River Ribble

Salmon jumping at Stainforth on the River Ribble

Salmon jumping at Stainforth on the River Ribble
Salmon jumping at Stainforth on the River Ribble

Salmon jumping at Stainforth on the River Ribble









It is the time of the year for the Salmon to be heading up river to lay their eggs. The salmon is an anadromous fish. This means it is a fish that is born in fresh water, spends most of its life in the sea and returns to fresh water to spawn. I did know that but I must admit I had to look the word up. But did you know a catadromous fish does the opposite – lives in fresh water and enters salt water to spawn?

At each stage of the life cycle of the salmon distinct changes take place. Apparently it was not until the first part of the 19th century that it was proven that the adult Atlantic salmon was the same species as the striped parr found in the rivers. The Atlantic Salmon Trust have a great slide show that explains all the different stages


I went down to Stainforth Force with Smudge on Saturday morning to watch this incredible sight. The force of the river dropping down the falls that they have to leap into is amazing. If you get the chance to see this feat sometime it is well worth the visit usually during October each year.

Here is a short piece of film I put on our Facebook page.




Caving Courses, Caving for Groups, Present, Skills for Walking, SRT Trips

Christmas Gift Vouchers

Christmas Gift Voucher
Christmas Gift Voucher

We have had lots of people buy vouchers for friends, family and even themselves over the years. It gives you the freedom to either pick a specific course with a date or let the recipient arrange one to suit them. We will post you a laminated gift voucher, approx. A5 size, to give as a present on  Christmas Day.

It might be a Caving session for up to 6 people or a Navigation Course, you can pick from our web site and then just ask us for a voucher. It’s also a neat way to avoid any price increases that may happen after 1st April so you could buy one for yourself!

All vouchers need to be redeemed by 31/12/13. Dates subject to availability. They cannot be exchanged for cash.


Caving Competition Result

 What was the name of the Cave – ALUM POT is the correct answer.
Several people got this right so we asked James at Castleberg Outdoors in Settle to pick one of the names “out of a hat” All written onto neatly folded pieces of paper so he could not see anything.  The winner he pulled out was Rachel Storry.  She is very happy about the caving but particularly pleased about the meal at The Traddock !
All the other people with the correct answer will be given a one off discount voucher for one of our activities.
Watch out for another competition soon.  This one will be aimed at walkers and/or people wanting to improve their navigation skills.  Its all part of celebrating our 20th year in business.
What is the name of the cave
Caving Courses, Competition, SRT Trips, Uncategorized

Great News from the Traddock about our competition

The Traddock at Austwick who provided the accommodation and meals for the Trail magazine reporters and photographer have offered a 3 COURSE MEAL to go alongside our prize of a day’s caving for two. You will just need to buy your own drinks. Its brilliant news for the winner.  Get entering now.

Caving Courses, Competition, SRT Trips

Competition Time – Win a SRT Caving Day for 2 people

Can you name the cave and win a day’s caving activity?  In this months Trail Magazine there is an article about caving in Yorkshire called Underground Overground. Hanna, Guy and Ben were given instruction in SRT in our barn at Stainforth and then taken down a cave where they used their new skills.  The article is well worth a read and has some good pictures.  I know we might be bias but this is a good day out for anyone with a sense of adventure.  Update. The Traddock at Austwick have now also offered a three course meal as part of the prize so you can have a good day caving and then a lovely meal too.

If you would like to win a day similar to this for 2 people then you just need to answer one question.  What is the name of the cave that Hanna abseiled into?

The answer can be found in the article in the magazine which is in the July edition of Trail and it is also on their Facebook page. If you want to know more about caving courses and trips with us then have a look on our website www.yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk

If you do not want to use the form then just email us the answer to the address at the top of the page, put Caving Competition in the subject line and tell us your full name and the answer.

The competition is open to anyone but you must be at least 16 to come on the day.  The winner will be chosen from all the correct email entries received by midnight on Sunday 10th July.  The prize caving day and meal will be arranged for a date suitable for the winner, subject to availability, and will need to be claimed by 31st December 2011.  The meal is food only and you will need to buy your own drinks. There are no cash alternatives.

What is the name of the cave
Caving Courses

New Extra Date – Introduction to Vertical Caving (SRT) Day

We have an extra date for this course based at our SRT Barn at Stainforth near Settle. Sat 2nd July.  For more details for this and other caving courses visit the web site. You can also watch a short video of the type of day you could have.


Caving Courses, Caving for Groups

SRT Trip to look out into Alum Pot Shaft

Today was the first trip underground using SRT for one of our Go Dales Project groups.  They had been underground on previous sessions and also had some time learning the SRT skills in our Barn. This trip let them put those skills into practice and they got an idea of where  SRT can enable them to go.  If you want to learn about these skills or try caving then have a look at our website.