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.
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.
For several years now we have been running Introductory Caving Trips suitable for individuals, couples and small groups during the holiday periods from February until October half term. (Dates at the end of the blog)
The caves are not tight and you can walk in many sections. There are some stooping and crawling sections and even a few optional squeezes if you would like but they are not compulsory if you are worried about that. There are some deep pools to get around, waterfalls and small climbs but nothing that an averagely fit person with a sense of adventure will not be able to do. It’s a great chance to do something a bit different with some of your family or friends in an area famous for its caves.
These Caving Trips start at 5.00 pm and finish at approximately 8.00 pm so not too late for the younger ones and time to go for a bar snack locally afterwards if you want.
Your local, qualified and very experienced instructor will meet you at the parking place nearest the cave just above Horton-in-Ribblesdale and directions to the site will be given on booking.
Everyone will change into the caving kit at the road head and walk a short distance to the cave before going underground.
We supply – Caving oversuits, helmets, lights, belts, wellies, and all safety gear. We will supply you with a simple kit list on booking but it will not include the need for any specialist clothes. You will need a full change of clothes for afterwards though as you will be getting a bit wet.
The minimum age is 8 years old. As we are an AALA licensed provider we can take children under 18 without a parent or legal guardian being with us. We just need their written consent or verbal if you are bringing your own child to the caving venue. No company that charges you can take under 18s on their own without having this license as it is a legal requirement to ensure their safety.
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Summit of Fountains Fell last Wednesday. Clear blue skies but misty and murky all day in the valleys. Just shows you why its worth getting up that little bit higher. You can see Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in the distance with all the cloud in the valley. If we looked southwards we could just see Pendle peeping out too.