GAPING GILL & INGLEBOROGH CAVE - YORKSHIRE DALES
The Yorkshire Dales is defined by the limestone it is made of. Look beneath your feet, and you will discover a world carved out by water resulting in tunnels and cave systems that stretch out for miles. The area is littered with potholes, tiny entrances to this underground world. It is not an uncommon sight to come across a group of waterproof-clad humans about to brave the dark passages below. At the foot of Ingleborough is the 98-metre deep pothole, Gaping Gill. This point of interest is barely visible until you are peering over its edge. Once a year the Bradford Pothole Club lower willing participants into the gloom to visit the vast cavern below. If you daren’t brave the drop, Ingleborough Cave is an alternative, far more accessible but in no way disappointing. The darkness hides previous visitors to the area in the form of fossilised creatures who once lived at the bottom of an ancient ocean.