View Full Version : Archived: Gaping Gill, Ingleborough May 2010

29-05-2010, 08:01 PM
Not in true nature of the site, as it was an open day and didnt involve sneaking onto the winch when there backs were turned :lol:

Gaping Gill is a natural cave in North Yorkshire.
It is one of the unmistakable landmarks on the southern slopes of Ingleborough - a 105 metres (344 ft) deep pothole with the stream Fell Beck flowing into it. After falling through one of the largest known underground chambers in Britain, the water disappears into the bouldery floor and eventually resurges adjacent to Ingleborough Cave.

The first recorded attempted descent was by J. Birkbeck in 1842 who reached a ledge approximately 55 metres (180 ft) down the shaft which bears his name.
The first complete descent was achieved by Édouard-Alfred Martel in 1895.

The shaft was the deepest known in Britain, until Titan in Derbyshire was discovered in 1999. Gaping Gill still retains the records for the tallest unbroken waterfall in England and the largest underground chamber naturally open to the surface.

The main chamber is said to be big enough to fit York Minster inside it.

Gaping Gill is open to the public until the Friday the 4th May
Link Below.

This is the second time ive done Gaping Gill.
It takes about 1 hour 10 minutes walk from Clapham Village to the entrance, you also walk past the entrance of ingleborough show caves.
Make sure you take a lens cloth :fail as the humidity in the air is a right pain in the arse.
On with the Pics.




Into The Abyss.






Waiting In Line To Go Back Up.

Up We Go.