Posted on 30 April 2018
Despite the snow, ice, Siberian temperatures and a dire weather forecast, Scouts from the Troop headed off into the Yorkshire Dales for a spot of Caving! The further west we got the more snow we came across and between the occasional blizzards, there were magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough. We met with the County caving Team at Selside, and the Scouts got suited up before heading off for the 10 minute walk or so to Alum Pot.
Alum Pot is a pothole with a large open shaft on the eastern flanks of Simon Fell, North Yorkshire, England. It connects with nearby Long Churn Cave and Diccan Pot. The trip that the Scouts took lasted around 2 hours or so and by the time they returned, they were a little chilly! They got changed in the tents that the Leaders had taken (and managed to pitch in a howling gale!) and soon warmed up as we headed off to the Show Cave, White Scar Caves, near Ingleton. This is the longest show cave in Britain, and the Scouts saw more formations, including The Battlefield, which at 90 metres (300 ft) long it is one of the largest known cave chambers in Great Britain.
A really good day out, and as a bonus, Donna and Richard have found a hostel that we haven’t used in the past but will be booking for a weekend later this year or early next year!