Caving Experiences

Introductory Caving
A weekend of subterranean exploration, suitable for novices, discovering the unique underground world of Yorkshire’s famous caves. In the company of qualified and knowledgeable instructors and with all specialist equipment provided, you only need moderate fitness and flexibility, and an adventurous streak to venture into the depths.

Intermediate Caving
For those with some previous underground experience who want a taste of the vertical, this course offers an opportunity to descend and ascend pitches within cave systems in order to access the more difficult, less frequented areas. Detailed instruction from qualified cavers plus all specialist equipment are provided to further your underground aspirations.

Advanced Caving
For those who have experienced caving and want to take it further. Whether you want to learn to rig a cave safely so you can become independent or maybe you just want an experienced and qualified caver to do all the work for you whilst you follow into the more adventurous caves in Yorkshire! Our advanced course will be tailored to those on it so you’ll be guaranteed to get the most from your time.

2018 prices:

Introductory Caving
£170

Two full days of cave exploration and full board accommodation throughout.

Intermediate Caving
£180

Inclusive of two full days of caving plus full board accommodation

Advanced Caving
£200

Inclusive of two full days of caving plus full board accommodation.

Accommodation

The Stables

The Stables can be booked on a fully catered basis and can accommodate a total of 36 people in dormitories varying in size from 2 to 8 beds. 

The Stables feature a dining area and separate communal lounge, as well as 3 downstairs, wheelchair-accessible dormitories with adjacent accessible showers and toilets. 

Sports Complex

The sports complex can be booked on a fully- or self-catered basis and can accommodate a total of 36 people in dormitories varying in size from 2 to 12 beds.  

It has a combined dining and lounge area and is equipped with a stairlift for those with limited mobility.

Catered Camping

We are now offering camping space for up to 36 people - a truly 'in tents' experience! 

You can bring your own tents or we can arrange to supply them for you. Camping groups will be allocated their own washing and dining facilities. 

Camping is a great value way to enjoy a residential activity programme, and itself offers additional opportunities for learning and personal development.

Bunkhouse

The Bunkhouse can be booked on a fully- or self-catered basis and can accommodate a total of 24 people in dormitories varying in size from 2 to 8 beds.

FAQs

Anyone. Our specailty is working with organised groups of young people. We recommend that minimum numbers should be eight but if you have less, please get in touch and we will do our best to help. 

There are four activities per day. Start time 9.30am until 4.30pm with an hour for lunch. Each activity lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. We also offer inclusive packages which include evening activities between the hours of 7.00pm and 8.30pm.

Yes. We conform to UK national governing bodies codes of practice where applicable and the centre is licensed by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority).

Yes. With prior warning the majority of special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Yes we do. The Stables accommodation is fully accessible and all activities can be adapted to any need.

Yes, risk assessments cover all aspects of our operations and a risk management summary is available for group leaders.

Carlton Lodge provides all bedding even for the self catered.The exception is those that are camping in their own tents.

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Ings Primary School - May 2018

"The group were all encouraged and supported to achieve their goals - amazing instructors!"

College Tutor, North Yorkshire

"We were extremely impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm and patience that your instructors showed in every activity."

Youth Worker, Hull

“It was the best school trip ever, I would like to go back and do it all again.”

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