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Yorkshire Caving and Canyoning
Friday 19th - Monday 22nd April 2019

This adventure is now fully booked. Click the BOOK NOW button below to join our waiting list and you will be notified if a place becomes available.

Experience the Yorkshire Dales National Park literally inside-out, with an action-packed weekend exploring impressive underground cave systems, hiking some of Yorkshire’s most iconic mountains, and splashing down gorges with a thrilling canyoning session. All hosted by explorer & Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk.


More people have been to the top of Everest than down the depths of the deepest caves in Yorkshire. With 2,500 caves in the Dales alone to explore you can enjoy underground abseiling, ladder climbing, large open caverns and huge formations of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains and flowstone. The Yorkshire Dales National Park hosts the longest cave system in Britain, The Three Counties, and the largest underground chamber of Gaping Gill. Beginners can explore Long Churns with its famous squeeze called the Cheesepress, which is entirely optional for those that want to bypass it! On this weekend you’ll get the chance to explore underground as a beginner, with the routes and caving session tailored to you.

Above ground, you’ll also get the chance to take in some outstanding scenery - your accommodation is in prime position to get a 360-degree view of the magnificent Yorkshire 3 peaks (Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent). Nearby are the famous waterfalls of Ingleton, and a short drive away are the famous Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. There is the option to join a guided hike in the mountains or tap into your adrenaline junkie and opt for an exhilarating session canyoning

EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment.


Friday: On your first night arrive at your accommodation in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park from 7pm on Friday evening. Your EC host Belinda will welcome you and settle you into your room and then you can either bring your own food to eat at the bunkhouse or head out to the local pub just 5 minutes walk down the road. You’ll spend the evening getting to know each other and preparing for your weekend of adventure.

Saturday: You’ll spend a full day underground with your experienced guides exploring some of the most the stunning caves and geological features that Yorkshire has to offer - there are miles of rifts, tunnels and chambers waiting to be discovered. Prepare to get dirty, possibly wet, but have some incredible fun - you might be wading through water, climbing underground waterfalls and sliding through mud. The caving session on this weekend is aimed at beginners with little or no experience, so there won’t be any technically difficult sections, and there will be alternative routes available if you don’t fancy getting squeezed… When you get back to the bunkhouse Saturday night you’ll get a tasty home-cooked dinner and can spend the evening relaxing in the lounge or head down to the pub for a nightcap

Sunday: After breakfast, depending on your appetite for an adrenaline rush you’ll get the choice of either going on a day walk in the Yorkshire Dales National Park or spend a few hours getting wet and wild canyoning down a local river. Walking routes will be weather and group dependent but you’ll be taken to spots with the best views and the most spectacular features. Sunday will finish with hot showers and enjoying another home-cooked meal as a group.

Monday: You’ll enjoy a cooked breakfast together at the lodge before having the rest of the day to explore the National Park or head on home. If you’re hanging around your host will give you plenty of advice on what there is to do nearby.

Hankering for more hills? Would you prefer more time above ground? Check out our alternative ‘Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge PLUS+’ trip to Yorkshire on the same weekend.



Included in the price is three night's accommodation in our own exclusive use lodge; with superb views of the famous surrounding mountains. Bedrooms are dormitory style, single-sex rooms.


Your EC hosts will provide a hearty hot breakfast for you on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with a lighter breakfast on Monday, as well as a two home-cooked dinners on Saturday and Sunday nights. Please bring your own packed lunches for the weekend and enough snacks to keep your energy up. There will be a fridge at the accommodation for you to store your food. 


All technical kit for the caving and canyoning activities will be provided, and we’ll also send a list of personal kit you’ll need closer to the time.


  • Three nights' shared accommodation in our own lodge

  • One full day underground caving accompanied by qualified and experienced instructors, with minibus transfers to and from the caves

  • One full day guided hiking in the Yorkshire Dales National Park with qualified and experienced walk leaders

  • Half-day river canyoning adventure is a bargain optional extra at £20 per person

  • Three breakfasts (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)

  • Two home-cooked dinners on Saturday and Sunday nights

  • EC Hosts for the weekend


This adventure runs from 7pm on Friday 19th to around 11am on Monday 22nd April, 2019.

You'll need to pay a £100 deposit when booking with the balance due by Friday 15th February 2019.

If the trip is full, this button will take you to join the waiting list


If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.