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Potholing for 60 Years 1954 - 2014

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Membership Details

Thank you for your interest in the club!

In order to join in with WRPC activities you must be at least 16 and become a Probationary Member.

Probationary Membership lasts for 6 months. During this time you must attend THREE official club trips underground (there is at least one per month, normally on a Sunday), be able to tie a bowline knot, and have satisfied the Executive Committee that you are both safe underground and compatible with other members. When you have completed these requirements your name is put before the Committee again, and if accepted you become a Full Member.

Members of the club go caving most weekends, and the club can obtain permits for any caves you specially want to visit. We have a wealth of underground expertise, and many of our members are also in Cave Rescue.

Special trips are arranged for beginners, and we provide all necessary equipment.

Full Membership entitles you to:
  • Free loan of all club equipment
  • Discounts at some caving shops
  • BCRA insurance cover underground
  • Access to the books and surveys in the voluminous club library
  • The right to wear club badges and insignia
  • The right to attend club trips abroad
  • Access to specialist training in such things a Single Rope Technique (SRT), Sump Diving, Underground Photography, Digging & exploration, plus many more
  • Free Club Newsletter
There is a club dinner held after the AGM, plus ceilidhs, barn dances and parties. There are also family outings and camping, all this organised by our Social Secretary. If your application is successful we will mail you a list of members so you can contact anyone in the club easily.

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Full Membership  (Full application form)


Full Membership with insurance through another club or direct membership of BCA (Proof required)


Joint Membership (Joint application form)


Probationary Membership (valid 6 months)  (Probationary application form) 


Social Membership          


Temporary Membership

  • Full Membership Joining Fee £2.50 (once only payment on upgrading from Probationary to Full Membership)
  • Social Member Join the club and attend social events, receive newsletters etc, but no caving!
  • Joint Membership = one Full Member and Social Membership for their partner/wife/husband - same benefits as above.
** Temporary Membership is valid for 17 consecutive days only. This membership category cannot be renewed within one calendar year. We would encourage anyone who enjoyed the Temporary Membership to upgrade to Full or Probationary Membership. 

We would be glad for you and your friends to come along straight away. We will provide all necessary tackle, and at least at first will loan you personal gear like lamps, sit-harnesses etc.

If you wish to join please fill out an application form (see above) and either email it to us, or email us for a postal address to send it to.

Email: WRPCSecretary@white-rose.org.uk

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 Members: Just In Time - by Denis Bushell

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Just In Time - by Denis Bushell

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Posted by Jarvis on Thursday, February 04 @ 10:31:13 CST (307 reads)
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 Trips: 'Thanks' from Oz - Ric Webber

Trips and Meets

Hi Ian, Faye, Leif and Dennis,

My apologies for the late letter of thanks for 'Hosting' me and for taking me through both Diccan and Alum Pot.

The caves were [for me] definitely challenging, as they say 'anything that doesn't kill you makes you stronger', Diccan has the longest series of pitches that i have ever had to pass, and dealing with the noise of the water, the cold and the physicality of the cave was at times almost overwhelming and made for some 'interesting moments', I apologise to you Dennis for re-rigging the 'Short redirect' on the second last pitch before the sump, I was buggered and just couldn't get it at the time, now i have had time to think about it I would have done it differently, but at the time i just couldn't put it together. 

The exit up Alum was spectacular! I took far more time than i should have taking photos of the bridge, the Long Churn window, and the view and was very upset when I found they were all out of focus except for a few 'not so bad ones', the climb out was exhausting but very rewarding, in all this trip is now my bench mark by which I will rate other caves. [time to visit 'Tassie' I think!] 

I would like to say 'thank you Ian' for rigging, It was impressive watching you lead the way, you made it 'look' extremely easy! and for making 'almost' every pitch easy for me to pass! also a big thank you to Dennis for your patience and words of advice along the way, Faye and Leif: thank you both for choosing and rigging such a beautifully challenging exit pitch, It will stick in my mind for ages.

I didn't get on any caving trips the next day so my wife and I did the touristy thing and visited Malham Cove, saw the nesting peregrines, then Gordale Scar where I chatted with a couple of Aussies from south of Sydney who were on a climbing holiday around Europe. 

On the Monday we did the Gaping Gill winch meet. My wife had never been in a wild cave anywhere, and had never been on a winch 300ft above a cavern before either, so i was surprised that she lapped it up and spent ages poking around the cave. We didn't get to leave the main cavern but it has whetted my appetite to return and have a proper look around!

So again my thanks for a great introduction to UK Caving, I hope that in the future I might be able to do the same for any of you here in Oz, although the caves here on the mainland might be very tame in comparison! what ever happens you can contact me by email or through the club: http://bmsc.caves.org.au/ I hope to make your acquaintance again in the future, Safe caving.

Kind regards Ric Webber

Posted by jarvis on Thursday, July 10 @ 12:02:03 CDT (1530 reads)
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 Meets: Leck Fell permits - Temporary change of contact

Trips and Meets


Council of Northern Caving Clubs

Dear CNCC full member club

From 21st July until approximately the end of October, Geoff Whittaker (current meets secretary for Aygill Caverns, Barbondale) will be temporarily handling permit requests for Leck Fell on behalf of Jim Sloane.

The details for Leck Fell caves on the CNCC website will be updated when these changes actually occur.

For all Leck Fell permit applications or enquiries about availability over the next four months, please double-check your intended cave on the CNCC website immediately before you apply to ensure the correct contact details are used.

Please circulate this as appropriate within your clubs.

Kind regards

Matt Ewles
Secretary, Council of Northern Caving Clubs

Posted by jarvis on Thursday, July 10 @ 11:47:21 CDT (1705 reads)
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 Events: First Aid for Cavers - CNCC/BCA

Other Events


British Caving Association

First Aid for Cavers

The CNCC has planned and funded two First Aid for Cavers courses. These courses are practical sessions covering the types of injuries cavers can sustain and how to deal with those injuries and situations. Also covered will be hypothermia and survival techniques.

The courses are being provided by nationally accredited first aid trainers and assessors who are also cavers.

The courses are FREE to all BCA members or club members of BCA member clubs (CIMS and DIMS).

The courses are being held on 18 October 2014 and 01 November 2014 at the Hellifield Village Hall, Hellifield, North Yorkshire. The courses start at 09:30 prompt, a packed lunch is required.

To book a place please send an email to: training@cncc.org.uk

Please state which day you wish to attend and your full name.

If demand for these courses is high then the CNCC will arrange more courses to meet the demand.

Les Sykes, CNCC Training Officer

Posted by jarvis on Thursday, July 10 @ 11:43:24 CDT (1581 reads)
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 Hazel Bush Hill Hole

Trips and Meets
Phil Ryder believes that one of the interesting things about our club is that we do caves that are off the beaten track.  So it is and I often follow in the footsteps of another connoisseur of the unusual, Peter Ryder of Moldywarps fame, in exploring the obscurities of the Northern Dales.  Think of such neglected gems as Elph Cleugh and Whirley Gill and you get the idea.  In fact there is a cave that I have searched for several times and failed to locate – Yad Moss Cave – that has driven me to such distraction that a 200-foot grovel has no right to!  Hence I record a few meanderings through the area to remind readers of these obscure gems.

Sometimes I am drawn to do visit a cave or climb a route by its name – Juniper Gulf for example conjures up images of natural grandeur, so Hazel Bush Hill Hole might similarly invoke thoughts of a grovel beneath a shrub, so maybe that wasn’t the case this time!

Lying in the bleak moorland between Bowes and Tan Hill, in a region normally only seen by gamekeepers, grouse shooters and Pennine Way tickers, is a rare Northern Dales sinkhole cave, Hazel Bush Hill Hole, which I visited several years ago whilst exploring this wild area.  Parking up south of Bowes, a short walk through peat bogs and heather finds a stream running along a limestone bed, with a small crevice in its north bank forming the entrance to HBHH.  In truth it’s a simple crawl through non-descript passage ending at a too-tight slot, but investigation lower down the valley finds the imposing resurgence of Eller Beck Head – not to be entered without a wetsuit, whilst further upstream on the opposite bank, some recent shoring by a crevice led me to investigate what I later found to be another MSG find of Lost Pool Sink – which can actually be found online featuring a stuck moldywarper!

An afternoon of solitude wandering around these largely forgotten areas is a welcome change from the honeypots of the dales – go on, have a look.

Posted by jarvis on Sunday, May 11 @ 20:34:37 CDT (1912 reads)
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