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We have several open courses and events coming up over January, February and March for navigation skills and caving at all levels and ……….  

if you book one place at the full price you can have a second one for half price.  

Just because it is winter does not mean you have to hibernate as it is a great time to practice your navigation skills as the sometimes more challenging weather can help you develop and gain confidence in the skills you need to go “off road”.  If you have not done any navigation before you could try an On Track Day.  If you know the basics and would like to learn how to use a compass then a Developing Your Compass Skills day is for you.  If you would like to spend a weekend learning and developing your navigation skills you could join one of our NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) 2 day non-residential courses. These are accredited courses and you get a certificate and badge on completion.

If you felt you wanted to be a bit more adventurous then you could try caving on a Monday evening during the school holidays or an Intermediate Caving day if you wanted to try going down a small pitch on a ladder.  If you have been caving before then why not learn some vertical caving skills ready for the warmer weather on our Introduction to Vertical Caving (SRT) course which takes place in our barn so is not weather dependent.

Here are all the dates in one place. If you are interested in finding out any more information on any of our events just get in touch

Event Dates Price per person Usual minimum age
NNAS Navigation Course Sat 24th & Sun 25th January £115.00 14 years old
Introduction to Vertical Caving (SRT) Course Sat 14th February £75.00 16 years old
Developing your Compass Skills Day Sat 14th February £60.00 14 years old
On Track Day Sun 15th February £60.00 14 years old
Holiday Evening Caving Trip Mon 16th February £25.00 8 years old
NNAS Navigation Course Sat 21st  & Sun 22nd January £115.00 14 years old
Holiday Evening Caving Trip Mon 23rd  February £25.00 8 years old
On Track Day Sun 14th March £60.00 14 years old
Developing your Compass Skills Day Sun 15th March £60.00 14 years old
Introduction to Vertical Caving (SRT) Course Sat 21st March £75.00 16 years old
Intermediate Caving Trip Sun 22nd March £45.00 12 years old
NNAS Navigation Course Sat 28th   & Sun 29th March £115.00 14 years old
Holiday Evening Caving Trip Mon 30th March £25.00 8 years old

Christmas Competition – Win and get out there in the Dales

FCThis is a little free and easy competition to enter. I guess to be absolutely correct it is actually a draw as you do not even have to answer any questions. What more could you ask! Early in 2015 we will be relaunching our newsletter and to encourage you to sign up we are running a free competition. The newsletter will be not be coming out every week so we will not be bombarding you with emails. It will just be for telling you what we are up to and any other interesting events or news that you might be interested in. If you sign up to our mailing list before midnight on 31st December you could be the lucky winner of a guided walk in the Three Peaks area, a day of navigation skills training or an introductory or intermediate caving trip. The prize will be for you and up to 3 friends and you pick which prize you would like. 10 other people will be given a one off 10% discount voucher to use on any of our activities. For more details and to subscribe to our newsletter visit

Salmon at Stainfoth Foss

Salmon jumping at Stainforth on the River Ribble

Salmon jumping at Stainforth on the River Ribble
Salmon jumping at Stainforth on the River Ribble

Salmon jumping at Stainforth on the River Ribble

It is the time of the year for the Salmon to be heading up river to lay their eggs. The salmon is an anadromous fish. This means it is a fish that is born in fresh water, spends most of its life in the sea and returns to fresh water to spawn. I did know that but I must admit I had to look the word up. But did you know a catadromous fish does the opposite – lives in fresh water and enters salt water to spawn?

At each stage of the life cycle of the salmon distinct changes take place. Apparently it was not until the first part of the 19th century that it was proven that the adult Atlantic salmon was the same species as the striped parr found in the rivers. The Atlantic Salmon Trust have a great slide show that explains all the different stages

I went down to Stainforth Force with Smudge on Saturday morning to watch this incredible sight. The force of the river dropping down the falls that they have to leap into is amazing. If you get the chance to see this feat sometime it is well worth the visit usually during October each year.

Here is a short piece of film I put on our Facebook page.

Pam Hickin

Yorkshire Dales Guides

Hornby Laithe, Stainforth, Settle, N.Yorks, BD24 9PB

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Look out for the Underground Dales on TV this year

Yorkshire Dales Guides and Steve Finch (Photographer) have been working on a number of underground (cave) filming projects over the past few weeks.

Including documentaries and a TV advert for a well known UK Brand, when you see them on the screen you will remember you heard about it here first.

Yorkshire Dales Guides provide advice, safety and logistical support for people wanting to film in difficult locations.

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underground photography

Introductory Caving Trips – more information here>>

For several years now we have been running Introductory Caving Trips suitable for individuals, couples and small groups during the holiday periods from February until October half term. (Dates at the end of the blog)

The caves are not tight and you can walk in many sections. There are some stooping and crawling sections and even a few optional squeezes if you would like but they are not compulsory if you are worried about that. There are some deep pools to get around, waterfalls and small climbs but nothing that an averagely fit person with a sense of adventure will not be able to do. It’s a great chance to do something a bit different with some of your family or friends in an area famous for its caves.

These Caving Trips start at 5.00 pm and finish at approximately 8.00 pm so not too late for the younger ones and time to go for a bar snack locally afterwards if you want.

Happy Young Cavers
Happy Young Cavers

Your local, qualified and very experienced instructor will meet you at the parking place nearest the cave just above Horton-in-Ribblesdale and directions to the site will be given on booking.

Everyone will change into the caving kit at the road head and walk a short distance to the cave before going underground.

We supply – Caving oversuits, helmets, lights, belts, wellies, and all safety gear. We will supply you with a simple kit list on booking but it will not include the need for any specialist clothes. You will need a full change of clothes for afterwards though as you will be getting a bit wet.

The minimum age is 8 years old. As we are an AALA licensed provider we can take children under 18 without a parent or legal guardian being with us. We just need their written consent or verbal if you are bringing your own child to the caving venue. No company that charges you can take under 18s on their own without having this license as it is a legal requirement to ensure their safety.

The price is £25.00 per person. You can book and pay online or use our contact page to email or phone us.

2014 DATES Mon 14th April ~ Mon 21st April ~ Mon 5th May ~ Sun 25th May ~ Mon 26th May ~ Mon 21st July ~ Mon 28th July ~ Mon 4th Aug ~ Mon 11th Aug ~ Mon 18th Aug ~ Mon 25th Aug ~ Mon 1st Sept ~ Mon 8th Sept ~ Mon 20th Oct ~ Mon 27th Oct.  – more information here>>

Do you still need a campsite for LeTour ?

A new campsite is being provided at Cracoe, a few feet from the LeTour race route as it heads towards Grassington and Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales.

Le tour coming to the Yorkshire Dales

There is very little space left anywhere, so this site right on the route will sell-out very quickly.


For more information see their website at

If you fancy doing any other activities while you are in the Dales, or want to come back in the future, follow our links at the top of the page.

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