Previous Trips

Far Country/Far Waters via Bar Pot

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-09-12

Bernie’s had two teams of SOC cavers gracing their tills today, The 'A' team led by Bob off to visit Bruntscar, and the 'B' team led by Chris off to GG.

We had a smooth trip down Bar, and Chris kindly took the rope bag through Short Hensler's (much to my relief). Once down Echo Rift, I lost my sense of direction for the first (but by no means the last) time, and started off upstream. The mud soon put me off, and we headed down Southgate in the right direction.

County Pot

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-09-05

Considering that it was an official rest weekend for SOC cavers, there were two rival SOC parties in Bernie’s' - the Jessops intent on Calf Holes, and the Rabble who not quite so intent on Marble Steps Pot. The three days of unceasing rain was considered to be a good excuse for not going down.

Smeltgill Beck

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-06-28

I was looking forward to Surfer Bob’s trip to Smeltgill Beck, despite stories of rapidly rising water levels and near death experiences. But sadly due to Bob and Isobel not knowing what each other was planning Bob was unable to lead this trip.

I eventually volunteered, and on the day was joined by Chris. We met up in Brough only to find the café and the toilets closed for the summer.

We set of eastwards on the A66 hoping the truckstop would be open, it wouldn’t be caving without coffee before hand.

Bar Pot to Far Country

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-02-08

Bob E, Chris, John, Jude, Richard, & Bob R (guest).

Photos by Bob Evans at

We gathered in Bernie’s as usual, before making our way to Clapham for the walk up the hill, in cold conditions. Some changed in Clapham, some carried wetsuits up & changed at the cave.

An uneventful descent of the first pitch, the greasy slab, and the big pitch saw us all reunited for the crawl through Henslers to the Blowhole.

Sleets Gill

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2000-02-01

Two Raddled Old Ladies Trip

After many discussions at various social events Ursula and I finally set a date. In view of Ursula's claimed lack of fitness and my own real lack, something non too challenging was required!

Pippikin Pot

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 1999-11-27

It had been a while since our last visit to Pippikin Pot and with Ursula temporarily out of action, we knew it would still provide a challenge. A few thought provoking moments, but no real problems led us down the entrance pitch, along the crawl, over the top of Cellar Pot, through Mr Saxby’s favourite squeeze and the window beyond. At this point James decided to retreat after a concerted effort in the 2nd squeeze. This time it was his turn to ‘sit it out’ – allegedly munching most of my wine gums to calm his nerves!


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 1999-10-22

Our trip to Assynt was a fantastic experience. The ‘fab four’ of Sinclair, Kirsti, Alison & I made the journey north to reunite with Dave at the GSG’s hut at Elphin. A late start on Saturday didn’t prevent us from exploring virtually all of Uamh nam Claonite that is possible without diving gear. This consists of a marvellous streamway, with very different features from the usual Dales caves, and some impressive dry passages and chambers.

Cliff Force

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 1999-07-31

Heading out for a trip down the muddy hole this time was Jamie, Andrew, an Essex Girl Davina and myself. It was a bright sunny day as it seems to always be when I go underground.

Alum Pot

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 1999-07-27

On a Tuesday evening twelve of us met to visit Long Churn and Alum Pot. There were six novices, including four children, and so we split into two groups. One group came in through the usual Lower Long Churn entrance via the deep pools and climbs to try out the Cheese Press. The other group entered through Diccan entrance which bypasses the pools and we headed down the climbs to the top of the Dolly Tubs pitch. Paul had kindly dashed ahead and installed a ladder and lifeline and also an SRT rope out of the window pitch.

Notts Pot

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 1999-07-24

Saturday 24 July saw a group of eight cavers heading up Leck Fell to Notts Pot. I had heard epic tales of impossibly wet entrances, alternative entrances leading to very precarious positions and an entrance which Paul warned me I wouldn’t like! It was therefore with some trepidation that I looked down at the entrance pitch as we geared up.