Caving/ Cayoning/ Gorge Scrambling

Caving

There are more places to enjoy caving in the UK and Ireland than you would expect with the most popular and well known area being the Yorkshire Dales around Ingleton, Clapham, and Settle. South Wales is also a main area of the UK where you can expect some fantastic caving routes and also The Mendip Hills in Somerset and some of the Derbyshire Peak District. The main counties within Ireland where you can expect to find good caving are Fermanagh, Clare, Cavan and Sligo.

Home to some of England's finest limestone scenery, the Yorkshire Dales is a very popular destination for cavers that want to explore the extensive geology, caves and potholes of this beautiful area. The stunning surrounding scenery and National Park status also draws people into the area to enjoy self-catering country cottage holidays and with the added benefit of being the best place to cave in England this is the perfect location for the holidaying caver. For experienced and advanced cavers there is a few fantastic attractions for you to discover including the Gaping Gill cave system to the west of Ingleborough, Alum Pot in Ribblesdale and Mossdale Caverns in Upper Wharfedale, just to name a few. The Leck fell area also includes a system of passages over 70km long, believed to be one of the longest and most complex passage systems in Britain. You can also find a good variation in ability with good novice routes as well as more complex passages for the experienced caver. There are also many show caves open to the public.

South Wales boasts some fantastic caving experiences for various abilities right down to the complete beginner. Visit the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park in mid south wales and enjoy an unforgettable experience whilst on your country cottage holiday. Caves such as Bridge Cave, White Ladies and Little Neath river are stunning cave systems which you are bound to enjoy. Another great cave system for you to get stuck into (pun intended!) in the Brecon Beacons is Porth Yr Ogof which is accessed via a limestone walkway on the east side of the river that enters the cave from a gorge. It is also the most popular cave as it boasts 15 entrances and exits including the biggest in South Wales.

Moving further south we find the Mendips hills in Somerset, home to the largest underground river system in Britain, so expect to get wet! Formed when large areas of limestone were worn away by water running down trhough the impermeable sandstone peaks, sinking below ground through a swallet and continuing down to sea level, enlarging cracks in the rock to form caves. As the water changes route to find a more direct path within the hill, some caves are left dry or part dry creating stunning areas underground that just cant help but be explored. Whether your a beginner or more advanced, the Mendips hills can accommodate any type of caver. So get down to somerset and explore this unique subterranean world of caverns safe in the knowledge that you will have a comfortable, warm and beautiful country cottage to return to at the end of the day!

If you're looking to find some great caving locations within Ireland then you will need to head to the counties of Clare, Fermangh, Cavan and Sligo. If you decide to visit the beautiful county Clare then you will need to find your country cottage accommodation close by to Doolin as this is where you can discover some of the best caving that has been visited for many years by potholers and cavers. There is a fantastic network of caves which runs from the centre of the village for a couple of miles to the north. Experienced and advanced cavers will be attracted to this area because of the Pol an Ionian or Pol an Eidhneain cave now named Doolin cave that has been transformed into a show cave, however there are many passages that experienced cavers can enjoy. You can also find Pollnagollen in county Clare which is over 14 km long.

Rayfad Pot is found in county Fermanagh and is the deepest cave in Ireland at 193m deep, county Fermanagh is also home to the deepest entrance shaft in Ireland of 80 metres which can be found at Noon's Hole. In general you can expect to find caving experiences in county Clare that follow the path of an active stream so expect to get wet, in Fermanagh it is common to find caving passages with vertical sections that require ropes and ladders and in counties cork and Tipperary do not be surprised by dry but muddy caves which follow the path of inactive streams. However these are just generalisations and in most counties you can expect to find a good variation in caving experiences.

Canyoning / Gorge Scrambling

One of the most popular and well known places to enjoy Canyoning or Gorge Scrambling in Britain is in Wales, both in the North and the south, Wales is home to some truly memorable canyoning experiences. There are also some enjoyable routes in Scotland and north west England in counties such as Cumbria and Cheshire.

If you're a budding canyoning enthusiast then the best location to book a self-catering country cottage holiday is in Wales, within the Brecon Beacons National Park or in North Wales around Snowdonia and Bangor or the Isle of Anglesey. If you are new to the sport these are also great places to get stuck in and enjoy something different and unique, enjoy an adrenalin fuelled day filled with thrills and spills as you make your way along the course of river through gorges and waterfalls leaping in and out of the water and down chutes. Enjoy breathtaking countryside, take in the wonders of our beautiful natural world and get a huge adrenalin boost as you go.

The Brecon Beacons is considered one of the best locations to enjoy canyoning or gorge scrambling in the UK and it is definately an experience you will never forget. Follow the magnificent gorges and stunning rivers in this famous waterfall filled countryside of Wales accompanied by qualified instructors and experienced people. You can be sure to experience some fitness testing activities such as boulder jumping, traversing rock walls, scrambling up rocky surfaces, jumping off waterfalls and exploring hidden caves and balancing on narrow ledges. There may even be a testing plunge at the end of your trip just to complete your exhilarating experience. If you would rather explore the north of Wales your experience will be very similar. The Trawsfynydd Gorge is an exciting route to take with a 60 metre slide and a 10m abseil included in your trip, plus various slides and jumps of 7m or more. Gwynedd county is home to various centres with qualified experienced instructors ready to take you out on an unforgettable experience in Snowdonia National Park.

Holiday cottages in the Brecon Beacons

 

Fabulous outdoor holidays in Scotland with self-catering accommodation

Scotland has always been an exciting place to visit to appreciate the wonderful natural world in the UK. Boasting some of the most magnificent landscapes and scenery in the UK as well as wildlife and also providing stunning settings for excellent adventure activities such as canyoning. Some of the fantastic canyons available for you to enjoy include Inchree Falls, Allt Nathrach, Ben Nevis and Dundonnel, just to name a few.

Holiday cottages in Scotland for outdoor breaks

 

Across the Irish sea you can explore some great sites to enjoy canyoning in Northern Ireland however as a sport it is not a popular activity due to Ireland's lack of gorges and canyons however if you decide to stay within County Omagh you can expect to find some opportunities to take part in the sport. Also in Castlewellen in county Down and Rostrevor in Newry and Mourne. Enjoy the natural rock slides, swim in the fresh water and abseil down sheer gorge walls for a memorable and exhilarating day out in Northern Ireland.

 

 

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