Gaping Gill cave set to open to the public

Adventurers will get the chance to explore one of Britain’s largest caves as it opens to the public once again.

Gaping Gill in Yorkshire opens just twice a year, giving a glimpse into one of the longest and most complex cave systems in the UK.

Visiting cavers can travel to the site near Ingleborough Cave in the Yorkshire Dales and be winched down from a hole in the roof into the 129-metre long main chamber.

A potholer is winched into Gaping Gill (Danny Lawson/PA)
A potholer is winched into Gaping Gill (Danny Lawson/PA)

The first successful descent into the cave was made in 1895 by Frenchman Edouard Martel, who used a rope ladder and a candle.

Nowadays the main chamber is floodlit but visitors can use a torch to explore the nooks and crannies of the cave.

The cave is next open between May 25-31.

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