If you haven’t tried any caving then the Peak District is a great starting point. However if you have and you fancy something different then why not explore beneath the rolling hills and Dales that define Yorkshire countryside? Yorkshire has an abundance of great caves for all levels of ability. Some are more weather dependent than others but still so many to choose from.
Admire the limestone pavements with their clints and grikes proudly on display alongside the 3 Peaks that the Dales are renowned for. Beneath all of this lay hundreds of cave systems and potholes, many well known such as Gaping Ghyll and Alum Pot. You also have show caves such as White scar and Ingleborough to visit without having to don all the usual caving kit.
For the more adventurous you can ask for a private course with Dolomite Trainings own Caving Instructors who frequent the Dales at every opportunity. You may start with a journey through the Long Churns system and progress from there. If you have been on an SRT course then you have more options to go deeper underground. If you wanted to learn SRT then you can book an SRT Course Alternatively you may have some of these skills but want to be guided through a system with us rigging all the sections or learn to rig for yourself? all of these options are available with a reputable company like Dolomite Training
Other gentler options include horizontal trips to explore beneath the Layers of the Limestone landscape and admire how nature has created many fascinating wonders below your feet. Your guides can talk about how the caves have been formed from their early beginnings over 320 Million years ago to what they are now as well as the fossils contained within. You may see many speleothems such as Stalagmites and Stalactites and lesser known features such as cave popcorn or flowstone. If you are in an active streamway then you watch the water and how it has formed scallops in the rock.
Sometimes a day underground is far more rewarding in many different ways to the world above. Everyone surfaces with a new sense of adventure and wonder at what they have seen and done. Caving is a great activity no matter where you are but caving in Yorkshire is champion.
As everyone knows, Mountain Biking has really taken off over the last decade with huge investment in R & D in bike technology. This means choices for people wanting a new bike are limitless especially with the advent of good quality E-Bikes thrown into the mix. “I cant wait until I can justify getting one of these …pedal assist, Turbo settings!!” However you still cant beat nailing that technical climb under your own steam and feeling your legs and lungs screaming for more oxygen before hitting the next descent, after all this is what Mountain biking is all about isn’t it?
Choices for new bikes include 26, 27.5 and 29 inch wheels in hardtail or full suspension. The other consideration is what type of mountain biking you mainly do? Is it Downhill, Cross country, Enduro or Trail riding as this will start to limit your choice of bikes. What is your budget? What are your suspension preferences? If you are not sure which to go for it is best to get out there and try them all. You have options including manufacturers bike demo days, which are generally free. Just visit their websites as they travel up and down the country Alternatively you can try good local bike shops such as Peak District based Bike Garage in Bamford or 18 Bikes in Hope were in theory you can pay for a days hire but try multiple bikes. This is limited by how much fun you have on each one! If you are riding trail centers then they tend to have offers on bike demos where if you end up buying a bike you can get the cost of the hire fees refunded.
The important thing is to be honest with yourself. If you ride twice a month at a trail centre can you justify spending £6K on a carbon framed full suss bike? or would you be better upgrading components on your current bike and upgrading your skills and knowledge of how to ride better? Mountain Bike Skills courses are popping up all over the country and can be a really good way of getting more from your riding. We all develop bad habits and sometimes it is worth getting that feedback and making corrections at a much smaller cost from qualified instructors. Internet retailers all compete on component costs so upgrading your current bike can be very cost effective.
We all want the best but what do we really need to make our experience better?
Caving in the Peak District. Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the ground you are walking on? Well if you happen to visit the Castleton area of the Peak District then you should. Beneath you are a series of Caves and Caverns climbing down into the deep darkness below. They offer fresh exciting opportunities for fun, adventure and new experiences.