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February 18, 2020

Wonders of the Dark: stargazing & caving at Ribblehead

Yorkshire Dales Guides, Hornby Laithe, Near Stainforth,
Settle, BD24 9PB United Kingdom

Join us for our family-friendly evening celebrating the wonders of the Yorkshire Dales by dark.

The evening will kick-off just before sunset at our activity barn near Settle, where you will be kitted out in your own, warm and cozy caving equipment before setting off for Ribblehead – home of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. The area is also nestled between the peaks of Ingleborough and Whernside, and with few dwellings, it is a great place to observe the night sky (clear skies permitting, of course) – stars, constellations, planets – on our walk over to the caves. Even the aurora has been spotted here!

Disappearing underground, a new, darker and more mysterious world awaits with stunning clean-washed streamways, glistening crystalline formations, ancient fossilized shells and coral and quiet underground chambers, with some ‘optional’ but fun crawls and squeezes for those fancying a bit more of a challenge. The caves have multiple entrances and every now and again we will emerge to the night sky to gaze at the stars before disappearing underground again.

Since the temperature underground remains a constant 8 or 9 degrees Celsius throughout the year, caving is a fabulous ‘year-round’ activity and will provide a welcome reprieve from the cooler February surface temperatures.

Afterwards, we can head to the nearby Station Inn Pub for a pint, or mug of hot chocolate to round off a magical evening of exploration and fun!

There are limited places on each trip, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Please email us at info@yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk, or call 01729 824455 for more info!

Please note we have an AALA license, and so children (ages 8+) can come along unaccompanied as long as we have a consent form signed by the parent/legal guardian.