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Gaping Gill

Address: Ingleborough Cave, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Clapham, England
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Clapham
Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Deep in the Yorkshire Dales lies an abyss called Gaping Gill. A waterfall drops 365 feet into a cave which you could fit an averaged size cathedral into. You get there by leaving your car in a little village called Clapham., then after walking along the pleasant dales for an hour you come across what looks like an Everest base... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Truly astonishing. Utterly mesmerising. Actually awesome. Simply stunning. There are not enough accolades to bestow on this true natural wonder. The fact that this is only open to novices a couple of times a year makes it even more special. Find out when it's open and go. Go go go! You just won't be disappointed. It's just not possible.

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50 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Three of us went to the winch meet on the Saturday prior to the bank holiday weekend. Not knowing what to expect in terms of queues, we set off early and arrived at 7.30. We were first there but by 8.00 there were already 4 others. Firstly the experience was awesome with some amazing photo opportunities. Beyond that the professionalism... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

What a way to spend a Monday morning. We had read many write ups about long queues for Gaping Gill so decided to get up an dbe up at the winch meet by 8am on the Monday (not a Bank Holiday though). We were the first ones there, before the campers even woke to open things up!! Hilarious but brilliant... More 

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53 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We arrived about 10.30 on the bank holiday Monday and there was already a four hour queue to descend the winch to the cave so spent the morning walking up Ingleborough Mountain. The cave is enormous and after the rapid trip down on the winch, you have plenty of time to explore before returning to the surface. This isn't a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We had been thinking about what we could do for the bank holiday weekend and this came up out of nowhere. Now I'm so glad we went to see this unique place. We did some research prior to the visit but despite the number of advices to get there as early as possible, we arrived the car park at 9.30... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Oh my god what a day. It was wet, it was cold, I walked up stoney steep hills, then I waited three hours to go into a deep wet dark cave. And guess what !!!!!!! I loved it ! Big thanks to the Bradford Pothole club who organised the winch down into the cave. It really is worth the wait,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful walk that started @ the village of Clapham, towards the Ingleborough caves and then the path turns into a more strenuous one, with some light climbing required until reaching the top of the hills and finding Gapin Gill with a fence around. Twice a year it is possible to abseil down to the bottom with organised winch from... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Like so many other children of the time, I first visited this area on a geography field trip in 1971. On the way back down from a snow covered Ingleborough, our geography teacher Dave ? showed us Gaping Gill, explained the geological aspects and urged us all to take a winch trip down it at some future date. Since then... More 

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Many years of walking around the Dales and we finally decided to "take the plunge" and go down the crevasse. Its an awesome spectacle, and one only 2000 or so people a year get to see (thats less per year than stand on the top of Everest). The whole event is run by volunteers, everyone around is really friendly and... More 

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