Gaping Gill

Gaping Gill is a famous pothole on the limestone moors flanking Ingleborough just above Clapdale and the village of Clapham in the "Three Peaks" area of  the Yorkshire Dales.

Situated at the bottom of a large crater, Gaping Gill is a yawning abyss which engulfs Fell Beck, the stream crashing down 365ft into a cathedral sized main chamber in what is probably Britain's highest unbroken waterfall.


Grid Reference: SD 751 727



Read Stephen Oldfield's blog for fantastic description, photos and video of Gaping Gill >>

To Alfred Wainwright, it was the 'daddy of them all.'  To romantics of earlier centuries it was a fearful place - bottomless - beyond thought of exploration.  To the realists, who were pretty accurate, it emerged down the valley at Clapham Beck Head, and was the entrance to an uncharted maze of passages under Ingleborough.  To modern explorers it is simply 'GG' - the greatest and best-loved pothole in Britain.....