Starting your adventures underground

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Instructor Groups

You can engage the services of a professional instructor who will guide you on your first trip. This is a great way of testing whether you’d like to see more of the underworld. Contact some of the instructors below and see what they have to offer.

Dolomite Training

Steve holds the Cave Instructor Certificate (CIC) which is the UK’s highest caving qualification and is a member of the association of caving instructors (ACI). We have worked in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales for the last 20 years. This allows us to offer the best caving experiences. Caving in the Peak District and Yorkshire offers an exciting opportunity to explore what lies beneath your feet.

  • We have developed an excellent reputation for all of our caving courses.
  • We use the best instructors who know all of the cave systems inside out so that we can offer you the best day possible regardless of what the weather throws at us.
  • We offer caving courses for all abilities including SRT and rigging options for those that want go further and deeper.

To find out more please get in touch for an informal chat or fill in an enquiry form on our website. Our trip advisor reviews will give you an insight into the quality of our delivery.

Location: Bakewell Peak District

Telephone: 01629 814557


Gary Evans Outdoor Activity Instructor & Technical Advisor

CIC holder and LCMLA Trainer Assessor for Level 1 and 2 with extensive experience caving throughout the UK and abroad, Gary is passionate about giving people the opportunity to experience caving for the first time, as well as building skills for those wanting to progress. Working in partnership with Hawk Adventures, larger groups can also be accommodated to visit the caves of South Wales.

  • A relaxed and friendly approach combined with extensive experience make Gary a great choice for:
  • Introductory caving trips for those wanting to try caving
  • Guided small group or individual caving in a range of caves and cave systems in South Wales, where access arrangements allow
  • Skills builder sessions for cavers and cave leaders
  • SRT Training at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
  • BCA LCMLA Training and Assessment

Location: South Wales

Telephone: 07836 748752


How Stean Gorge

How Stean Gorge provide high quality Outdoor Adventures & Experience Days, available to book as individuals, families, corporate teams etc.

Prepare to be amazed! Hidden beneath your feet there are miles of rifts, tunnels and chambers waiting to be discovered, amazing sights to be encountered as you climb, scramble and slide around caves throughout Nidderdale AONB and the Yorkshire Dales.

Walk, Crawl, Abseil or Climb – it’s your choice but don’t expect to keep clean! You could find yourself wading through water, climbing underground waterfalls and sliding through mud. If you are looking for something a bit different and don’t mind getting dirty then this is for you. We have numerous options and routes with a varied difficulty, so if small spaces aren’t your thing no need to worry. All our caving instructors either hold a LCML Award or the Cave Instructor Certificate CIC. We also provide other activities such as Gorge Walking, Ghyll Scrambling, Canyoning, Canoeing, Climbing and host Yorkshires only Via Ferrata Course which is 1 of 3 in the UK.

Location: Nidderdale AONB & Yorkshire Dales

Telephone: 01423 755666


Juliet Parker-Smith

With 30 years experience working in the outdoors, Juliet is passionate about sharing her love of caves and caving and her technical knowledge with others. She has caved extensively in the UK and abroad, is a CIC holder and a BCA assessor for both CIC and LCMLA schemes. Contact Juliet for:

  • Bespoke caving days at all levels
  • SRT training
  • BCA CIC/LCMLA Training and Assessment

Location: South Wales

Telephone: 07387 080380


Lost Earth Adventures

Whether you’re a caving rookie looking to put your first foot underground or an adrenaline junkie seeking some thrills, Lost Earth Adventures can provide whatever sort of caving adventure you’re after.

Based within two of the premier locations for caving within the whole of UK, The Peak District and The Yorkshire Dales, Lost Earth Adventures provides bespoke caving experiences and tuition for individuals and groups of all sizes and abilities. If you’re looking for a fun activity for you and your friends or even for your school or company, let us know and we’ll have you caving in no time at all.

Looking for something above ground? We also run a wide variety of adventures throughout all mountainous regions of the UK and Nepal.

Location: Yorkshire Dales & The Peak District

Telephone: 01904-500-094


Low Mill Outdoor Centre

Low Mill Outdoor Centre is based in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We have been delivering exciting and educational caving experiences for over 40 years. We provide caving at all levels from introduction trips to SRT coaching. In addition, for those looking to undertake either training or assessments in the Local Cave Leader scheme, we have a BCA trainer/assessor in-house. All of our instructors hold either the Local Cave Leader Awards or the Cave Instructor Certificate. They also have a vast amount of experience in both personal caving and delivering caving sessions or workshops.

If you need more information or you want to join us underground then get in touch.

Location: Yorkshire Dales

Telephone: 01969 650432


Peak Instruction – Pete Knight & Associates

Holder of the Cave Instructor Certificate, the UK’s highest caving/mine exploration qualification. Provider of underground leadership, guiding and training for caves and abandoned mines at all technical levels. Able to deliver group or individual introductory trips, bespoke skills training or LCMLA instructor qualifications. UK wide experience, based in the Peak District but regularly in Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales. Friendly and personal service from a dedicated full time caver.

Location: Peak District based but operating in all cave/mine regions regularly

Telephone: 07812 038 233



WetWellies Caving are based in the Mendip Hills (near Bristol) and South Wales, with a qualified BCA LCML Award Level 2 leader.

Half or Full day and evening caving trips for all ages and abilities.

Complete beginners, nervous novices or courses for improvers wanting to move forward with more technical skills – all catered for.

Trips and courses are bespoke to your requirements. You will never be asked to cave with strangers.

WetWellies Caving are unique, in that the owner Christine is an accomplished photographer and high quality images of your adventure are available to download, free of charge. Photography specific trips are also available.

She is a record breaking cave diver and runs specialist courses in techniques to move diving equipment through caves including vertical pitches.

Location: Mendip Hills

Telephone: 07815 316681


Yorkshire Dales Guides

Come caving with exploration cavers Steph, Mike and Paul of the Ario Caves Project. Our spirit for adventure is contagious and our obvious passion for caving will both inspire & put you at ease.

At Yorkshire Dales Guides we cater for everyone, across all levels of caving, from ones first steps in a big open wonderland to more challenging vertical trips and we can provide all the kit needed for large groups, families and individuals.

We are passionate cavers, so don’t just give you an experience. It is important to us to share our knowledge, experience and skills so eventually you too can lead your own adventures underground, but in a safe and more informed way.

We are members of the local cave rescue team and we teach vertical rope work (SRT), rigging for rescue, self-rescue & caving first aid. We have a specially designed training barn where all vertical caving techniques can be taught expertly & safely indoors.

We’ve laid our footprints in some incredible places and we’re all about getting you there too!

For further inspiration watch us at the cutting edge of exploration in the multi-award-winning film the Ario Dream, now on amazon Prime.

Location: Yorkshire Dales

Telephone: 01729 824455


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