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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.

Juliet Parker-Smith

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

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

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.

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

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

Yorkshire Dales Guides

We have been operating in the Three Peaks and Malham area of the Yorkshire Dales for 26 years. Our instructors are local, qualified and experienced cavers and all members of the local cave rescue team. YDG is led by Dave Gallivan who holds the Cave Instructors Certificate and has lived and worked in the area most of his life. He has been caving since he was 14 and has an extensive of all the local systems as well as many abroad.

We run caving trips for people on their first adventure underground right through to advanced SRT trips. We can offer self rescue and expedition sessions too. All kit supplied.

YDG has the only full SRT barn in the area at our base near Stainforth where vertical caving techniques can be taught safely indoors. The barn has 3 platforms, traverse and rigging bars as well as changing rooms, toilets and brewing up facilities.


WetWellies offer adventure caving trips in the Mendip Hills (near Bristol) and South Wales, with fully qualified leaders.

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.

Team building, Hen parties, Birthdays and Families especially welcome and trips are bespoke to your requirements. You will never be asked to cave with strangers.

WetWellies 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.

Location: Mendip Hills
Email: 07815 316681

Low Mill Outdoor Centre

Low Mill Outdoor Centre, a converted water mill, is beautifully situated on the edge of the village of Askrigg, Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It was opened in 1976 to run activity courses for groups of young people of all ages. Low Mill is a non-profit making Charitable Trust run by a Management Committee elected from the local people. Caving is often the most enjoyed activity at Low Mill, especially favoured by school groups for its educational benefits.

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