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Gaping Gill cave set to open to the public

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One of the longest and most complex cave systems in the UK opens just twice a year.

Adventurers will get the chance to explore one of Britain’s largest caves as it opens to the public once again.

Gaping Gill in Yorkshire opens just twice a year, giving a glimpse into one of the longest and most complex cave systems in the UK.

The first successful descent into the cave was made in 1895 by Frenchman Edouard Martel, who used a rope ladder and a candle.

The entrance to Gaping Gill
The entrance to Gaping Gill (Danny Lawson/PA)
A potholer is winched into Gaping Gill (Danny Lawson/PA)
A potholer is winched into Gaping Gill (Danny Lawson/PA)

Press Association photographer Danny Lawson, who got a sneak peek when he was lowered 110 metres down, described it as “massively impressive”.

A potholer abseils into Gaping Gill
A potholer abseils into the cavern (Danny Lawson/PA)

The cave is next open between May 25 and 31.

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