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Selected Caving Routes in the Yorkshire Dales

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"what I hear is the murmur / Of underground streams, what I see is a limestone landscape" - W.H Auden

This series of articles is intended for the guidance of experienced cavers who may not be familiar with the better routes through the more complex systems in the Yorkshire Dales. Guide books are necessarily limited in the fullness of their descriptions, and their task is not to detail "recommended routes". It is hoped that these articles will help fill that gap.

Note that this web site, to echo the words of "Northern Caves",
"is intended as guidance for the wise, not the obedience of fools".

Each article is checked before publication, but the author is pleased to receive any comments, corrections, and suggestions. New articles will be written as time permits, and any contributions or ideas are gratefully received.

There are also two additional sets of articles. The Miscellaneous section includes re-prints of a selection of caving articles and notes that have been written over the last few years, and should not be considered as "guides". The Classic Caves section includes three chapters written for a book by different authors that was never published.

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