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Northern Cave Photos


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The CNCC is pleased to present a collection of mounted and framed A3 photos.

These photos, taken by Mark Burkey, Gary Douthwaite and Clive Westlake, depict some inspiring scenes in northern caving, including:

> Alum Pot (from Dollytubs)
> Alum Pot (from above)
> Duke Street, Ireby Fell
> Straws in Mistral Hole
> Lancaster Hole Main Drain
> Christmas Pot formations
> Rowten Pot upper pitches
> Stream Passage in Gaping Gill
> Calf Holes entrance
> Notts II formations

We have two framed photos of each of these locations.

These photos have been chosen for their eye-catching scenes that draw the viewer in for a closer look. They depict a variety of caving scenarios, from the verticality of our potholes, large passages, excellent formations, and of course the people exploring these places.

These are intended for distribution, free of charge, to venues across our caving region, including visitor centres, hospitality, and other attractions; anywhere where they will be given a prominent location that many passing people will be able to see them. The aim is to promote caving as one of the excellent activities available in our region, and to inspire interest in some of our most misunderstood natural environments.

Each photo has a small caption to identify the location, the photographer, the CNCC web address and of course www.newtocaving.com for anyone looking to get involved.

We are looking for volunteers to help identify suitable locations, obtain agreement from venue proprietors and, if possible, deliver a photo. Naturally, these need to be locations where you feel they will have a strong impact with as many people as possible. If you can assist, please contact our PR/Communications Officer (pr@cncc.org.uk).

These photos are focussed on the Three Peaks/Three Counties area, although they could have relevance across the Dales. However, if you have a venue in mind outside of this area and you feel a more local photo (e.g., of a nearby cave) might better fit the bill, please get in touch.

Thank you to our three photographers, and additionally to Mark Burkey for printing and mounting these to such high quality at his own expense.


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Hey Badlad, I'll bring them up next time I'm in the Dales (probably mid October but will drop you an email) and you can pick which ones you feel most appropriate for the venues you have in mind. Cheers, Matt (CNCC PR/Communications)


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You're pretty much talking any of the pubs / cafes in the local area that will take them & any outdoor shops in the surrounding cities


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Correct, with some common sense used to ensure the photo will receive an appropriately prominent placement (i.e. not stuck in some remote alcove, non-public area, or so far behind a counter that the passing public cannot see it properly) and at a venue where it is likely to get noticed and generate the kind of interest in caving we are aiming to generate.


I am more than happy to help with the distribution of some of these. Quite a few venues spring to mind.

Ian P

I  always thought it a clever marketing strategy when adverts started appearing at eye level above urinals and on the back of toilet cubicle doors.

Another suggestion: the waiting rooms of the rural train stations (Horton, Ribblehead, Dent etc) if anyone has contacts ?



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Great ideas IanP, although having our lovely photos hanging above a urinal or on the back of a toilet door isn't quite what we envisioned... but they would certainly get seen! The railway station idea is a really nice one if anyone has any connections with the people who manage these stations.

Indeed, it is an excellent photo of Chunky's taken in the Lancaster Hole streamway. We love this photo, really expressive and dramatic!


Friends of the Settle Carlisle railway(FoSCL) are the folk to contact re stations.

I can get a contact number and PM you directly..it will be later today.