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Sunshine for days: summer 2018

The blog has been quiet this summer since the family meet of May and the trip to the Grands Causses in France, but only because we were still out and about taking advantage of the excellent weather instead of writing it all down! The facebook group and website galley are full of great photographs of caves and social events, and there are definitely more out there. Trip reports of some of our shenanigans will undoubtedly follow in the next newsletter which is due... read more

Les Grands Causses

In May 2017 the NPC visited the Grands Causses region of France for two weeks, staying in Meyrueis and venturing out in all directions to sample a number of the many caves in the area. Armed with both the knowledge gained from 2017 and with an updated set of more objectives, we returned to the region in May 2018 for another two weeks of caving, cycling, walking, and talking about the weather.

The Grands Causses are a group of limestone plateaus... read more

Caving aplenty at Easter 2018

The new ‘Premier Inn’, constructed single-handedly by President Tiger, had opened for business (Trip Advisor reviews to follow). The forecast was decent. Even better, the previous days had been quite dry. All things considered it was definitely time to go caving. Those who descended on Greenclose over Easter (29th March – 2nd April) all thought so, even the ones who weren’t actually there to go caving (it's been whispered that the Pennine enjoys tolerates other outdoor pursuits... don't tell anyone).

But the main event was... read more

New Website for the Pennine

An update to the club website has been long over-due but finally, here it is. It's quite a change from the previous one and will hopfully show off the club in a much better light. No doubt it will evolve over time and some bugs will be ironed out but it's going to be a work in progress.

Public features inlcude a blog which will hopfully fill up with interesting articles on trips, digging and other club (mis)adventures. A new gallery... read more

Dowlass Moss; So near and maybe not so far?

The NPC has an impressive record of cave discoveries and exploration. Before I joined in 2015, I remember perusing Northern Caves on many a winter evening; and a handful of clubs seemed to account for a disproportionate number of discoveries. Of course, the Gritstone Club and Yorkshire Ramblers, each formed around 200 BC (or something like that), were prolific; they were having their heyday in cave exploration before the NPC was even a twinkle in the eyes of our founding members. The... read more

Cottage Maintenance Weekend 2017 - the sequelThe next maintenance weekend will be held 7th/8th October and is the last opportunity this year for you to demonstrate your advanced DIY skills to fellow Pennine members. As ever there will be jobs for all abilities including concrete mixing, carpentry, plastering, painting (of course) and tea making. The idea is to get the cottage ready for the winter ahead and spruce it up a bit before we are inundated with guests. If anyone has any thoughts on something they... read more
The President’s BitI had a very enjoyable weekend at this year’s Summer Dinner in Kettlewell. The weather was brilliant and the company excellent. This was, of course the weekend of my caving comeback trip. A total of 17 other members turned up to escort me into Dow Cave, none of whom I’d caved with before. Everything went well, Dewi lent me a light and helmet and after a kit examination Graham, with certain reservations, pronounced my boiler suit and woollies adequate for... read more
Lakes Meet 2017The Lakes meet this year was at Glenridding again. I missed last year’s event because I had to go into hospital. However I’ve made a full recovery and was raring to go. Kath and I arrived on Wednesday this time so we had 4 good days of walking, Thursday we went up Sheffield Pike. On Friday we walked back from Howtown along the lakeside path. Kat, Carly, Dave and Fiona with Rocky, Jean and Mark had arrived by then and... read more
The President’s Bit

A Happy New Year to everyone. Kath and I were at Greenclose for New Year and we had an excellent evening meal cooked by Rachael. We were joined by members of the York Caving Club. They had originally booked a meal at the Indian restaurant in Bentham, but due to last minute cancellations, Rachael invited them to join us. Our thanks to her for all the hard work she put into preparing it during the day.

The Winter Dinner

The Winter Dinner was at the Whoop Hall near... read more

The Chairman’s bit

It was great to see 50 people attend the Winter Dinner at the Whoop Hall including some new (at least to me) faces. The Whoop Hall turned out to be a great venue and I would like to thank Fiona once again for finding it and for her faultless organisation of the evening. The activities during the day saw 17 people descend either Lost Johns’ cavern or Committee Pot on Leck Fell and a further 10 descend Link Pot on Casterton Fell. The evening meal was rounded off... read more

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