of access makes Valley Entrance one of the most visited caves in the
Yorkshire Dales. Entrance is via an oil drum by the side of the
Kingsdale road, negating the need for a long walk to the cave, common
in the Dales. Secondly Valley Entrance is also the end of several
through-trips that can be undertaken in this system.
The Roof Tunnel
is an easy walk with stooping for over 330 yards (300m) from the oil
drum entrance to the 20 foot (6m) pitch into the Kingsdale Master Cave.
Downstream from the pitch the Master Cave ends in a sump with the water
re-emerging at Keld Head. The sump also connects with King Pot in east
Kingsdale, making it the longest underground dive in the U.K.
from the pitch the Master Cave is a spectacular underground canyon
which lowers towards the top end where water enters from Swinsto Hole
and Rowten, Simpson's and Jingling Pots.
Through trips from Swinsto
Hole and Simpson's Pot are popular with the abseil rope being rigged
for pull-through. To enable a safe exit from Valley Entrance is
is necessary to rig the pitch from the Master Cave into the Roof Tunnel
beforehand although the pitch can be free climbed, this is not
Through trips from Rowten Pot via the sumps are also possible. Although the sumps are not long free diving is not advisable.
Map of the West Kingsdale System