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YSS 50th Anniversary

The Yorkshire Suberranean Society will acheive it's 50th Birthday this year and to celebrate this occassion we are organising a get together for all our friends and members past, present  and future.

The event will take place on the 18th October 2014 at the Victoria Hall, Settle. Start time is 6pm for arrival and the evening closing at 10pm.

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Meets List

Notts & Notts2
French caving
Lancaster hole ,Cowpot exchange
Cherry tree
Birks fell Cave, permit pending
Committee Meeting
Dale Head Pot (permit obtained)
Social - Tex Mex
Alum Pot Invasion
shuttleworth pot

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sample iconThe YSS 50 years old 18th October 2014

The YSS is half a century old this year and is making plans for celebrations on the 18th October at the Settle Victoria Hall accordingly. for more information click here

sample iconNext social event 6th September - Tex Mex Night

The next social is Tex Mex evening at the school on 6th September. If you would like to attend the next meeting please contact Chantelle.


the schoolThe Yorkshire Subterranean Society (YSS) enjoy an active core of members and it isn't all about caving, we have climbers, walkers, cyclists and diggers amongst the group and a good social aspect too!

There have been plenty of YSS led caving expeditions around the world.   In 2009 the YSS ran an expedition to the Vercor to undertake various caves, and canyons, we even managed a bottle or two to unwind!!!  The clubs previous expedition in September 2008 was to Illumina (BU56). It was organised by our expedition-organising guru Colin Gray along with Jason Mallinson. The expedition was a success with Jason diving into new territory and other members of the team improving the rigging in the caves and removing old rubbish.

We have many caving weekends which are generally (but not exclusively) held in the Dales and include a mixture of easy and difficult caving and over the past few years we have given lots of people the opportunity to experience caving with our Try Caving weekends.  These are popular and quite a few people have subsequently joined the club.  We have YSS members caving most weekends so it is easy for new cavers to tag onto the easier caving trips and find people to help with more training.

The YSS tend to be a club of stealth, we don't stand and shout about it, but just ask around - we are out there in various small groups and in larger groups at organised meets.  As mentioned earlier we don't just cave and many of our member are also into Climbing, Walking, Cave Diving, Cycling, Digging and Socialising you name it - it's all going on within our club.

Many of the Newsletters from the last few years are available on the site. We are hoping to expand this section further. Main articles from the Newsletters are also available in the "Articles from" section of the site, which allows you to find interesting articles more easily and is also available to the general public. Have a look at this section to see what members have been up to both recently and in the past.

In the YSS we are very proud of our Hostel (the School) as it offers some of the best bunkhouse accommodation in the Dales at a reasonable price in a good location....

Berger BU56

Recently I was very lucky to join a YSS expedition to the Sima de las Puertas de Illamina (BU56) in the Spanish Pyrenees close to Pierre Saint Martin.

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The Yorkshire Subterranean Society caving club in North Yorkshire has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund

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link go Berger 2006...

Thanks to a massive and well co-ordinated effort by various members of the YSS the cave had been rigged down to the bottom in a couple of days.

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Yorkshire Subterranean Society

Old School House

Austwick Road

Helwith Bridge

North Yorkshire

BD24 0EH

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