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300406-12. © NRT, 2006
Gaping Gill, Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK, 30 April, 2006

Fell Beck, entering from the left of the image, suddenly vanishes underground over Britain's highest unbroken waterfall (110 m, or 330' ) into Main Chamber, Britain's largest (known) cavern. One wouldn't guess from this fairly unassuming pothole, but the void below could hold a cathedral; various sources cite York Minster or St. Paul's Cathedral, London, depending on metrophobic or metrocentric preferences.
The first descent was made in 1895, and salt tracing in 1900 confirmed a link through to Ingleborough Cave, but the first full, human, transit wasn't until 1983, by cave divers.
For more than fifty years, non-cavers have been able to descend to the Main Chamber by winch over the Whit and August Bank holiday weekends, thanks to the Craven and Bradford Pothole Clubs.

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