World Reviewer rating

Not yet rated

Exploring Sell Gill Holes

Listed under Caves & Caving in North West England, United Kingdom.

Pin It

This really is one of my favourites, it only takes a couple of hours and is accessible in (almost) any weather. There are two entrances, we want the “normal” route which is on the left of the track when walking from Horton in Ribblesdale, a distance of about 2 kilometres. The “wet” route on the right of the track is only advisable in DRY weather!

The entrance (daylight) pitch is 6 m deep and requires a rope of 15 metres minimum, 20 metres if the rock is wet and slippery. The rigging will present no problem to those with only the basic skills, if you are uncertain and not accompanied by experienced cavers you can always hire a caving instructor.

A few metres down the slope is the second pitch- take great care not to dislodge any of the loose rock down the pitch. Both walls are equipped with eco- hangers so you will have a choice of routes, the left hand one is easier and drier. (Depth 12m, 30 m rope)

The third and final pitch follows almost immediately and consists of two distinct steps requiring 25 metres of rope (a few metres more if wet). At the foot of the pitch one can hear the roar of the water tumbling down the wet pitch, a spectacular sight in all but drought conditions.

The final chamber is large and impressive but sadly soon leads to a low aquatic section where repeated attempts to pass the sump have failed.

Written by  Ralph Johnson.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

just been to selgill for the 1st time. and it was alot of fun!

1 Reply

Which route did you take?

It was fairly wet and it was still just about do-able without having to hold your breath. it looked like its been cleared quite recently. going again on sunday with some freshers so I'll report back on its current state :-)

Have done both routes routes, and the sump is now just a duck

1 Reply

Thanks for letting us know, Tom.

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

Similar Experiences

  • Cave Diving under the Nullarbor Plain

    Lying 90m under the sun scorched red dust of the Nullarbor lie some of the worlds largest underground cave systems, spreading f…

  • Plura River Cave Diving

    The Plura River emerges from a large cave entrance about 30km to the north east of the town of Mo i Rana, Norway. Diving this s…

  • Niah Caves

    Sarawak's Niah Caves are among the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. A 3 km plankwalk leads through beauti…

Nearby Experiences

  • Calf Holes to Browgill, Yorkshire Dales

    This is a superb little trip for beginners to the sport of caving but should only be attempted in good weather when rain is not…

  • Caving Upper & Lower Long Churn

    If you want something more adventurous then why not go down Upper and Lower Long Churn at Selside, about 15 km north of Ingleto…

  • White Scar Caves

    The largest chamber in the White Scar Cave complex is also the largest known cave chambers in England – the 90m long Battlefiel…

Related links

Contribute to this page