The CNCC (Council of Northern Caving Clubs) was formed in 1963 to negotiate access to caves and potholes across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria which had previously been off limits to cavers. Over the years, access agreements between the CNCC and landowners were established for Leck and Casterton Fells, Penyghent, Fountains Fell, Stump Cross area, Birks Fell Cave, Robinson?s Pot, Washfold Pot and most recently (post-2010), Whitewell Pot area, Ingleborough Estate, Fairy Holes and Excalibur Pot, the latter two of which are outside of the traditional Yorkshire Dales area. In each case, member caving clubs can be issued permits by the CNCC to descend these caves under the conditions set out in the access agreement held with the landowner.
The CNCC has always strived to achieve the best possible access for cavers, while also maintaining good relations with landowners. In more recent years, as access to land has become more liberal in many areas, we have worked with landowners to reduce or abolish access restrictions including Washfold Pot, parts of Penyghent and the whole of Fountains Fell. Furthermore, where managed access remains, we are seeking to make the process of obtaining access much easier.