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Historical Event, Fri 26 Oct 2018

Mick Melvin: Adventure & Tragedy Beneath the North

Mick Melvin: Adventure & Tragedy Beneath the North


Mick describes the endeavours of the early caving pioneers such as John Birkbeck son of a Settle Banker, Edward Alfred Martel the French Speleologist who was the first person to reach the huge main Chamber of Gaping Gill in 1895.  He will discuss some of the major caving discoveries made during the 1940s-50s and 60s take you through the discovery and exploration of the Kingsdale Master Cave, a cave that became an important link in opening up the three Counties System. He will show you what lies behind Malham Cove.  

Finally, you will hear all about the Mossdale Tragedy of 1967 when six cavers lost their lives in Mossdale Caverns near Grassington, a tragedy that is Britain’s worst caving disaster.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 26 Oct 2018 19:30 to 22:00


£10 adults £8 concessions


Otley Courthouse,
Courthouse Street,
LS21 3AN



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Map reference: SE 202456  Lat: 53.90617 Long: -1.69401

By Car:

Head into Otley town centre on the A660 and follow the signs for the main car park from Briggate. The Courthouse is next door to the main car park.

By Public Transport:

From Leeds take the X84 express bus. Get off the bus at Otley Bus station, and walk through towards Netto. Cross the road at the crossroads and carry straight on. Take the next left and the Courthouse is found half way up Courthouse Street.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Menston station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality