- Rubbing hands with anti-bacterial handwash before and after entering the gill.
- Carrying a kitchen surface spray in your rucksack if you intend to enter Ling Gill. Spray your boots or wellingtons and rub with a cloth that can be disposed of in your rucksack, taken home and discarded.
- Avoiding wading in Cam Beck unless absolutely necessary, and keeping all water contact to a minimum.
- Avoiding entering any other water in the area once Ling Gill has been explored.
- True lovers of the outdoors will take this advice seriously and help keep our native species, an indicator in itself of limestone water quality, protected for future generations.
Looking back at a moss-lined cascade, with the bed of Cam Beck adorned with potholes.
Fallen trees add a harshness, providing further obstacles to the adventure.
Yet delicate carpets of greenery are never far away.
Looking back upstream over another major boulder section. In flood, needless to say, this section is impassable.
A low bedding plane cave is passed on the right bank, with most of the stream seeming to be underground at this point.
Then there's the superb 'Hermit's Cave' on the left bank. This is the view out.
Still hazardous and slippy, but at least it's a little more level at this point.
A touch further downstream and, looking back, another cave can be seen in the cliffs.
The falls are Ling Gill's reward: a gift for the intrepid limestone explorer.
A gift worth seeking out ...
The falls can be viewed from above, through a screen of vegetation and foliage.
Looking over to the opposite bank, the cliffs tower hundreds of feet above the beck.
Once back at the level of the beck, there is a lovely series of potholes in the bed.
Leaning trees and flood debris provide varying views round each and every corner.
White cliffs and dazzling green foliage - a perfect picture.
A wider perspective of the scene.
Looking back at the pool before the long return to 'base camp.'
Passing another bedding plane.
The cliffs and large detached boulder come back into view.
As wild as it gets in Yorkshire.
Potholes decorate the river bed.
The Hermit's Cave from the opposite bank. I must return with my caving gear!
Marvellous views as we head back upstream.
Looking back on our journey as we re-enter the upper section of the gill.
As promised, it's a wander through the boulders this time, instead of the bridge.
There's the bridge on the left, with our route up above the little cascade, noting the delicate little 'spear' of limestone.
The boulders are tricky, but with care there's a way through.
No choice here but to clamber over these monsters. Luckily the fallen tree helped the climb up and was very welcome in the scene.
Approaching the upper reaches - and a beautiful scene opens up ahead again.
An inclined, giant letter 'P' can be seen here. 'P' for 'perfect' - as this scene undoubtedly is.
Portrait view, showing more of the foliage to give a contrast. Perfect.
Close-ups of the hole, worn by water action over thousands of years.
Flood debris are wedged into the cavity beyond.
Just for fun this time, I crawled under the bridge between the boulders. They didn't mind.
Close-up of the pool, with the singing man on the left, though froggy has lost his eye from this position.
The area of the Division Bell is like something from a fantasy movie. The natural design is superb.
I decided to risk wet feet for an intimate acquaintance.
As I peered inside I could hear him shouting, 'Will you keep off of my head?!'
Don't think this guy was too bothered about visitors.
Heading back through the hole at long last.
Home territory looming.
The first boulder section on the return journey.
Back to the start. I can hear the waterfalls again ....
A welcome sight. Hope my rucksack's not fallen in ...
Back to normality. Cam Beck above Ling Gill.
Penyghent and an old barn. Which do you prefer ... this one?
Or this one?
Woolly friends, ruins and Ling Gill from the west.
Please try very hard to help conserve our wonderful native crayfish. This is a special place, and it's a very special creature that has set up home there!!