Gaping Gill Winch Meet 2017

June 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

Every year, for one week only, The Bradford Pothole Club holds a "Winch Meet" atop Fell Beck, Britain’s highest unbroken waterfall. For the past Sixty years, the members have constructed a winch over Gaping Gill, the largest cavern in Britain. Then they allow members of the public the chance to visit this stunning, subterranean world.

Heather Marshall and fingers June 1, 2017

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This year, I went to photograph the enourmous cavern. Hugging my Canon 5D, protected with plastic bags, I descended down into the cave through the waterfall on my single-seat chair. Once my eyes adjusted to the low light, I lowered my shutter speed and searched for a place to stabilise my camera while I shot long exposures of the vast grotto. I was told by many club members during my 2 hour wait in the queue that you could fit St. Paul's Cathedral into the space below. 

Heather Marshall and fingers June 1, 2017

This image is copyright Suzanne Plunkett 2017©.
For photographic enquiries please call Suzanne Plunkett or email suzanne@suzannelunkett.com
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Heather Marshall and fingers June 1, 2017

This image is copyright Suzanne Plunkett 2017©.
For photographic enquiries please call Suzanne Plunkett or email suzanne@suzannelunkett.com
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Sixty-nine year old Dave Neild received safety instructions from a club member just before his descent into Gaping Gill.

Heather Marshall and fingers June 1, 2017

This image is copyright Suzanne Plunkett 2017©.
For photographic enquiries please call Suzanne Plunkett or email suzanne@suzannelunkett.com
This image is copyright Suzanne Plunkett 2017©.
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Dave Neild takes photos while waiting in the queue for his turn at the winch.

Heather Marshall and fingers June 1, 2017

This image is copyright Suzanne Plunkett 2017©.
For photographic enquiries please call Suzanne Plunkett or email suzanne@suzannelunkett.com
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Members of the Bradford Pothole Club work in shifts winching the public up and down for one week every spring.

Heather Marshall and fingers June 1, 2017

This image is copyright Suzanne Plunkett 2017©.
For photographic enquiries please call Suzanne Plunkett or email suzanne@suzannelunkett.com
This image is copyright Suzanne Plunkett 2017©.
This image has been supplied by Suzanne Plunkett and must be credited Suzanne Plunkett. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. All rights reserved. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact Suzanne Plunkett on +44(0)7990562378 or email suzanne@suzanneplunkett.com

One eight-year old's journey up out of the cave...

 


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