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Andy Coast to Coast

Message from Jeremy Daggett, UWFRA president

Congratulations to Andy on his achievement of running the coast to coast in 3 days and to all who helped him

About The Team

For over 60 years the U.W.F.R.A. has been rescuing people and animals from the caves and fells around Wharfedale, Nidderdale, Littondale and Mid-Airedale.

Casbag & Stretcher
Cave Entrance
Cave Rescue
Landrover & Seaking
Cave Rescue II
Crag Top Rescue
Landrover & Fire Engine
Landrover and  Fire Engine
Landrover & Sea King
Muddy Cavers

The majority of its work involves attending incidents involving people or animals in difficulty in caves, potholes, mineshafts, on fells, crags or anywhere not accessible to the normal Emergency Services.

The team is made up of over 80 well trained and well equipped volunteer cavers, climbers and mountaineers and is on call 365 days a year.

Its membership live in "the Dale" or travel from as far away as Leeds or Bradford and are prepared to respond to a callout at any time of the day or night and in the worst of weather conditions.  Whilst it has been called to assist at major national incidents, such as the Lockerbie air crash, it has also had its own difficult rescues, such as the successful extraction of 2 trapped cavers through 200 metres of flooded passage at Sleets Gill. Rescuing exhausted and injured cavers and fell walkers who are lost or have broken bones is more the norm. The Association's activities also involve helping local farmers, usually with, livestock stranded on crags, in mineshafts, rivers or snow

 Patron: Lord Crathorne KCVO. H.M Lord Lieutenant

Latest Callouts

Saturday 19th Jul 20:45


The team was called out by North Yorkshire Police to search for a vulnerable 13 year old boy with medical problems. En route to Skipton the boy was spotted by the team control vehicle in woods near Scale House on Grassington Road. The boy was then picked up by a team Land Rover and reunited with his parents.

Wednesday 16th Jul 13:40


The team was called by the North Yorkshire Police to assist a 75 year old lady who had fallen and injured her leg. The casualty was driven down in a team Land Rover to a waiting road ambulance.

Sunday 13th Jul 11:00


The team was called by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a 10 year old who had sustained head injuries 300m above Kettlewell. After treatment by paramedics the casualty was stretchered to a waiting road ambulance.

Wednesday 9th Jul 23:04

Earl Crag, Cowling

The team was called by North Yorkshire Police to search for a high risk missing male. Four team members carried out a search of the area and quickly located the casualty who had minor injuries and mild hypothermia. He was taken to a waiting road ambulance.

Tuesday 1st Jul 15:20

Providence Mines, Pateley Bridge

The team was called by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a 15 year old female who had collapsed with heat exhaustion. The casualty was transported in a team vehicle to the ambulance station in Pateley Bridge.


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