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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


Latest Callouts

Saturday 27th Sep 02:00

Ilkley Moor

The team was called out by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a reported broken ankle. After treatment by ambulance paramedics the casualty was carried by the team to the road ambulance in Ilkley.

Wednesday 24th Sep 16:30


The team was called out by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist at a road traffic accident where a motorcyclist had gone down an embankment and couldn't be reached easily. The casualty was evacuated by helicopter and the team were stood down en-route

Sunday 21st Sep 11:30


The team was called by North Yorkshire Police to rescue Sophie a 21 month old boxer who had fallen in a 7m deep crevasse between the rocks in Guiscliffe. The dog was retrieved by the team and reunited with her grateful owners.

Sunday 14th Sep 16:40


The team was called by North Yorkshire Police to locate a lost walker believed to be somewhere on Hawkswick Moor. The lady had been walking from Arncliffe to Kettlewell and had lost the path and become extremely distressed. Fortunately, as the search was just getting under way, the lady was found by a local runner who brought her down to Hawkswick. After a cup of tea she was driven back to her car in Kettlewell in a team vehicle.

Friday 12th Sep 13:20


The team was called by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist a woman who had a suspected broken leg. The lady had been walking with her dogs on the Dales Way above Kettlewell when the cows trampled her despite releasing the dogs. After treatment by an air ambulance paramedic she was transported by helicopter to a waiting road ambulance where she was transferred with the assistance of team members.


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Will you become a friend of UWFRA?
Membership Fees:
Individual Friend £10 per annum (Minimum)
Corporate Friend £100 per annum (Minimum)
Life Friend (over 50's) £250 (Minimum)
Please contact our Membership Secretary:
phone: 01423 772358