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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.

Landrover & Seaking
Casbag & Stretcher
Cave Entrance
Cave Rescue
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 25th Apr 21:30

Buckden Pike

The team was called out to investigate reports of an orange tent with a red flashing light on Buckden Pike. A small team was deployed to the reported grid reference, and after a brief search nothing was found, so the team was stood down.

Thursday 23rd Apr 19:00

Middle Hare Head, Bolton Abbey

The team was called out to assist 2 disabled men who were in hand powered off-road wheel chairs. After a long day, the men were attempting a steep ascent which they were unable to complete. A small team was dispatched to the casualties who were helped to a team Land Rover and transported to their car.

Wednesday 22nd Apr 19:10

Almscliffe Crag , North Rigton

The team was called out by the ambulance service to assist with a male climber who had fallen 6 metres at Almscliffe Crag. Team members assisted ambulance service personnel to treat the casualty before he was stretchered to a waiting ambulance.

Friday 17th Apr 18:00

Moor End Track, Kettlewell

The team was called out to assist an injured walker above Kettlewell. The 53 year old female had slipped and sustained a lower leg injury. After Team members administered first aid, the casualty was carried to a Team Land Rover and transported to a waiting ambulance.

Thursday 16th Apr 20:00

Cow and Calf Crags, Ilkley

The team was called out by the ambulance service to assist with a 23 year old male climber. The climber had fallen 30 feet sustaining very serious head and chest injuries. Team members assisted an ambulance paramedic to stabilize the casualty before he was stretchered to a waiting road ambulance.


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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