Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association would like to thank all those who supported the team by participating in this years’ Wharfedale Three Peaks Challenge Event and also thank those who made additional donations. We have received very positive feedback and hope you all had an enjoyable day.


A Few Things We Do Cave Rescue. Surface Rescue. Animal Rescue.

UWFRA is made up of over 60 well trained and well equipped volunteer cavers, climbers and mountaineers and is on call 365 days a year. Our membership live in the Dales 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 in the worst of weather conditions.

UWFRA is a registered charity. Like other mountain and cave rescue teams in the UK it receives no funding from central Government. The team is run entirely by volunteers and has no paid members of staff.

Some words of thanks from those we've helped

Latest Activity

Date: Saturday, 22 July, 2017 - 03:00

Location: Dow Cave near Kettlewell

Description: The team was called out by North Yorkshire Police following reports that 4 cavers were overdue in Dow Cave near Kettlewell. After getting further information, it was determined that the incident was a hoax call and the team was stood down.

Attendance: 1

Man Hours: 1

Date: Thursday, 20 July, 2017 - 22:44

Location: Kilnsey, Upper Wharfedale

Description: The team was called out by North Yorkshire Police to search for an overdue female walker at Kilnsey. Fortunately, whilst the team were mobilising, she was located safe and well.

Attendance: 20

Man Hours: 10

Date: Wednesday, 12 July, 2017 - 17:24

Location: Footpath near Fewston Reservoir

Description: The team was called out by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a casualty near Fewston Reservoir. Fortunately the ambulance was able to reach the casualty, so the team was stood down on route.

Attendance: 11

Man Hours: 4

Date: Friday, 7 July, 2017 - 12:40

Location: Litton

Description: The team was called by North Yorkshire Police for a male with suspected broken leg on the fell above Litton. Team walked to the casualty where they carried out an assessment, they administered pain relief and splinted the lower leg, before putting patient into the stretcher for carry off the hill to waiting road ambulance.

Attendance: 13

Man Hours: 43

Date: Thursday, 6 July, 2017 - 21:00

Location: How Stean Gorge

Description: The team was called by the North Yorkshire Police to search for a group of twenty one school children who had been reported missing on a walk from How Stean Gorge. The students had set off in smaller groups to complete a walk near their campsite and had become disorientated, possibly following route markers from previous events in the area. 15 were located on the road near Ramsgill by a Team member and escorted / transported back to their camp by the Police and the Team. The Team and locals searched the nearby roads and located the final 6 students just as it was getting dark. Once they realised they were lost the students sensibly grouped together and headed into the valley bottom where they were located enabling the search to be brought to a swift and successful conclusion. Thanks to the locals and How Stean Gorge staff who assisted in the search.

Attendance: 31

Man Hours: 65

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