Happywanderers Cave and Pothole Club

How the “Happy Wanderers” came into being

Five lads were exploring around Castleton in Derbyshire. We bumped into each other once or twice and formed a lasting friendship. We visited Peak Cavern, Winnets Pass, Giants Hole and Peveral Castle. There was Malcolm (Tiger) Culshaw from Southport, Pete Matley from Salford, Frank Shuttleworth (Bazz of Bolton) and Philip Wallace from Bolton and myself from Barrow. It was summer 1955. We decided to meet up again the following Easter at Ingleton.
Mike Myers

It was summer 1955. We decided to meet up again the following Easter at Ingleton. So in 1956, after exploring a few caves around Ingleton and Clapham, we decided to form ourselves into a proper group. It was August-September 1956 we held a meeting in the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Ingleton.


I would like to thank the following individuals and Clubs who have allowed me to use their material.

Daryl  Magee and Peter Barry of The Speleological Union of Ireland, James Begley and the committee of Shepton Mallet Caving Club, Andy Chapman, Frank Rayner, Tony Waltham, Ron Bliss,  Dave Brook, Jim Newton, Harry Long, Pauline Rayner, John Comer, Alan Fincham, Alan Brook, Ray Kershaw, John Cordingley, Dave Drew ,David C. Brook Bradford Pothole Club,  Natural England, The Leakey Family, Daryl and John Donovan, The Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club, The committee of The Wessex Cave Club,  Members of the Happy Wanderers Cave and Pothole Club for their contributions, The trustees of Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association,


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