Adventurous adults and children can explore the twists and turns of a new cave at a Leeds activity centre.

Adventurous adults and children can explore the twists and turns of a new cave at a Leeds activity centre.

The artificial caving system, the only one of its kind in the country, is now open to the public after being put in place at the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre at Yeadon Tarn.

Split over two levels, the indoor attraction allows people with and without disabilities to try their hand at caving in a safe environment.

The cave has been designed to replicate a natural cave and includes features like stalactites, stalagmites, and hidden fossils.

Its completely flat bottom level allows wheelchair users and those with limited mobility to experience caving by using trolleys to propel themselves along.

The upper level has more areas to explore and features an artificial sump for the more adventurous.

Members of the public got the chance to don their helmets and lamps and have a look at the cave at a special open day event on Wednesday, December 11.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills attended on the day.

She said: “The new cave is a really exciting addition to the great programme of activities already on offer at the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre.

“Its innovative design means children and adults with and without disabilities have the chance to try something different, fun and unique.

“I’m really excited to see the finished article, I’m sure it’ll be a massive hit with young people and adults keen to have a go at caving and I’m looking forward to seeing what the public makes of it at the open day.”

Funding for the cave has come from the short breaks scheme, a national initiative held locally by children’s services aimed at improving short break opportunities for disabled children, young people and their families.

All sessions, which are for up to eight people, are led by qualified instructors and safety equipment is provided.

The cave is open to the public all year round and costs £53.40 for up to eight people. Sessions last approximately one hour.

Why not like us on http://www.facebook.com/LeedsSailingCentre, telephone 0113 378 1271 or go to http://www.leeds.gov.uk/sailingcentre for more information.

For more information about disability sport, go to http://www.leeds.gov.uk/disabilitysport

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