Who are we?


A new era for Yorkshire Dales Guides

The new Yorkshire Dales Guides Team – Steph Dwyer, Mike Bottomley and Paul Mackrill. TL, Paul cross country skiing, Arctic Lapland, TR, Mike and Steph finish the 190km Spine MRT Race, BL, Mike in his element after news of a historic find over 700m beneath the mountains and BR, Steph enjoying the sun rise on an Alpine ascent in the Swiss Alps


After 27 years of excellence in guiding and instructing Dave and Pam are hanging up their wellies to enjoy their well deserved retirement. So who are the new management team?

We are Steph Dwyer – Managing Director, Mike Bottomley – Director and Paul Mackrill – Director

Between us we have over 90 years of experience in the outdoors in areas such as:


Exploratory Expedition Caving  


Rock Climbing

Open Water & Cave Diving

Sea Kayaking

Downhill & Cross-country Skiing

Open water swimming

Ultra-Endurance Fell Running

Yes, we’ve been privileged enough to be the first human beings to lay our footprints in the sand of some incredible places and we can help you get there too!

Steph doing what she loves, helping young people believe in their infinite potential 🙂

Together with the wealth of experience passed on by Dave and Pam, we hope to build upon and expand this fantastic business.

Professionally we have backgrounds ranging from Psychology, Chemistry, Project management, Geology & Geophysics to Nuclear Physics but we are best known for our leading roles in the multi-award winning film, the Ario Dream, about the exploratory expedition Steph & Mike currently run. Check out: www.ariocavesproject.com for the movie trailer, more info & pictures.

Our dedication and experience in the outdoors is evidenced by: 

Steph being 1st Lady and taking over 5 1/2 hours off the women’s record in this years Spine MRT Challenger race, a 190km ultra endurance race in winter across the Pennine Way. See her and Mike in Summit Fever’s fantastic film – Resilience, https://www.reelhouse.org/summitfevermedia/resilience

Mike being the first to both descend into the World’s deepest & biggest caves, not to mention all his cave exploration in the Yorkshire Dales & beyond, and

An 11 year old Mike exploring Gaping Gill with his Dad.















Paul being the first ever to traverse the Swiss 4,000m high mountains and in partnership with our dear friend Tony Seddon, being the first to complete the world’s deepest cave diving through trip – over 1,200m beneath the mountains.

Paul, abseiling into a cave in Norway whilst on expedition

















Meeting them will be an experience in itself and we will be sure to help you be your best. 







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