Photo: Paul Williams

Beneath the Chapel-le-Dale valley in Yorkshire Dales National park, a network of hidden cave chambers lays still and silent. Reveal their 350 million year history by delving into the White Scar Caves at Ingleborough. Fascinating rock formations (which require all means of ducking and climbing along the cave trail) were formed by billions of miniscule marine creatures that accumulated on the sea floor 350 million years ago. At 90 metres long they’re one of the largest known cave networks in Great Britain!

In 1923, Cambridge student Christopher Long was holidaying in the Yorkshire Dales and happened to notice a small fissure in the ground. Deciding to investigate and intrigued by a distant rumble of flowing water, he made his way through gaps in jagged rocks. Following the shallow pools, he found himself at the foot of a waterfall. Since 1925, visitors have been permitted to see what Christopher Long discovered all that time ago. Upon discovering the majesty of the caves, you’ll understand why he could never have kept it quiet.

The tour taking approximately 80 minutes will enlighten you and leave you flabbergasted at the sheer beauty and wonder that lies beneath the ground.


Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3AW
Tel: 015242 41244
Times: February – October, daily, 10am – 4pm
November – January, Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm