White Scar Caves

White Scar Caves

Formations in the show cave
Map showing the location of White Scar Caves
Location Chapel-le-Dale, North Yorkshire, England
OS grid SD 7128 7452
Coordinates 54°09′56″N 2°26′29″W / 54.165626°N 2.441345°W / 54.165626; -2.441345Coordinates: 54°09′56″N 2°26′29″W / 54.165626°N 2.441345°W / 54.165626; -2.441345
Length 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi)
Elevation 259 metres (850 ft)
Discovery 1923
Geology Carboniferous limestone
Entrances 2
Hazards Water
Access Show cave
Show cave opened Opened 1925
Show cave length 1,600 metres (1,700 yd)
Cave survey cavemaps.org
Website www.whitescarcave.co.uk

White Scar Caves is a show cave in the civil parish of Ingleton, North Yorkshire, England, under Ingleborough in the Chapel-le-Dale valley of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is a solutional resurgence cave formed in Carboniferous limestone, some 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) long.

It was first explored in August 1923 by two amateur geologists, Christopher Long and J.H. Churchill, but further discoveries have been made since then including The Battlefield, at 90 metres (300 ft) long it is one of the largest known cave chambers in Great Britain.[1] Originally accessed through a vertical boulder choke, an access tunnel has been cut to include it on the visitor trail.

It is open as a show cave, the entrance being from the Ribblehead to Ingleton road on the west of Ingleborough, with tours being run throughout the year. The visitor facilities include a shop and café.


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