White Scar Caves
|White Scar Caves|
Formations in the show cave
|Location||Chapel-le-Dale, North Yorkshire, England|
|Length||6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi)|
|Elevation||259 metres (850 ft)|
|Show cave opened||Opened 1925|
|Show cave length||1,600 metres (1,700 yd)|
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. 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.