White Scar Caves

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White Scar Caves
Inside White Scar Caves - geograph.org.uk - 1140760.jpg
Formations in the show cave
Map showing the location of White Scar Caves
Map showing the location of White Scar Caves
LocationChapel-le-Dale, North Yorkshire, England
OS gridSD 7128 7452
Coordinates54°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
Length6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi)
Elevation259 metres (850 ft)
GeologyCarboniferous limestone
AccessShow cave
Show cave openedOpened 1925
Show cave length1,600 metres (1,700 yd)
Cave surveycavemaps.org

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[1] 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.[2] 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.


  1. ^ Rodgers, Peter (1978). Geology of the Yorkshire Dales. Clapham, N. Yorkshire: Dalesman. p. 77. ISBN 0852064829.
  2. ^ White Scar Cave- Caving notes

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