Ingleborough Cave | Clapham
Ingleborough Cave, first entered and made accessible in 1837, is the premier show cave in the Yorkshire Dales. In 2012, it is celebrating 175 years of entrancing visitors with an awe inspiring range of stunning cave formations, the imposing cave entrance and the large passages are full of artifacts dating back millions of years along with the evidence of the significant impact of the Ice Ages.
The passages are floodlit with well-laid concrete paths, the usual walking or outdoor clothing will suffice and there are no steps so the Cave is accessible for pushchairs. Dogs are allowed on leads and it is very rarely affected by flooding, in fact the wetter the weather the more spectacular the Cave!
The walk from Clapham Village to the Cave is also a unique and very enjoyable experience. There is a leaflet available at the start of the Trail which interprets the features of the walk through this woodland landscape with Himalayan plantings, unusual tree species and along a wide, well maintained gravel track.
The Trail also provides access further up Clapdale beyond Ingleborough Cave to Trow Gill Gorge, a large limestone gorge carved out by glacial melt water.
The cave is open every day from the beginning of the February half term to the end of October. Tours commence on the hour, every hour (during the peak season tours may also depart half hourly), beginning at 10:00 am with the last tour leaving at 4:00 pm.
During holiday periods the last tour is at 5.00 pm, and during the winter months the last tour is 3pm. It is advised that you check the sign at the start of the Nature Trail on the day. In the winter, group visits may be made mid-week by appointment. The tour takes about 45-50 minutes.