Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: White Scar Cave, Ingleton, North Yorkshire LA6 3AW

Contact: 015242 41244



White Scar Cave enjoys a magnificent setting in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Young visitors are introduced to the science and wonder of the subterranean world. The cave walk covers one mile, ensuring that learning is combined with exercise!  There are underground streams and waterfalls, flowstone, prehistoric mud pools, and the huge Battlefield Cavern adorned with thousands of stalactites. Paths and lighting have been installed throughout.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Britain.  Therefore pupils gain access to an extensive and significant underground system.  Getting to us is easy, because our on-site vehicle park is only 2 miles from the A65 and 17 miles from the M6.  The turf-roofed visitor centre offers shelter from rain and from fierce summer sun. Guides escort groups through the cave, adjusting their presentation to the age range and subject interests of the visitors. Topics include:

• How caves form in limestone.

• The discovery and exploration of White Scar Cave.

• How stalagmites, stalactites & flowstone are formed.

• Preservation of the natural cave environment.

• The water system (hydrology) of the cave.

• Timelines – relating geological epochs to human life and history.     

• Zoology – the tiny, blind creatures living in the cave.

• Continental drift and the formation of limestone.

• Geology of the area, including showing the famous Craven Fault.

• Leisure industry studies – operation of the cave as a visitor attraction.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Upon arrival, visitors are fitted with hard hats. The guide leads the group a short way into the cave for introductory remarks and the safety briefing. The cave walk then proceeds, with stops for presentation of points of interest, and questions.  Please advise us of your specific requirements, so that your pupils enjoy a truly rewarding experience.

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Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

Full Member of International Show Caves Association

What size groups do they cater for?

Minimum 12, Maximum 200 – large groups will be split for the cave walk. (Please note: if your group has fewer than 15 paying visitors, your guide may also be escorting other visitors.)

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We provide worksheets for key stages 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the National Curriculum.  The worksheets have been created by an experienced geography teacher, and may be downloaded and printed from our website. They are also available at the cave.  In addition, our information room displays materials illustrating aspects of the cave, including a large-scale wall map of the entire system.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Still photography is permitted, as long as it does not disrupt the progress of the cave walk.  For safety reasons, video and audio recording are not permitted.  There are no copyright restrictions on images made by visitors for their personal and private use only.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We provide information on request to assist with risk assessments.  Teachers are welcome to visit the cave in advance – please contact us if you would like to arrange this.

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What are the contact details for their education officer?

Please contact the School Visits Organiser, telephone: 015242 41244, email:

What does it cost?

The discount price for school groups is £5.50 per pupil. To comply with Local Authority guidelines as to the supervision of school or youth groups, teachers with educational parties are admitted free of charge (in ratio of up to 1 free supervisor per 6 paying children).

Is specific clothing required?

A jacket or pullover is recommended, as the cave stays a cool 8°C throughout the year. High-heeled shoes are not appropriate.

Do you have first aid on site?

Yes, we have a qualified first aider on site.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

On-site vehicle park, café, shop (£2-3 pocket money), outdoor and (limited) indoor picnic areas, toilets, information room.

Are there disabled facilities?

Please contact us about any specific requirements your children may have.  We have an access ramp from the vehicle park to the visitor centre. There is a toilet designed for wheelchair users. Because of the natural shape of the cave passages, we regret that wheelchair and guide dog access to the cave are not possible.

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“Superb experience, excellent facilities and personable staff. Fieldwork in your show cave is always a high point in the teaching programme”  Dr N C , Lancaster University

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Caves & Caverns Green Awareness Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Picnic Areas

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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