White Scar Cave Yorkshire
White Scar Cave, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3AW
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Geology | Picnic Areas | Outdoor Pursuits | Outdoor Education | Ecology & Green Awareness | Caves & Caverns | Science | Leisure and Tourism | Geography | Environmental Studies
What we offer
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.
What makes us a great choice?
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 and 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.
Accreditation and Awards
Member of International Show Caves Association
What is typically included?
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.
Group Sizes Catered 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.)
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
We provide worksheets for key stages 1, 2, 3 and 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.
Photography, Filming & Audio 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.
Risk Assessment Details
We provide information on request to assist with risk assessments, and also provide a download from our website. Teachers are welcome to visit the cave in advance – please contact the cave manager if you would like to arrange this.
Education Officer Information
Please contact the School Visits Organiser telephone: 015242 41244 email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The discount price for school groups is £5.70 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).
A jacket or pullover is recommended as the cave stays a cool 8°C throughout the year. High-heeled shoes are not appropriate.
First Aid Information
There is a qualified first aider on site.
On-site vehicle park, café, shop (indication: £2-3 pocket money), outdoor and (limited) indoor picnic areas, toilets, information centre.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Please contact us about any specific requirements your pupils 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.
Opening Hours & Information
The cave is available for group visits seven days per week, summer and winter (except 25 & 26 December), weather permitting. First tour 10:20am, last tour 4pm.
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.