Fancy a different kind of day out? Be sure to check out some of our local caves and mines. If you or anyone in your family love caves, rocks & fossils..check out 5 Places to fossil hunt.
Mother Shipton’s Cave – (£5 Adult, £4 children with Max Card)
The park that is home to Mother Shipton’s Cave and the petrifying well is a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. Sir Henry Slingsby’s Long Walk is described by English Heritage as “one of the best” of its kind and is one of Yorkshire’s top attractions. Over the last four centuries, millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the petrifying well and fascinated by Mother Shipton’s story.
When walking through the park from the main entrance there are many things to see. The bridge near the entrance is at the heart of one of Mother Shipton’s most famous prophecies: “The world shall end when the High Bridge is thrice fallen”. The black and white pub across the road, The Worlds End, takes its name from her foretelling. The bridge has fallen once already! There is also the viaduct, one of Knaresborough’s most famous landmarks; Knaresborough Castle; and the mill and weir.
All of these sights and more can be enjoyed as visitors walk along the woodland path that winds alongside the river and through what remains of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. The park was once part of a grand estate sold by King Charles I in 1630 to a local gentleman, Sir Charles Slingsby. His grandson, Sir Henry Slingsby, landscaped the park and created the pathways, now known as Sir Henry Slingsby’s Long Walk.
Stumpcross Caverns – Pateley Bridge
Looking for a fun day out for all the family? Why not try Caving at Stump Cross Caverns, situated at Greenhow Hill in the Yorkshire Dales we are just 3 miles away from Pateley Bridge on the B6265.
Stump Cross Caverns are open from 9am till 6pm 7 days a week, where you can explore the limestone cave systems at your leisure, letting the kids enjoy the fairy door hunt.
How the Caves Were Formed
The formation of Stump Cross Caverns began millions of years ago, when the area which is now the Yorkshire Dales was covered by oceans. Sediment from the ocean floor would eventually form limestone, the basic material from which the caves are made. The caves themselves began to form as the limestone was eroded by weak acid rain, created when carbon dioxide from the atmosphere mixed with the precipitation to form carbonic acid.
Many years ago, underground streams found their way into the cracks and began to expand the cave system as more rock was worn away. Once the streams had gone from the upper levels of the valley the cave system was left behind, and the mineral structures that are present today slowly began to form as water dripped through the caverns.
Welcome To Ingleborough Cave
Ingleborough Cave, first entered and made accessible in 1837, is the premier show cave in the Yorkshire Dales. In 2012, it celebrated 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 artefacts dating back millions of years along with the evidence of the significant impact of the Ice Ages.
It has been featured many times on television. The tours of the Cave leave from the entrance at regular intervals with an expert guide to help interpret the many features of the Cave.
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.
White Scar Cave – (£28.60 Family ticket (2A, 2 C))
THE LONGEST SHOW CAVE IN BRITAIN
Entering the cave, visitors become aware of a faint sound that gets louder as they walk further in. Suddenly they turn a corner and find the first waterfall, which after wet weather literally thunders into a rocky pool. The waterfall was the first feature discovered by Christopher Long in 1923. In full spate the weight of water cascading down each minute is about fifty-five tonnes.
CAVE LAYOUT & FLOORING
There are two low-roof passages on the cave trail. Here you will need to be able to bend low at the waist while you walk. Hard hats are provided and must be worn. For small children we recommend that a woolly hat or cap be worn under the hard hat for a snug fit.
There are 97 steps on the tour. Most of these are in the access tunnel to the Battlefield Cavern.
Much of the trail is metal grid flooring, so mobility aids such as walking sticks are not suitable for the tour. High-heeled shoes should not be worn.
Because of the natural shape of the cave passages pushchair, buggy, wheelchair and guide dog access to the cave are not possible, and infants must not be carried in backpacks. There are disabled parking spaces, a gently sloping access ramp from the car park to the visitor centre, and a toilet for wheelchair users.
Ironstone Museum – (£15 Family ticket (2A, 2C))
Situated on the site of Loftus Mine, the first mine to be opened in Cleveland, the Mining Museum celebrates the legacy of ironstone mining and the broader industrial heritage of the region. The Tees Valley was the powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire. Her 83 ironstone mines dispatched iron worldwide, forming the fabric of railways and bridges across Europe, America, Africa, India and Australia.
On August 7th, 1848, the first mine in Cleveland opened in Skinningrove. It was the first of 83 ironstone mines in the region. Ultimately, they would dispatch iron worldwide, building railways and bridges all across Europe, Africa, America, India and even the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.