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Caving in Craven

In the Dales the cave systems are some of the most dramatic and extensive in the country with over 2,000 caves and potholes (vertical shafts) in the area and more than 400km of surveyed passage.

The Ease Gill system alone is a complex series of passages over 70km in length and Gaping Gill main chamber is big enough to contain St. Paul's Cathedral. At selected times of the year, (end of May and late August) local caving clubs set up a bosons winch is set up to lower you into the chamber.
With their beautiful passages and shafts and calcite formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, curtains and flowstone, they can be places of great beauty and peace.
Show caves with guided tours are an enjoyable way of seeing these spectacular features.The Yorkshire Dales has three to try including the longest in Britain

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White Scar Cave, near Ingleton. This subterranean landscape is beautifully lit, with gushing streams, waterfalls, exotic cave formations, and a huge ice-age cavern adorned with thousands of stalactites. It's the perfect introduction to Yorkshire's underground treasures.

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Ingleborough Cave
 is reached from Clapham by a lovely scenic walk through a nature reserve before a walkway takes you over half a kilometre into the mountain.

Stump Cross Caverns Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowStump Cross Caverns, situated high on the moors above Grassington, offers a fascinating insight into the unique geology of the area. Learn how its intriguing limestone formations gradually took shape and see the remains of wolves, bison and reindeer found within the cavern.

Dalesbridge is the ideal location to take advantage of the activities and sights this unique area is so well known for: from cycling, riding, fishing, walking and climbing to the delights of the nearby natural attractions of the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland that are too numerous to mention!

Exploring caves takes knowledge, the right equipment and experience and it is best to gain these either through a course run be a qualified guide, or by joining a local club.