Ingleborough, North Yorkshire
Ingleborough Cave claims to be the prettiest show cave in the Yorkshire Dales and when you venture into awe-inspiring cave formations, its hard to disagree.
The cave was first entered in 1837, and celebrated 175 years of visitors in 2012. While times have changed massively on the outside world in that time, Ingleborough Cave itself has changed little over the decades.
The imposing entrance and passages are full of artefacts, stalactites and stalagmites, that date back millions of years and show exactly how the Ice Ages impacted on the world.
The caves have featured many times on TV and you can tour them with an expert guide, and navigate floodlit passages on well-laid concrete paths.
Ingleborough Cave system’s most exhilarating activity is dropping to the foot of Gaping Gill, a 110 metre deep pothole that makes up the system. Twice a year cavers provide the general public with the opportunity to join them in Gaping Gill, which is otherwise inaccessible to all but the most skilled cavers.
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