White Scar Cave

White Scar Cave


White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Britain. The tour begins near the original entrance found by Christopher Long, a student who discovered the cave in 1923.

The trail winds its way past cascading waterfalls, between massive banks of flowstone, and through galleries decorated with stalactites and stalagmites. Guides lead visitors along the well-lit paths and explain the features, pointing out curious cave formations such as the Devil's Tongue, the Arum Lily, and the remarkably lifelike Judge's Head. White Scar cave is not a 'dead' cave whose development has ceased. The water which made it is still ceaselessly at work, scouring away rock, enlarging the cave passages, and creating formations.

The highlight of the tour is the 200,000 year old Battlefield Cavern. Access to the Battlefield was achieved in 1991 by mining a link tunnel. Over 330 feet long, with its roof soaring in places to 100 feet, this is one of the largest caverns in Britain. It contains literally thousands of stalactites, which hang from the roof in great clusters. A special feature of the cavern are the prehistoric mud pools, which have never been disturbed by man. The tour takes eighty minutes and covers one mile.


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Contact Details

White Scar Cave
North Yorkshire LA6 3AW
Phone:015242 41244
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: whitescarcave.co.uk

Opening Times

Weather Permitting

February 1st to October 31st
Every day from 10am

November 1st to January 31st
Saturdays & Sundays from 10am

First tour at 10:20am
Last tour at 4pm


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