Ingleton is known as the Land of Caves and Waterfalls for good reason. Water has created a stunning landscape for you to explore, both underground and overground.
Whitescar Cave, the longest show cave in Britain, is just north of Ingleton, under Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. Please check their website for opening times and full entry details as we wouldn’t want you to have a wasted journey. What makes a visit here one to remember? For most of the guide-led tour, you’ll walk on metal grids as the stream runs underneath. It’s a great sensation, and helps you appreciate what those early explorers went through to discover these underground caverns. Hard hats are provided and you must wear these throughout the 80 minute tour, especially as there are 2 low-roof passages. The cave temperature is a constant 8′ centigrade, so can be a cool respite in summer. It may even feel warm in winter when it’s very cold outside. In addition to the actual show cave, you’ll find the cafe with the best views in the area. Enjoy the views while you have your refreshments and chat about your ‘underground adventure’ and the opportunity of being underground without being a caver. Younger members of the family will enjoy the experience and you’ll have unique memories to share.
Allow 2 hours for your visit; come on a clear day to take in the surroundings, stop off at the cafe and shop with wide range of local and geological inspired gifts. The setting really is stunning, there’s plenty of on-site parking and even picnic benches and toilets. More details to help you plan your visit can be found at Whitescarcave
One of the major natural assets to this landscape is the famous Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, a 4.5 mile trail with distinctive geological features and associated plant life. An absolute must if visiting the area. The circular trail follows a well-defined footpath which runs as close to the edge of the two rivers as possible to provide spectacular views of the waterfalls. The path includes a large number of steps which means that it is unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. We would advise wearing walking boots or strong shoes. The trail is open daily from 9am and takes on average 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete, so please bear this in mind as you will need to complete the trail before darkness. Seasonal last entry times –
March – 4pm
April to August – 7pm
September to October – 4pm
November to February – 2.30pm