Caving in the North Yorkshire Dales - Stump Cross Caverns

Opening Times

We are open from 9am to 6pm everyday with last admission to the cave being at 5.

Booked parties including birthday parties or coach parties can be accommodated at any time of the year including evenings, please telephone to make an appointment.

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.

World Records

Geoff Workman held the world record for the longest time spent underground, and this record attempt was completed at Stump Cross Caverns in 1963. Geoff spent 105 days underground in solitude as part of an investigation into the effect on the body of depravation of the day and night cycle.

Cave Access Information

Trained dogs on a lead are alowed in the shop and cafe, but not in the cave system.

Pushchairs and baby back carriers are not permitted due to restricted access, however front carriers are permitted. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Helmets are provided for your safety and must be worn at all times.

Access to the cave is via 65 steps, with hand rails on both sides.

Photography is allowed for personal use only.