Lancashire and the Peaks Sights

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Speedwell Cavern

bottomless pit

Speedwell Cavern Review

The area's most exciting cavern by far is Speedwell Cavern, where 105 slippery steps lead down to old lead-mine tunnels, blasted out by 19th-century miners. Here you transfer to a small boat for the claustrophobic ¼-mile trip through an illuminated access tunnel to the cavern itself. At this point you're 600 feet underground, with views farther down to the so-called Bottomless Pit, a cavern entirely filled with water. An on-site shop sells items made of Blue John, a mineral found nowhere else in the world. Speedwell Cavern is at the bottom of Winnats Pass, 1 mile west of Castleton.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Winnats Pass, Castleton, S33 8WA
  • Phone: 01433/620512
  • Cost: £10; £15.50 combination ticket with Peak Cavern
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–4; last tour 1 hr before closing
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  • Location: Castleton
Updated: 05-29-2014

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