Lancashire and the Peaks Sights


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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