16 June 2016

Ingleborough Nature Trail and Cave

It's definitely not that I'm running out of ideas for new places to go with the young 'uns - but it is sometimes nice to revisit old favourites, and it was to that end that we took a long-overdue trip to Ingleborough Cave.


To get to the cave we parked up at the at main car park in Clapham and pottered through the pretty village to the start of the nature trail.


There is a small charge to access the cave via the nature trail, something like 60p per person, so it might be worth remembering to take some change with you!



The way to the Ingleborough Cave is a pleasant 2km saunter through some very pretty woodland, and alongside Clapham Beck. The path is easy to follow for even those with very little legs, and it's been known t take us anywhere between 20 minutes and three hours to make the full distance.



Three hours for 2km? Yup. It's nice when the kids are distracted by something other than the tv, so when they seem to be having great fun playing with sticks I'm more than happy to let them do so for as long as possible (weather dependent, of course!)



One of the favourite 'distraction spots' on the nature trail is the money tree...



You'll have seen something similar elsewhere I'm sure - an old tree with hundreds of coins battered into it. My kids are weirdly obsessed with this tree.... I'm not sure if its because they think they'll be able to get any of the money off it, or just because its easy to climb, but this is a highlight of the walk for both of them.


I think you can usually pick up a leaflet at the start of the trail that refers to a few other points of interest along the way too.





Before too long, we found ourselves at the cave entrance. Entrance is on guided tours only, and these leave every hour. Tickets can be bought at the little shop just by the entrance, which also sells snacks and drinks - this is also where you pick up your hard hats, safety first!


Our family ticket came in at £25. I will say that the value you get from the ticket entirely depends on the tour. On our most recent visit we were part of a big group, making it a little harder to hear all the information given - previously we were the only ones on our tour, meaning it was a lot more personal and informative.


Still, despite the large group the tour guide did an admirable job of pointing out all the best formations, explaining the history of the cave and answering any questions anyone had.


Though obviously the cave is a natural formation, the pathways are flat and wide enabling wheelchair and pushchair access . . . there are some low ceilings though!



The tours last a little short of an hour, and after we emerged back into the world it was time to totter on back the way we came (stopping for another clamber on the money tree, of course!)


Unfortunately, due to an incident with a clumsy child and a muddy field, we weren't all clean enough to head into the café next to the car park for treats to sustain us on the drive home, but thankfully they had outdoor benches which I didn't feel quite so bad at using (despite it not really being warm enough for sitting outdoors by this point!). This Yorkshire afternoon tea platter (complete with Wensleydale on the fruitcake!) was just the thing after a days adventuring!

Despite my insistence that I'm not running out of days out ideas, I'm always happy to discover more so would love your suggestions on places to explore!

2 comments

  1. Such lovely pictures...as usual. Charlie's always wanted to go inside a "proper" cave...I think we should give this a try...but leave the pram at home. :)
    xx

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  2. Is there anything cooler than exploring caves?
    (Well, apart from riding boats and seeing animals.... I should have left it as a rhetorical question)

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