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    Skirwith cave is situated in the yorkshire dales just outside of Ingleton.
    Back in 1964 (although I had heard of it being operational before then but cannot find evidence) it was opened to the public as a showcave. Complete with steps, lights, and walkways it was apparently a busy tourist attraction.

    The site of the ticket office can still be seen, as can the old public toilets. Nearby was the "original entrance", which collapsed shortly after opening. This created the need to open a second entrance further uphill (gianed via the steps beside the ticket office) which was used for a few years before it too collapsed.
    A third entrance was then created, a grand concrete arch with an iron gate. I believe the ticket office was closed and a "coin slot" turnstile was installed.

    Oddly nature refused to be tamed and this third entrance too collapsed and the cave was closed in 1974.
    The final entance however is still accessable to the explorer and once inside the atmosphere is a somber and eerie one.

    The showcave has been reclaimed by nature, with broken wooden walkways, and dilapidated concrete steps, interspersed by natural boulder chokes and streamways.
    It makes for quite a spooky and unusual explore, it has an almost oppresive atmosphere at times, almost as though you are being allowed to enter by some unseen force, yet always being watched, and if you out stay your welcome you are warned by strange noises such as ghostly chattering from down the passage ahead, or the sudden boom and echo of fallling rocks, even though afterwards there is no fallen stone to see.

    Have been down a few times now over the past few years, and have never been dissapointed. I guess the atmosphere stems from it being partly man made yet slowly being recliamed by nature, gives you the feeling that man is not quite welcome there anymore. As for the noises.....go find out for yourself..

    To see more pics from my last visit please click this link - http://flickr.com/photos/18394337@N0...905216/detail/













    Last edited by Obi Wan; 22nd Jan 09 at 16:50. Reason: to add pic

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    What an unusual explore! I love your photos...very atmospheric, especially the fog and frosty ones. Great titles.
    Excellent stuff. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Excellent stuff. :)
    Thanks lady.

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    Yeah thatís certainly an unusual find!

    Like the fourth picture of the steps leading down into the darkness, very atmospheric! :)

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    Nice, thanks.

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    Very unusual you certainly dont find one of these every day, i cant think of caves without thinking league of gentleman .

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    I liked the bit about the turnstyle, pay your money and get in there, no H & S bollocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
    I liked the bit about the turnstyle, pay your money and get in there, no H & S bollocks.
    That's what I was thinking. I'm no fan of over-zealous H&S but even I think that's taking it a bit far, especially as the caves seem to have been a bit unstable even then.

    I've been on guided tours of White Scar Cave a few times, which can't be far away and was probably discovered by the same people. Next time I'm in the area I might try and find this one. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardB View Post
    I've been on guided tours of White Scar Cave a few times, which can't be far away :)
    Its not a million miles away no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanny View Post
    ... i cant think of caves without thinking league of gentleman .
    LOL! Stump hole caverns? Classic episode that one.

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