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Speedwell Cavern

Castleton
Hope Valley
Derbyshire
S33 8WA

An Incredible Journey by Boat

Enter the inner world of the underground cave system in the heart of the Peak District National Park and absorb the atmosphere as a watery silence echoes all around you.

Set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high above the village of Castleton, Speedwell Cavern takes you on an incredible underground boat journey.

Descend the 105 steps from the almost hidden cavern entrance to the landing stage of an underground canal where you step on to your tour guide's boat. From here you glide quietly through the workings of a 200 year old lead mine. Picture in your mind what it must have been like to carve out these tunnels using only the most primitive of tools as your guide recounts the story of the mine which opens into a network of natural caverns and underground rivers.

At Halfway House the canal splits to allow oncoming boats to pass as you wend your way 200 metres below the surface of the hill before entering a magnificent cathedral-like cavern containing the awesome Bottomless Pit - a huge subterranean lake.

General Information:

  • Gift shop with a wide selection of gifts and momentos
  • Disabled access - please call for information
  • Pay and display parking for cars and coaches
  • Special rates for pre-booked group visits
  • School work packs available on request.

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    Speedwell Cavern Postcode for SatNav: S33 8WA

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