Winnats Pass, CASTLETON, Derbyshire S33 8WA
You can enter the inner world of the underground cave system in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Then 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. The Speedwell Cavern takes you on an incredible underground boat journey.
Descend the 105 steps from the almost hidden cave entrance. Then to the landing stage of an underground canal where you step on to your tour guides’ 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 tools as your guide recounts the story of the mine which opens into a network of natural caverns and underground rivers.
At the Halfway House, the canal tunnel splits into two 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.
Visit the gift shop and take home something to remember the eerie splendour of your journey into the depths of Speedwell Cavern.
A wide selection of gifts and mementos are available including jewellery made from the exclusive Blue John stone – the superb fluorspar mineral unique to the Peak District Caverns. Cavern craftsmen are often commissioned to make commemorative pieces from this world-famous stone such as a chalice made for Her Majesty the Queen on her Silver Jubilee.
You can also buy a combined ticket to visit The Peak Cavern