Thursday, 2 January 2014

Caving in Yorkshire - Sepia Saturday

I announced previously (in June here) that I was not a caveman so when I saw the Jenolan Caves tour bus in this week's prompt.

I knew I could not compete with the Aussies as we are staring a whitewash in the face. I decided to come back home to Yorkshire where they still know a thing or two about cricket and to go caving instead.

White Scar Caves & Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales
What are now Britain's longest show caves were discovered in August 1923 by Christopher Long and J H Churchill. The summit of Ingleborough is some 4 km away.

How can you get there? 

By Tour Bus of course
Once inside the caves there are many spectacular sights such as this:
Inside White Scar Caves
To make you realise how insignificant we are you can always consult the clock.

Geological Clock
Even the devil will have been there before us and may lick you to death.

The Devil's Tongue - White Scar Caves
While in Yorkshire you do not have to restrict your visit to these caves under Ingleborough in the Chapel-le-Dale Valley in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

You could also take a look at:

Stump Cross Caverns
The caverns make up a limestone cave system between Wharfedale and Nidderdale in North Yorkshire. Their name derives from Stump Cross which in ancient times marked the limit of Knaresborough forest.

So in my Yorkshire tour I have found some caves and a bus, As for men in white coats.

For other prompts all I rely on Clarke Gable

However I suggest that you don't walk away like him before you have visited Sepia-Saturday-209.

Photo attributions:
  • White Scar Caves & Ingleborough - Alan Murray Rust - CC BY-SA 2.0, Geograph Project Collection
  • Inside White Scar Caves - Sharon Leedell - CC BY-SA 2.0, Geograph Project Collection
  • Geological Clock - Immanuel Giel - PD
  • The Devil's Tongue, White Scar Caves - Immanuel Giel - PD
  • Stump Cross Caverns - Paul Allison - CC BY-SA 2.0, Geograph Project Collection


La Nightingail said...

The picture of Stump Cross Caverns makes me think of dripping caramel. Yum! The 'white coats' video was fun, & I've always liked Scarlet's response to just about everything: "I'll think about that tomorrow." Works for me! Good post.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

cool pictures

Dee said...

I think my favorite is the one of Stump Cross Caverns.


B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Thanks for cavern pics, and videos! I do remember both the first time I heard them...Rhett first of course. Oh my!

Little Nell said...

Wonderful cave pictures -all your own work? I get a bit nervous exloring these caverns I must say, though I do remember going to the Blue John Caverns when I was young. Here we delve into volcanic bubbles instead.

Bob Scotney said...

Not my pictures Nell - the caves are on my list of places to visit, if I get the chance.

Titania said...

A magical underworld; Fantastic. Where I grew up there was a big cave in the mountains where gold was found, the cave's name was golden sun. It was closed but still people would disregard this and venture in and some never returned.

Karen S. said...

How delightful Bob, and your photos are wonderful. I really enjoy seeing caves, even if it's only in photos!

Mike Brubaker said...

I enjoy the way Sepia Saturday theme photos inspire travel to interesting places. Though I have little hope of visiting caves in Australia, Yorkshire I might manage one day. I will add the White Scar Caves to my list.

Postcardy said...

I like seeing cave pictures, but I am not eager to go in one myself.

Alan Burnett said...

I have never been down Ingleborough Caves although I was taking some friends around North Yorkshire last year and we stopped in the car park. The friend chickened out of going into the caves so it is still on my bucket list. As for cricket, which is it - do we know one or two things about it? A Happy New Year Bob.

Joan said...

Thanks for the tour of the Yorkshire caves -- and just gotta love a guy who stands by the Clark Cable quote in Gone With the wind

Ruckus Eskie said...

Wow look at those caverns

Rockbleeder said...

What a beautiful cave.

Wendy said...

That geological clock is something else! I love how stalactites and stalagmites often look like something else (like the devil's tongue). At Luray Caverns in Virginia, you can see 2 fried eggs.

ScotSue said...

Wonderful photographs and the one of Ingleborough reminds me of holidays in Yorkshire - a great county,

Kristin said...

This has made me decide that 2014 is the year I will stop in Tennessee and see a cave. If I go past some when heading north. It seems like it would be facinating. Not to mention I would then have some photos of a cave to share next time that prompt comes around.

Alex Daw said...

Ah yes - the cricket. Sorry about that. I just can't understand how we can be whitewashed one year and you the next. It must be the weather. Honestly it's stinking hot down here. Wish I was in the cool of those caves.

lazycoffees said...

That was a very interesting post. I tell you though, you wouldn't get me going down in those caves ! As to sport, well I'm quite patriotic when a match is on but I fail to see why any team, no matter where from, feels that it has the right to win every time. As long as it's a good match.