Stump Cross Caverns is a show cave which lies alongside the road between Grassington and Pateley Bridge, and is on the Way of the Roses cycle route.

The formation of Stump Cross Caverns began millions of years ago, when the area which is now the Yorkshire Dales was covered by oceans. Sediment from the ocean floor would eventually form limestone, the basic material from which the caves are made. The caves themselves began to form as the limestone was eroded by weak acid rain, created when carbon dioxide from the atmosphere mixed with the precipitation to form carbonic acid.

Many years ago, underground streams found their way into the cracks and began to expand the cave system as more rock was worn away. Once the streams had gone from the upper levels of the valley the cave system was left behind, and the mineral structures that are present today slowly began to form as water dripped through the caverns.

Stump Cross Caverns offer a range of facilities for a great family day out, including a gift shop and tea room as well as the caves themselves. There is also a twenty minute film presentation shown in our comfortable lecture theatre, informing visitors of the history and development of the caverns within the local area.

Contact and Getting Here

Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5JL

01756 752780

Opening times

10am - 5.30pm (last admission into the caves is 4.30pm), from now until the 30th of November.

Disabled Access

Trained dogs on a lead are allowed in the shop and cafe, but not in the cave system. Pushchairs and baby back carriers are not permitted due to restricted access, however front carriers are permitted. 

Helmets are provided for your safety and must be worn at all times. Access to the cave is via 65 steps, with hand rails on both sides.

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