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Speedwell Cavern Guided Tour by Boat

  • Location Hope Valley
  • Price from £25.00


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 106 steps from the almost hidden cave entrance to the landing stage of an underground canal where you step on to your tour guides' boat. From here you journey through the workings of a 200 year old lead mine, blasted out of solid limestone by intrepid C18th miners. 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 make 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. Your guide will reveal how the lake got its name among other mysteries,  before you return to the surface and daylight!

When booking please select the ticket type that suits your party size. Then pick a date and an arrival timeslot. The time on your ticket will show when you must arrive between and the total duration is typically 1 hour after your arrival time. Please arrive within your timeslot so you're ready for your boat trip. If you miss your start time we may not be able to accommodate you on a later tour. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN. If you know you will be late telephone us on 01433 623018 and we will do our best to move you to a later tour subject to availability.

Social Distancing measures mean that we have limited availability. Depending on group sizes, we have a minimum of 4 benches per boat that seat 3 people per bench. A family group of 2 adults and 2 small children (under 8 years) or 1 adult and 3 children (under 8 years) may purchase a Family Ticket for one bench (it will be a squeeze, and if the children are too big you will end up having to sit one on an adults knee). Children 4 years old and under are free of charge provided you sit them on an adults knee on the boat (strictly 1 free child per adult). No ticket is required so do not include them in your numbers.

Please note that there are 106 steps down into the Cavern, and 106  back up on the way out!

The Cavern is not suitable if you are claustrophobic.

From 17th May the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply so for bookings for 7 or more people please telephone 01433 623018 (10am-4pm) and we will assist with your booking. (Before 17th May email )


    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing It is a constant 9 degrees Celsius underground so a sweater or fleece is recommended all year round. Flat Shoes are essential.


  • Custom Policy


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