Speedwell Cavern is situated at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, only a short distance from the village of Castleton. Over 200 years ago lead miners, using only primitive tools carved out the tunnel, which leads to a network of natural caverns and underground rivers.
Today, your visit to the cavern starts by descending a flight of 105 steps to the landing stage of an underground canal. Here you board your guides' boat for a fascinating journey through the old lead workings into part of the underground cave system deep in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
At Halfway House the canal splits into
two to allow oncoming boats to pass. The canal
then continues for a further 200 metres below the surface of the
hill before entering a magnificent
cathedral-like cavern containing the awesome
Bottomless Pit - a huge subterranean lake.
After completing your journey you can visit the gift shop and take home something to remember the eerie splendour of your journey into the depths of Speedwell Cavern.
There are a wide selection of gifts and mementos available in the shop, including jewellery made from the exclusive Blue John stone. 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.
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Take an amazing boat trip underground to visit the awesome Bottomless Pit - a huge subterranean lake. Refreshments available. Open daily all year (excluding Christmas Day) from 10am, weather permitting. For further information telephone 01433 620512.
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