The History of Stump Cross Caverns

The History of Stump Cross Caverns

They were discovered completely by chance in the year 1860 by Messrs William and Mark Newbould who had been prospecting for lead in the Yorkshire Dales. It wasn’t until some 60 years later that they were explored more fully and during the 1920s started to become a popular tourist destination and the years that followed saw the introduction of a gift shop and tourist centre to provide information for the many visitors that came to the site.Millions of years ago what is now the Yorkshire Dales was submerged under an ocean. The sediment from this ocean created limescale and over time this hardened. When the limestone was hit by acid rain some 500000 years ago the caves were formed and this is the basis for what you can see when you visit.