Yordas Cave

Useful Information

Location: Kingsdale, Yorkshire. On west side of the Thornton to Dent road, in a small plantation, 1,5km beyond Braida Garth.
Open: no restrictions
Fee: none
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: none.
Dimension: A=312m asl, L=213m, VR=43m.
Guided tours: L=100m, D=10min.
Bibliography: John Hutton (1780): A Tour to the Caves in the Environs of Ingleborough and Settle, pp. 14-18 (reprinted 1970).
Address: Yordas Cave,
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Main Chamber in the Yordas Cave, from "Views of the caves near Ingleton, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove" by William Westall, published by John Murray 1818.


The name Yordas Cave is derived from the Norse Jord ass which means earth stream.

The cave was run as a show cave by its owners in the early part of the 19th centrury. There are steps from this time at the main entrance. Also there are cave descriptions from that time (see below). The guided part of the cave was only the main chamber.

The entrance to Yordas Cave leads directly to the main chamber. This is a rather big hall of 50 m by 15 m and up to 15 m high. There are three small passages leaving this hall to the right and to the left,

There is a theory, that many of the places in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë are originaly in Yorkshire. If this is true, the most likely place for Emily's Fairy Cave would be Yordas Cave. This sounds very likely, as this cave was a rather famous show cave at the time Emily Brontë wrote this book.