When Mark suggested visiting a cave my claustrophobia alarm went on high alert.
We had just stayed on the fourth floor on a hotel near Birmingham and my legs had quite the work out climbing all those stairs in a bid to avoid going in the lift.
A cave didn’t seem like it would be my thing AT ALL. The lovely man who greeted us when we arrived at Poole’s Cavern, near Buxton, understood my concerns. As a fellow claustrophobic he reassured me that all would be well. And he was right.
I’m sure the cavern is a great place to visit at any time of year (it’s two million years old!) but with Christmas lights twinkling the entire way through it was magical.
During our time there, a special visit Santa experience was taking place. This had sold out almost as soon as the tickets went on sale in September but, escorted by a friendly guide, we were able to bypass that bit (although Freya got a wave from Father Christmas which made her day) and venture further into the cavern.
Apparently, according to Wiki, it is named after an outlaw who once used the cavern as a lair. It has a fascinating history dating back to the Bronze Age but it was already a tourist attraction in 1683.
Staffed with very friendly informative guides (Freya asked one what the different between a gnome and a dwarf was and he gave a great answer), the whole experience was interesting and fun. It’s jaw dropping when you think how old it is.
If you are ever up that way, it is well worth a visit. We then climbed up to Solomon’s Temple, which is on the same site.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and happy new year!
4 thoughts on “My Weekend Photo – Featuring Poole’s Cavern, Buxton.”
It looks beautiful and I’m glad it wasn’t claustrophobic! As a claustrophobe myself, I can totally understand your fears. It was good that they were able to get Freya past Father Christmas without her realising what she was missing out on!
Wow, what photos, what a place! Thank you.
Wow! What an amazing location to take photos! That said Tara, I can imagine it was daunting thinking about going into a cave if you have claustrophobia. You showed real dedication to the cause!
Great post 🙂