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Our visit to Creswell Crags.


In the last week of the school holiday T and I wondered what we could do locally with the grandchildren and they asked to go to Creswell Crags, an important archaeological site about a mile away from us. We took their bikes so they could burn some energy off cycling around the lake. T and I just sauntered after them and they just kept turning round and cycling back to us. They must have done the equivalent of 3 times round the lake…lol We made our way through the gorge towards the visitor center promising drinks and a sausage roll snack….

“Come on Grandpa you are walking too slow”…

After a quick snack we found that a tour of one of the caves was setting off in 15 minutes so we hastily booked ourselves on it. Suitably togged up we set off. The children loved wearing the hard hats and miners lamps with a battery pack strapped round their waist. They were quite heavy for them but they coped admirably. So exciting. Samuel has told everyone he has been a coal miner ever since

We were to experience the Robin Hood Cave..

I hadn’t been inside the caves since I was a child and at that time they were open and all the children played in them. You aren’t allowed in now unless on a guided tour.
The cave is enormous and there are 3 levels, each one a vast area. We were all given a history of the workings in this cave and shown the tools and bones found in there. There were about 6 children in the small group and they all sat crossed legged on the floor listening intently. Emily, bless her, kept shooting her hand up to answer the questions the guide was asking concerning the use of the different tools. I was so proud of her, she was so interested and enthused and handled the tools and bones so reverently. Samuel was just enjoying shining his head torch all around the walls and roof…typical lad!! He did find the skulls the guide passed round very interesting though. I didn’t get any photos inside the cave, it just wasn’t practical. I found this photo of the front of the cave on the web site. We climbed the stairs on the left into a low but wide area, big enough for a dozen or so adults to stand comfortably. To the right the ground slopes down to a narrow tunnel about 6 ft long, and emerges into a huge area. This is where evidence of occupation by cave dwellers and animals has been found. The entrance to the bat’s sleeping quarters is from this part of the cave.

When we crawled through to the innermost cavern we were told that we couldn’t go through to a further one as there were 8 types of bats resting in there. I immediately wanted to get out of there pronto.. can’t abandon your little ones can you…lol Apparently you can join a bat watching evening there, to see them all come up through the vents in the rock and feed in the gorge.
At the end of our very interesting tour we took our togs back to the visitor center and headed to the childrens play area in the meadow.

After spending an hour or so here they cycled back to Robin Hood cave to have photos taken at the entrance.

..and a quick snap outside the Pinhole Cave nearer to the road home..

Then it was time to head off home for tea. Two tired and happy children and two tired but happy grandparents…

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Sounds like a really great day out. How long are you underground for on the tour? What is the connection to Robin Hood? I didn't know he ever frequented caves. Good idea to have the g. children on bikes, I bet they really enjoyed the whole day.

14 Sep, 2015


Sounds very interesting. Eight kinds of bat in one place must be quite unusual - passes the info on to son who is v interested in bats.

14 Sep, 2015


We were in the cave just over an hour Ff. it's said that Robin Hood used the cave to rest whilst hiding from the Sherrif of Nottingham. It's only 4 miles from the Major oak in Sherwood Forest.
I don't know what type of bats there are Stera. But there must be dozens of them.

14 Sep, 2015


I've seen this place on the telly, but I can't remember ever going there as a child. Looks like a great day out. Next time, you and T can take your bikes too! Then you won't be holding things up ;)

14 Sep, 2015


What a wonderful place Homebird you can see the kids enjoyed them selves .

You ll have to take the grand kids here next time there is a large waterfall in the cove which I have climbed. The wooded eaterfall picture is just over the little road from the cove is where the water babies book was written of. Malam Cove was created by the ice age.


14 Sep, 2015


What good grandparents you are, well done it looks like everyone had a fun day...

26 Sep, 2015


It was a lovely week with them and luckily the weather was good to us. We found somewhere diferent to visit each day and not too far away. The cave visit was quite educational for them (and me). They put together a folder with photos, information leaflets and tickets etc from the diferent places to show to their Mum and Dad when they went home. They loved doing that.

27 Sep, 2015


3d, thankyou. I've looked it up and it looks a great place to visit. We will be putting that on the agenda for the October half term probably, weather permitting.

27 Sep, 2015


Karen, we wouldn't want to get round too quickly, better to let them dash back and forth and burn off some

27 Sep, 2015

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