Today, I took a trip to the middle of the Peak District in Derbyshire, near the ancient spring town of Buxton. My mission, the visit the Poole's Caverns located within the Poole's Cavern National Park.
"These caves where named after an infamous outlaw John Poole, who, rumour has it, used them as a hideout during the early years of the 15th century. For many years the existence of Poole was in doubt, but a recent stash of coins dating from the early 1400s found within the caves does tend to lend credence to the tales."
The caves themselves are about 2,000,000 years in the making and thanks to the ever changing local environment, they are constantly changing. The stalactites are hanging lower and the stalagmites rising taller day by day. The cavern was formed by a prehistoric, under water volcanic system that became flooded with water. The pressure of the water eroded the rocks. There is still an underwater river than flows through the cave system to this day.
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The caverns can be found at Poole's Cavern , Green Lane, Buxton, Derbyshire, England, SK17 9D.
As usual, here are a few of the snaps I took while I was down there. Click on the image for a larger and higher quality photograph.