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A walk through Creswell Crags.

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It was a lovely sunny Sunday morning so we decided to take a walk to the nearby Crags. It’s only 10 -15 minutes walk away from home. It’s a limestone gorge where evidence of occupation by such groups as the Bronze and Iron Age people have been found in the caves in the towering cliffs. Their stone tools and animal remains, dating back 50,000 to 10,000 years ago, have been found. Evidence of animals such as Woolly Mammoths, Hyaenas, Bison, Reindeer and Woolly Rhinoceros. It is designated as a site of Special Scientific Interest.
The air was crisp as we walked but the sunshine was brilliant. As it was only 8.30ish and there were only a few walkers and a group of bird watchers out and about. We set off from the visitors centre through the wooded area towards the gorge…


Over the bridge..


Through the picnic area… it’s said that Robin Hood may have used these caves to hide from the Sheriff of Nottingham as the boundaries of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire run down the centre of the gorge.

Over to see the childrens new play area…

Then over to the entrance to the gorge…



We set off down the east side…

The cliffs are towering above us on this side and we pondered how, as children, we used to scramble in and out of the caves and crevices and climb up the ragged cliffs. What happened to the energy we had then…!!! You aren’t allowed to climb nowadays or enter the caves without a guide. Guided tours of the major caves are arranged on a regular basis. The cave entrances being sealed off with metal grids at other times.

At Creswell end of the lake, we cross over the river Wollen and the land drains that feed it, onto the west side and into the sun.

The first cave on this side is Church Hole Cave where drawings of animals and birds were found.

Then we come to Pinhole Cave..


Further along we come to the Arch and Robin Hood cave..


The sun is spilling into the gorge now and it looks lovely sparkling on the water..

We continue along the track where the old road used to run. I don’t know who suggested moving the road to the other side of the cliffs but they deserve a medal in my book as the gorg has become a naturally beautiful site now.

The last one is Mother Grundy’s cave where they found a human skull.


..and then we are back at the Whitwell end. On the ridge behind the caves towards Whitwell is a quarry where some years ago, while blasting, they opened a barrow containing the remains of 17 human beings.

And then it’s off back towards the visitor centre and home…

If you would like to read more about this, take a look at
http://www.digplanet.com/wiki/CreswellCrags

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Absolutly fascinating thanks x

17 Mar, 2014

 

I think it's a lovely place to visit especially with children. There is a museum and interactive screens in the visitors centre for them to see what life may have been like in the Crags thousands of years ago. A very nice coffee shop too....

17 Mar, 2014

 

Excellent walk I felt as if I was walking beside you.

Great blog.

17 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Scotkat. We should go more often really but don't think about it as it's so close.

17 Mar, 2014

amy
Amy
 

I envy you Hbird in having such a wonderful walk so close to your home it's made me want to set out straight away to find it , thanks for showing it's a must to go on my 'to do ' list :o)

17 Mar, 2014

 

lovely place...feels so free! great photos :-)

17 Mar, 2014

 

This place was on Countryfile recently...or some other TV prog. I was fascinated because I'd never been there, even though we lived fairly near it when I was a child. What a pity that entries to the caves are blocked. Totally understandable of course, but no more adventures for the local children. We had a lot more freedom in the 60s and 70s. We played outside all day, never ever in indoor play parks. We had our own little adventures...not like now when everything has to be structured and risk assessed! It has it's good and bad sides I guess. Fascinating place though, thank you for showing it! :)

17 Mar, 2014

 

What a lovely blog Homebird can't believe I've never been there either, its not far away, that'll have to be remedied soon :-)

17 Mar, 2014

 

Up with the lark , Hb .
You were well rewarded ; what a great way to start your Sunday .
What a place !

17 Mar, 2014

 

Now thats gone straight into my favs and also added to our Must Visit List, its does look a great place for a day out, enjoyed it very much H'bird, thanks for sharing........

17 Mar, 2014

 

What an interesting blog, Hb - thanks! That looks a lovely place for a walk - fascinating.

17 Mar, 2014

 

Hi Sheila, very nice blog, I agree with Karen, there's always someone to spoil the kids having fun, all in the name of health and safety, I bet you can't remember anyone getting killed or injured there, when you were a child, Derek.

17 Mar, 2014

 

What an incredible place. Steeped in history. Thanks for taking us with you :)

17 Mar, 2014

 

Well done Homebird,you described that history walk just wonderful. I suppose I am a bit of a dreamer. What a wonderful blog. Thank you.

18 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. I'm glad you found it interesting. If anyone is intending to visit the Major Oak it's only about half an hours drive from Edwinstowe, (That's where the Major Oak is) or Clumber Park about 15 minutes drive away, it's worth it to drop into here for a look around and into the visitors centre.

19 Mar, 2014

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