The UK is well known for its beautiful landscapes and quaint country villages, but did you know that there is a whole other world underneath the ground? Networks of natural caves and subterranean cold war bunkers hide beneath the rolling green fields, ready to be explored by those who know where to find them!
Gaping Gill – North Yorkshire
In the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside you will find a massive crater 400 meters above sea level along the slopes of Ingleborough. Here the waters of Fell Beck plunge through a gaping hole and fall 100 meters to the bottom of the largest cavern in Britain. This isn’t the easiest of caverns to reach; you have to be winched down to the bottom but that just makes the experience all the more exciting! The cavern is floodlight when the winch is in operation, giving an unprecedented view of this awe-inspiring subterranean scene to experienced cavers and novices alike. You can make a holiday of exploring the whole local area, culminating in your descent into Gaping Gill – view all of the great Sykes Cottages in North Yorkshire today and find a short break deal.
Wookey Hole Caves – Somerset
One of the best known underground wonderlands is Wookey Hole Cave, found near the town of Wells in Somerset. Formed through the erosion of the limestone hills by the River Axe, today the river runs through a series of large caves and caverns, offering visitors a truly unique experience. Wookey Hole is possibly best known for the legend of the Witch of Wookey Hole, a stalagmite in the first chamber of the caves that is the central character in a variety of legends. The cave has also been used in numerous televisions shows and movies, including the iconic Dr. Who where the cast are said to have had ghostly encounters in the cave!
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker – Essex
For something completely different, head back through history to the time of the cold war just by going through the front door of an unassuming bungalow in Essex. Once inside the house you will be treated to an astonishing sight, a 100 yard tunnel that leads you to a cold war bunker 38 metres underground. In its prime the bunker was capable of holding hundreds of civilian and military personnel, who would be tasked with organizing the survival of the population in the event of a nuclear strike. Upon its decommissioning in 1992 the bunker was privately bought and today serves as a museum explaining the history of the site and offers the opportunity to try on authentic military uniforms and gas masks! A bit strange maybe, but sure to be a good day out.
A holiday spent underground may not be the norm, but it’s sure to be fun! It also has the benefit of not being affected by rainy weather, something which must always be considered when travelling in the UK! Just pack your flashlight and put on your walking shoes and your ready for a subterranean adventure in England!
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