Returning from a walking weekend around Edale, we called in here as one of our group knew of these caves and carved boulders, located on a hillside behind The Druid Inn (which now appears to have closed down).
They're not advertised anywhere, there is no mention of them in the local pub and they are entirely free and open to explore, which is a very refreshing change in these days of commerce and everything for profit. You would never know they were there unless someone told you (or you saw them on Trip Advisor!).
Apparently these caves and other sections of chiselled out rock were created by an eccentric Victorian vicar but I can't confirm that. When you see the thousands of chisel marks in the larger of the 'caves' you can't fail to be impressed by the amount of work that went into these semi-natural follies.
All of these follies can easily be explored within about fifteen minutes, which is why I say not worth a special trip. There are two or three caves, a 'water tank' and what might be a seat or two. One of the caves has a lintel over the tiny doorway and someone has put a doormat outside, which was quite amusing.
One of the other striking things was the number of spiders webs in the grass and other foliage around the caves. The larger of the caves (where you'll need to lie down and shimmy along to get all the way through) had a crevice with around half a dozen fairly large spider's egg sacs, which was a bit spooky.
One word of warning: our friend (an experienced outdoors type) told us that people often 'bivvy' (stop overnight) in one of the caves in particular, and may leave unpleasant things in the corner! Given that there's a forty foot vertical drop not far from the entrance you can sort of understand why.
Although The Druid Inn seems to be permanently closed, The Red Lion nearby has very good cask ales and friendly staff.
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