We spent a couple of enjoyable hours with our two girls and dog walking the fairly short distance from the car park up through the woodland to the petrifying well and the cave, stopped for a picnic and walked leisurely back near the river in this very picturesque setting. The cave and the petrifying well don't seem too overwhelming to us today, who are used to more high adrenaline, multi media type of attractions, but it feels like a pleasant step back in time, back into a more leisurely and quaint tourist world. The small cafe and the facilities are clean, the woodland walk, the river, the beautiful, somehow still unspoilt nature of this long-discovered tourist spot and the river setting of the car park, with the backdrop of the tiered, picturesque town in the background all add up to a lovely experience for a couple of hours of so. We decided not to go to the museum and shop, which are only a few minutes further. Our family of four spent £21, including a guide book and parking, we took a picnic, and we all felt that this was a pleasant experience, and well worth the money. If somebody expects spectacularly calcified items hanging in the petrifying well they might be disappointed, but what is there is interesting to see, and the recorded information is informative and gives a sense of history. I would definitely recommend this quaint and beautiful spot for an interesting little walk, but would suggest to visit a cafe on the opposite side of the river and enjoy the beautiful scenery that way. The rowing boats nearby also looked like good fun. The weather during our visit wasn't brilliant, but the damp made the green appear even more lush all around us and added to the slightly magical atmosphere. Worth a visit.
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