Thursday, 16 September 2010
Days Out in Devon: Buckfastleigh Caves
Buckfastleigh Caves is a little known site that just qualifies as a visitor attraction because it's open very infrequently. On Wednesdays and Thursdays in August at 11am and 2pm, members of the William Pengelly Trust run guided tours for the public but also allow visits at other time by arrangement. I sneaked onto a tour given for Louis' Beaver Colony and was very pleased that I did so. Although not all the caves in the vicinity of the visitor's centre accessible to the public, the tour, through a quarry to Joint Mitnor Cave, is fascinating for adults and children alike. We were told about the geology of the site, quarrying in the area and the awesome animals who used to live in the vicinity of the cave - as evidenced by their bony remains!