One of the interesting and scariest trips that you can experience while roving around in England, is taking a detour in the mysterious and deepest caves of Chislehurst.
Located in the southeastern part of London, England, Chislehurst Caves is a man made labyrinth of more than six hectares situated below the woodlands. Each tunnel in the cave holds the rich history of Druids, Romans and Saxons. It serves as a shelter for refugees during World War 2. And today, the cave has become a popular attraction not only to locals but also to foreigners.
Just like any typical cave, it is filled with darkness and mystery. So if you are feeling courageous and want to test your fear level, Chislehurst Caves is the right travel challenge for you.
But before you unearth the mysteries and the dark secrets of the caves, here are some amazing things that you need to know and that would help you have the most exciting and thrilling cave experience:
There is total darkness.
Since caves are enclosed areas, except that there is total darkness on some parts of the cave. Travellers should carry a lamp before going inside. Torches are also allowed. However, only experienced tour guides are allowed to carry them. Improper handling of the torch can be quite painful when inadvertently shine in people’s eyes.
It’s a bit chilly.
There is 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature inside the cave all year round. So it is a bit chilly during the summer and warmer during winter. So you might want to wear appropriate attire when you decided to take the cave tour. The inside has also a rough floor so visitors are advised to wear proper foot attire. Avoid stilettos or any other high heeled shoes that will give you difficulty in walking.
It’s a mysterious maze.
Even though it is a man-made labyrinth, there are still other undiscovered caves inside. That is why, travellers are not allowed to enter without a guide. Tour guides here are well-experienced and they know the place very well. So travellers are always advised to follow their tour guides and avoid going anywhere. There has been no reported lost here, so don’t be the first one.
It’s reputably haunted.
Chislehurst Caves is not for the faint-hearted. It has a rich history of smuggling and murder during the Victorian era of Druids, Romans and Saxons. So expect tour guides to tell haunted stories every time.
Actually, these haunted stories may have the tendency to be true. Some visitors, even tour guides, claim to have heard or experienced some unusual activity or presence while inside the cave. Real or not, you can’t expect a totally dark and chilly cave to not have a little mystery and hauntedness. Just don’t let this affect you in discovering the mysteries inside.
It is a very long labyrinth.
Chislehurst Caves is a 22 miles (35km) series of tunnels and passageways. The walk tour inside lasts approximately forty five to fifty minutes. There are no bathrooms inside, but there are areas where your tour group can take a rest for some minutes.
If you are looking for a unique way to spend a holiday vacation or thinking of an unusual family or friend trip, discovering the caves of Chislehurst might be the one you are looking for. So pack up. The dark Chislehurst caves are waiting for you.
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