Buxton Country Park (Poole's Cavern)

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Buxton, England

Buxton Country Park (Poole's Cavern) Reviews

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Nice Park in Buxton Sep 08, 2012
I know it's slightly cheeky to review this separately from Poole's Cavern, but the park is free and the Cavern charges, and you can visit one and not the other.

Poole Cavern Country Park is a reasonably small country park with some pleasant, easy walks up the side of a hill to a folly. Follies are those useless towers that dot the British landscape, built by Victorians for a range of reasons (some of them were work creation so that workers didn’t starve in poor times – “here, I am so rich that I will give you chaps a job building me a fake temple” – some of them are so that the landowner could enjoy the view from his own mini castle, and some of them are just out of sheer contrariness). The park also includes Poole Cavern, which there is an entrance fee for, a little café (of course), and the remains of some old limekilns. Limekilns were used to heat limestone to turn it into lime, which was used in the building and agricultural industries.

The lime kilns are old enough where nature has taken its course, and the fractured hill top is now full of hawthorn trees and little flowers, picnicking families and happy dogs. The tower has a short flight of stairs – maybe the height of a normal staircase, and amazing views out over Buxton.

The path is easy – you could do it with a buggy or, in my case, frankly unsuitable shoes. Parking is £1.50 (September 2012).
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