A team of expert cavers have been enlisted to help hide a series of giant glow in the dark eggs as part of an innovative new Easter egg hunt at Cheddar Gorge and Caves.
Rocksport instructors Paul Ballantyne and George Rodwell rigged up a number of abseil ropes in order to secure the illuminated eggs throughout the Gough’s cave system which runs below the Mendip Hills in Somerset.
The multi-coloured eggs have been secreted at different subterranean landmarks in the showcaves which include; ‘The Fonts, The Chimney, The Workings, The Grand Staircase and Saint Paul’s Cathedral’.
“We wanted to provide a fun new trail for visitors to the caves over the Easter holidays,” said Rocksport Manager Paul Ballantyne.
“It actually proved to be quite a challenge to get some of the eggs into sections of the cave but the end result is really impressive. I’ve got a feeling extracting them from their hidey holes might be even trickier!” he added.
Gough’s Cave is 115 metres deep and nearly three-and-a-half kilometres long in total. In addition to its impressive rock formations it’s also the location for the Cheddar Yeo, the largest underground river system in Britain.
Between 1892 and 1898 Richard Cox Gough, who lived in Lion House in Cheddar, found, excavated and opened to the public further areas of the cave, up to Diamond Chamber, which is the end of the show cave today. Electric lighting was installed in the show caves in 1899.
Thomas Thynne, 5th Marquess of Bath, took over the caves at the beginning of the 20th century and it remains part of the Longleat Estate to this day.
The caves have a long connection with humans dating back over 10,000 years.
In 1903 the remains of a human male, since named Cheddar Man, were found a short distance inside Gough's Cave. He is Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, having been dated to approximately 7150 BCE.
Daily 10am - 5pm (Last entry 4.30pm)
Entrance to the trail is included included in the ticket price for Cheddar Gorge
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|Date (8 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017)|