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UK Trip Day 19 part 3
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This was a rather eventful day. The tiny village of Wookey Hole is famous for the Caves.



The entry to Wookey Hole Cave, from the walk to the entry. The River Axe flows from here after disappearing into the ground in the Mendip Hills.
Wookey Hole Cave

One of the many public footpaths that cross England. This one crosses the caves grounds from Wookey Hole to the next village.
Wookey Hole Cave

Wookey Hole Cave

Inside the caves
Wookey Hole Cave

Wookey Hole Cave

Wookey Hole Cave

Wookey Hole Cave

The underwater light in the centre of the photo is shining from the next cave, and points the way through to all the next caves that can only be reached by divers.
Wookey Hole Cave

Wookey Hole Cave

A sink hole to the Rive Axe and the caves below.
Wookey Hole Cave

Many cave have been reached by boring though the rock. Mostly they can only be reached by divers.
Wookey Hole Cave

CHEESE! Cave matured cheddar, maturing. The little wheel I bought at the shop was the best cheese I've ever had. It was like concentrated cheddar, dipped in Essence of Cheddar. Oh I wish I had more!
Wookey Hole Cave

Cave Spider (Link for the arachnophobes to avoid)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/battyden/8253284509/

Looking back to the exit gate from the path beside the mill leat (millstream). Some of the River Axe is diverted into the leat to power a mill
Wookey Hole Cave

Aaron contemplates the mill leat.
Wookey Hole Cave

"Hyena's Cave" in the cliff wall. The cave contained evidence of the first prehistoric occupation of the Mendip Hills.
Wookey Hole Cave

The River Axe, just before in vanishes into a culvert that takes it to the other side of Wookey Hole village.
Wookey Hole Cave

I did not take any photos of the giant wooden apes, the plastic Neanderthals, or the smilodons or fluro orange dinosaurs and green pterosaurs.

I did take photos of the vintage carnival displays inside the old mill. Next batch.
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I went to Wookie when I was about 12.
Your photos are beautiful reminders!

Yes, the cheese there is incredible.

Ahhh... the on-location filming site for Revenge of the Cybermen!, although with a name like that you'd think it involved Star Wars instead.

"Hyena's" Cave? How long has it had that name? Until recently I would have thought it odd, but then I've learned that due to trade in the 1600's many names came into the English language from as far away as India and Africa.

The cave was named as such when the first excavations were made in the late 1800s, and they found ice-age hyena bones there. They found rhinoceros bones too.

....?!?!!

Animals native to Africa found in the UK?? Heck

I know that the great Irish elk is believed to have lived at one point as far away as Russia, but African species out on the cold, remote UK isles?

Cool!

I tried some cave aged cheddar for the first time recently - may not have been as good as the stuff in your picture probably is, because it's just what my local supermarket has, but it did taste very good compared to normal cheddar. It was annoyingly crumbly though - if I'm putting it on bread I like to cut my cheese thin with a cheese-slice, and that doesn't work when it crumbles into pieces. Can't have everything I suppose!

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