the classic guide

A guide to the West Country from the people that know…

Hidden Nooks and Crannies

Tired of the beach? Take inspiration from Jules Verne and Indiana Jones. Map out your own 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Embark on a quest to delve deep into The South West's hidden nooks and crannies.

Hidden Nooks and Crannies

Tired of the beach? Take inspiration from Jules Verne and Indiana Jones. Map out your own 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Embark on a quest to delve deep into The South West's hidden nooks and crannies.

Winkle out ancient caves, mysterious 'fogous' and smugglers' hideouts. Rough, ready and open to the elements, or buried deep in the belly of the land; some are more under cover than others. Choose where you want to explore according to the weather and how adventurous you want to be.

Ancient Caves

Caverns and caves hold a primeval fascination. Poke about in these underground chambers and you'll unearth all manner of weird artefacts. The 'Cheddar Man', cannibal skeletons, witches and cheese are among the motley assortment of treasures you'll find among the mighty stalagmites.

Plan Your Amazing Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Kents Cavern

Beer Quarry Caves

Cheddar Caves and Gorge

Wookey Hole

Under cover rating: High. Snug underground. For budding Indianas, who like to keep their socks dry.

 

Fogou Hunting

Fogous ('foogoos') are curious manmade caves. No one's quite sure why they were built. Some archaeologists believe they were prehistoric temples where ancient religious rituals were held. Some say they were food stores. Have a bash at unravelling their secrets for yourself; find one to explore, look for clues and come up with your own theory.

Find a Fogou

Carn Euny

Halliggye Fogou

Under cover rating: Medium. Bring wellies and a torch.

 

Smugglers' Hideouts

Tales of smugglers, pirates and wreckers abound in the West Country. Take a look at the reality behind the stories. You won't find tour guides here. Or information plaques. Just rugged cliffs pocked with caves. Open to the elements, just as they were 200 years ago, when smugglers stashed barrels of rum and bails of tobacco away from the gaze of the customs and excise men. At Prussia, tram-marks are still visible where carts loaded with contraband were hauled across the rocks.

Discover Smugglers' Coves and Caves

Prussia Cove

Pisky Cove

Ness Cove

Under cover rating: Low. Exposed to the elements. For bold Indianas. (Or sunny days.)

 

More Nooks and Crannies to Explore

Geevor Tin Mine

Exeter Underground Passages

Tunnels Beaches Ilfracombe

King Edward Mine Museum

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