Poole_cavBy Sara Jayne:  Eleven members had a very enjoyable day out to Poole’s Cavern in Buxton on 9 July 2014.  We had an early start – 8:30am – to avoid the swarms of schoolchildren scheduled later in the day, but getting the first tour meant we had the cave to ourselves, which was a lovely experience.  Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining.  He told us many stories, including the story of the most beautiful thing Mary Queen of Scots had ever seen, and he also shared with us that the 1666 date someone had carved in one part of the wall of the cave was (according to a school party) the last time England won the World Cup.

After the cave tour,  we had tea and coffee to ensure that the cafe was up to snuff (it was), and then planned out the rest of our day.  Having emerged to a glorious day outside, one carload decided to hike up to Solomon’s Temple through the Woodland Trail; another carload decided to enjoy a fine lunch at the Old Hall Hotel; the last carload strolled through the Pavilion Gardens and greenhouse before enjoying a light lunch there.

All in all, a lovely day out, with many thanks to Monica for her fabulous arrangements – especially the sunshine!  You can see more photos from the trip in the photo album.