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Creswell Crags

September 14, 2012

RecoThe limestone gorge and many caves at Creswell Crags are world-famous archaeological site with Britain’s only known Ice Age cave art .  The cave art is thought to date to about 13,000 years ago and provide a glimpse into the rich culture and fascinating life of the first inhabitants of Britain.  Stone tools and remains of animals provide evidence for a important story of life in Britain during the last Ice Age.   There is an excellent Creswell Crags website. Like so many places in Sherwood Forest, local folklore says that the large Robin Hood Cave was used by the Outlaw and his merry men.

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Creswell Crags walk 1  Leisurely – 4 miles (6.1km). Mostly on surfaced track/lane/pavement. Important Stone Age heritage site. Holbeck is a very attractive village with many listed buildings. Recommended

Creswell Crags walk 2  Moderate – 9.5 miles (15.2). Most of the walk is on tracks, but fields can be  muddy after heavy rain. Find out about the eccentric Duke of Portland and his buried coach roads before going. Recommended

Cuckney walk 4  Leisurely – 6 miles(9.6km) or with extension Moderate 9 miles(14.4km). Mostly on quiet roads and Welbeck Estate roads, just three fields. Takes you to Norton, Welbeck, Holbeck Woodhouse, High Holbeck and Cuckney. The second half is very good – look out for the white deer in the deer park. The extension adds Creswell Crags. Recommended

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