I can’t tell you how dark that pitch black is. Not many people will have truly experienced the surreal darkness of total pitch black.  You can when you go caving and turn off your headlight. We’ve just done that with some adventure caving at Bagshawe Cavern in the Peak District. 

While Bagshawe Cavern is classed as a beginners cave, it’s wet, muddy and exhausting, especially when you are fat and 50. It’s a step up in fitness levels from our first caving experience at Giant’s Hole. Originally called Mulespinner mine and discovered by lead miners in 1806, the 102 steps down into Bagshawe Cavern has some romantically named places to explore including the Elephant’s Throat, the Dungeon, Chandler’s Pot , the Hippodrome and the Grotto of Paradise  to squeeze, scramble, crawl and crouch through. We can still feel every one of those crawls days after as the bruises and aches on our bodies can testify.

You can’t see an awful lot with your helmet light on, it lights only a small area. I’ve had to ramp up the brightness in the video so you can see some of the squeezes from our few hours underground.

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Nick Cook. Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it.

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