Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole Caves are a series of limestone caverns, a show cave and tourist attraction in the village of Wookey Hole on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells in Somerset, England. The River Axe flows through the cave. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for both biological and geological reasons. Wookey Hole cave is a “solutional cave”, one that is formed by a process of weathering in which the natural acid in groundwater dissolves the rocks. Some water originates as rain that flows into streams on impervious rocks on the plateau before sinking at the limestone boundary into cave systems such as Swildon’s Hole, Eastwater Cavern and St Cuthbert’s Swallet; the rest is rain that percolates directly through the limestone. The temperature in the caves is a constant 11 °C.

It is a pity they do not set the caves up so photographers can go there and take their time to take pictures. Everything is timed and rushed and you therefore have to asses the settings you need in quick time so you can follow your group throughout the tour.

Cheese is allowed to mature within the caves giving the Wookey Hole cheese it’s own lovely taste.

Links: http://www.wookey.co.uk/