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The three caves concealed beneath the northern crags of Beinn an Fhuarain are called after the remarkable number of animal bones discovered inside: northern lynx, dark-brown birth, Arctic fox and, more recently, the skull of a polar carry. About 4km south of Inchnadamph theres a car park and small-minded wooden sign for the caves. I followed the dramatic limestone hollow of Allt nan Uamh( Burn of the Caves ), extending a tumbling cascade and curious underground watercourse flowing out from beneath a limestone crag. Beyond here, the riverbed was almost dry. I resumed following it until the footpath forked and I took a right across the rocky bed and on to a steep narrow track that led to Creag nan Uamh( Crag of the Caves ). The caves themselves werent as dark and shadowy as I had expected, but a warm rusty colouring with impressive views of the mountains. I sat inside the largest for a while, “ve been thinking about” the many swine that would have found shelter here hundreds of years ago.
Bellirica Chapel and Holy Well, Hythe, Kent
Looking at the stone-walled builds of Manor Farm, in the hamlet of Court-at-Street beside the B2067, you wouldnt think this was somewhere of any particular significance. But on a slope behind the farm, accessed by a public footpath and the Saxon Shore Way, are the roofless remains of an old chapel, and the still-saturated soil of a formerly supremely holy well. This was a popular spot for pilgrims in the early 16 th century( before pilgrimages were vetoed by Henry VIII ). This was because of its linkage with
Elizabeth Barton, aka the Holy Maid of Kent, known for her divine prophecies until Henry had her executed and her chief placed on a spike at London Bridge. Go now with a silver pin in hand( gifting silver to liquid is an age-old tradition to thank it for sustaining us with life) and bend it as you make a wish, before offering it to the water. The little patch of country seems quite wild, surrounded by wizened age-old trees and with nettles and grass arise over the ruins. Phoebe Smith
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Some of the best locates for wildlife, habitats and geology in Britain are designated as national natural reserve and many are quite under the radar. “Thats one” I specially adoration. Straddling their own borders near Whitchurch in Shropshire and Wrexham in Wales lies one of the biggest developed bogs in Britain. Its an interesting place you could be in the
Canadian Shield or the wilds of Finland. Its a long way from any constructs; youll only hear fowls and high winds. It has incredibly varied wildlife, from pink-flowered cranberry to the sovereign dragonfly( Britains largest ), buzzards and Daubentons at-bats. I had a picnic here formerly and experienced something move under my cagoule; an adder reared up when I moved. Ben Le Blas