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Creswell Crags, Worksop

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Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge on the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, England, near the villages of Creswell and Whitwell. The cliffs in the ravine contain several caves that were occupied during the last ice age, between around 43,000 and 10,000 years ago. Its caves contain the northernmost cave art in Europe.The caves contain occupation layers with evidence of flint tools from the Mousterian, proto-Solutrean, Creswellian and Maglemosian cultures. They were seasonally occupied by nomadic groups of people during the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods. Evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, Roman and post-medieval activity has also been found there. There is evidence of Neanderthal occupation 50,000–60,000 years ago, a brief Gravettian occupation around 32,000 years ago and use of all the main caves during the Magdalenian around 14,000 years ago. The site is open to the public and has a visitor centre with a small museum of objects associated with the caves, including a stuffed cave hyena.
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  • I may have written reviews before about this place before, but after visiting again today I felt I had to say how truly special it is. We took three kids on a pretty wet, cold and miserable afternoon-...  more »
  • Visited this area today, it was cold, miserable, damp... so what??? That didn't matter at all... we were so intrigued that the cold didn't matter! A clearly defined walk way suitable for all abilities...  more »
  • Fantastic walk with views of caves which were the homes of ancestors. After my very enjoyable walk, had a cuppa and cake in the atmospheric cafe overlooking this beautiful place.