We know it’s pretty chilly right now across the Peak District but that shouldn’t stop us getting out and enjoying the outdoors and the beautiful rugged landscape that surrounds Buxton. One of the best loved walks locally is Buxton Country Park and Grin Low Woods beginning at the entrance to Poole’s Cavern – home to a two-million-year-old natural limestone cave, spectacularly lit for visitors to enjoy the unusual formations inside.
Whether you’re about your about to head for Solomon’s Temple or a gentle stroll with the dog in the woods, or you fancy getting away from the town centre for a light lunch for a change, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch at Café in the Cavern – one of Buxton’s best kept secrets.
We popped in last week and decided to fuel our tanks ahead of a walk to Sollers – with soup and a sausage, egg and mushroom bap. The soup was homemade mushroom; accompanied with a nice mug of tea. Because the café isn’t in the town centre, it’s perhaps easier to miss but the food here really is top notch. The view out of the café window of the various birds stopping by to eat their lunch (as well as the very friendly squirrels) makes a nice change – you can spot all sorts of birds too – Robins, various finches, blue tits, sparrows and more. The menu caters for Gluten Free which is great so all the baps can be ordered with GF bread if you prefer – some soups are GF too.
The children’s menu is also very handy with the smaller portions. And that all important winner, price, because the menu is hugely reasonable. Muddy boots and dogs are welcome and there’s treats for your four-legged friends at the café counter too. At just a 15 minute walk from the town centre, the stroll up here is really pleasant because you can go through the Pavilion Gardens en-route.
Whilst you’re here the small yet informative and interesting visitor centre is superb – and a great intro if you’re about to go inside the cavern itself. Don’t miss the packed gift shop – brilliant for unusual gifts for everyone. Café in the Cavern is worth popping into if you haven’t already and makes an ideal place for a group meet up too.
For more information about Poole’s Cavern & Buxton Country Park to go www.explorebuxton.co.uk/pooles-cavern-buxton-country-park/