Caving in the glorious Peak District has been hailed as one of the world’s best adventures in a top new travel guide.
The Lonely Planet handbook urges folk to “channel your inner goblin, get over your boulder choke and dive deep under the Peak District into a mythical world”.
Caving in the area is one of six British experiences to feature in the book, which highlights other world-class adventures including tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda and diving with sharks in South Africa.
The Peak District is home to a number of spectacular and well-known caves including Speedwell Cavern in Castleton.
David James, chief executive of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire, the region’s official tourist board, said: “We’re not surprised, but are obviously delighted, that caving in the Peak District has been named one of the world’s great adventures –the area is one of the best places in Britain, if not the globe, in which to enjoy the great outdoors.
“This confirms what we’ve always known: the Peak District is a fabulous place to enjoy a great escape – for everyone from the everyday visitor who wants to enjoy a relaxing walk or traffic-free cycle route amid beautiful countryside to others who like to take part in a range of outdoor activities that push them to the limit, everything from abseiling and paragliding to climbing and caving.”
Iain Jennings, of Hathersage-based Peak Activities Ltd, which organises caving trips, added: “We meet a lot of people from all over the world who want to come to this part of Derbyshire and explore the area’s underground hidden gems.”