Last days of holidays are the worst. You are sort of excited to get home to your own comforts but it’s bittersweet to leave somewhere that you have created many memories at. Pinelodge Holidays Darwin Forest was exactly that place for us. A real treasure with so much going on and a truly cosy place to settle down in the evenings.
Checkout time is 10am at Darwin Forest. I had been super organised so that we could have a more relaxed start to our final day, cherish the last moments I suppose. We’d honestly had such a brilliant holiday there.
After eventually getting Elsa up, she typically slept most of the last morning and Hubby packed up the car with our belongings, we headed to check out. Checking out of Pinelodge Holidays Darwin Forest is really simple. You literally hand over the keys. In return they kindly gave us a pouch of mints. A really cute idea.
We decided to visit Poole’s Cavern for our very last adventure in the Peak District. From Darwin Forest, it took about 40 minutes to arrive at Poole’s Cavern. We aimed to arrive at the cavern for their opening time as it was a long journey home.
Poole’s Cavern opens during the summer time at 9:30am and closes at 5pm. A family of two adults and up to three children cost £28. Tours operate every twenty minutes.
We arrived a few minutes before they even opened. The tour guide hadn’t even arrived so we had about half an hour to explore the Exhibition and check out the scrumptious cakes in the cafe. The cafe menu was actually really extensive and very well priced!
Cavern tours are accompanied with a guide at all times so we had to wait for the tour guide to arrive. There was only two other families that went on the tour with us. Pushchairs and child buggies are allowed in the cave but there’s a handy little storage hut by the entrance to the cavern if you wish to use for personal belongings.
Poole’s Cavern is an ancient limestone cavern. They have an incredible variety of crystal Stalactites and Stalagmites to see. The girls were in absolute awe of it all. Our tour guide spoke very fast so it was hard to keep up with him, but he had extensive knowledge of the history.
The tour itself took about an hour with the opportunity to take photos and enjoy the scenery. It’s honestly spectacular down there and I’d highly recommend a visit. It’s not a full day attraction, however there is Go Ape and amazing woodland trails to follow to extend your stay a bit longer.
After our visit to Poole’s Cavern, we hopped in the car for a five hour journey to Wales. We had a trip to Bluestone organised. You can get a better feel for our trip to Poole’s Cavern in the video I filmed below. I hope you enjoy it!