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Old 03-18-2017, 09:49 PM   #1
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Mar 19th, 2017: Rabbit Hole

Near the Shropshire village of Albrighton, what looks just like a rabbit's hole, leads to a cave.

Nobody knows exactly when the cave was dug, but it is thought around 700 years ago, although some
believe it was much later, in the 17th century. The supporters of the earlier date believe it was dug by the
Knights Templar who were active from 1119 to the start of the 1300s, the exact dates are disputed.

It was reportedly also once used by followers of a black magic cult. Thatís not surprising since the Templars
have been gone for 700 years, itís probably been used for all kinds of interesting activities.

What I donít understand is if this cave is less than a metre(40 inches) underground, and been around for
any length of time, why hasnít it been trashed, turned into a tourist attraction, or a national landmark?

Everything is interesting... look closer.
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:26 AM   #2
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Good question- no idea. There are quite a few caves that are tourist attractions and where you can get a guided tour
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:28 AM   #3
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Here are some possible contenders for why not: The risks of underinformed public servants... The risks of massive tourism (which is why the twice-as-old cave found recently is now airlocked and accessible only to small groups of scientists for short times) Also risks from massive tourism (the WNS fungus has been proven to have spread in some areas due to cavers not disinfecting their gear properly)
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:30 AM   #4
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As someone not really okay with heights or tight spaces, I'm perfectly happy to do my spelunking vicariously online. I can see the attraction for folks who feel differently
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:01 AM   #5
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A slightly different take I read last week on Amusing Planet:
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:23 AM   #6
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Nice DJ.
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