Well you can’t get a more unusual group event! Above the Peak District National Park village of Hathersage sits the famous Stanage Edge – the daddy of gritstone crags with thousands of climbs and set in a stunning hilltop setting. Mid way along the edge there are some easily accessible natural caves with a unique history. They are known as the Robin Hood caves and, as the name suggests, they have a potential link to that famous character of old.
It is said that Robin Hood and his team used the caves as a hideout from the notorious Sherriff of Nottingham. We’ll never be sure on that one of course, but the local church in Hathersage is also said to house the grave of Robin’s side kick Little John and so we have various possible local links. The caves are a unique geological feature and, as Robin would have needed, they offer a stunning viewpoint out to the Hope Valley – it is great to relax in this stunning spot and imagine Robin and his men hiding out on those long nights.
Our Curry in the Cave experience isn’t just about geology though. As the name suggests, the caves also offer a great venue for a very unusual dining experience. In the village of Hathersage is the well respected Indian restaurant called Sangams and for this adventure we can arrange for a fine selection of delicious curries to be brought up to the caves. It makes a strange but delicious combo, but certainly not one Robin would have been able to enjoy!
The final link in the chain of this great adventure is the superb vertical adventures available at Stanage Edge. There are climbs for every ability level and even some that finish on the ledge where the caves sit. It is the perfect venue for a beginners climbing session and, once everyone has built up an appetite, we can tuck into the curry and watch the sun set over the distant hills. We can even make time for an abseil.
Just a final point, there is plenty of flexibility in this itinerary and so if groups just want to have a walk along the edge and enjoy a curry as a finale that is another great alternative.