Cafe sights in Forest Of Dean
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To explore one of the oldest professions of the residents of the Forest of Dean, descend into a damp subterranean world, mined for iron ore for more than 4000 years, and comprising a warren of dimly lit passageways, caverns and pools – home to several species of bat. Scattered throughout are descriptions of child labour in the mines in the 19th century, with billy-boys as young as seven working 10-hour days. Ye olde miner gear is on display – a nelly (tallow candle) and billy (backpack) for transporting ore. Deep-level caving can be arranged for small groups. The caves are signposted off the B4228 a mile south of Coleford.