Crowborough Caves


Useful Information

Location: Crowborough
Open: nobody knows [2006]
Fee: free [2006]
Classification: SmileVirtual Cave
Light: bring torch
Dimension:  
Guided tours:  
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
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Address: Crowborough Caves, Crowborough, East Sussex
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History


Description

The Crowborough Caves are public caves, although they are not open to the public. They are a sort of Blair Witch of the underground, having a website, a video, and being published, while nobody ever has seen them. The urban legend about the caves tells they were lost many years ago, probably in the 1960s and have been rediscovered lately. The late Mr William Chipton and others have campaigned for many years for the re-opening of the caves. Still, there is no result so far. At the moment the most exact description goes like this: "...sources indicate that the caves were far-reaching in the nineteenth century, but their current state is hard to evaluate".

Crowborough Caves have a website, a twitter page, are listed on tripadvisor and on various other pages. There is never a location and all the pictures are from other caves or subterranea. Some say they are abandoned quarries, which would actually make sense, others say they are karst caves, lava tubes, or even painted caves. They have been dated to be 100,000 years old with carbon dating and were used as an ammo dump during World War II.

The caves are a hoax, but we think it is pretty funny too.