*How to get there*
Direct trains to Chislehurst station run from London Cannon Street, calling at London Bridge (train timetable for reference: http://www.traintime.co.uk/index.php?from=CST&to=CIT&datetime=201401261220).
I will be waiting at Chislehurst station from about 1:30. We can all meet there and walk down to the caves together a bit before 2.
Any latecomers can join us at the caves as long as you can reach us before 2:15. To get to the caves, turn left out of the station onto Station Approach and walk to the bottom of the road, then turn right by the pub (The Bickley) and Caveside Close is the next road on the right. The walk is no more than 5 minutes and there are signposts to direct you, but if you can't find us you can call me - my number for the day is 07594960356.
Please try to arrive on time as tours start promptly. In the (hopefully very unlikely) event that you miss the tour you can always join us for the pub social afterwards, from 3pm or so.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Hope to see you soon!
We don't seem to have many events taking place down in the south east, so I figured there was a gap in the market of sorts! :)
A bit about the caves...
Chislehurst Caves are a series of tunnels in Chislehurst, covering 22 miles. Today they are a tourist attraction, and despite being called caves they are entirely man-made, dug and used as chalk and flint mines. The earliest mention of the mines is around 1250 and they are last believed to have been worked in the 1830s. During the First World War they were used as an ammunition depot before being used for mushroom cultivation in the 1930s.
During the Second World War the caves were used as an air raid shelter. Within a short time, it became an underground city of some 15,000 inhabitants with electric lighting, a chapel and a hospital. Shortly after VE Day the shelter was officially closed. One baby, christened Rose Cavena Wakeman, was born in the caves.
Entrance to the caves is by guided tour, and tours last around 45 minutes. I have booked a private group tour but unfortunately tours can only accommodate 40 people, so spaces for this event will be limited. Our tour will start at 2:15 so we should be at the caves by 2pm. Payment is in cash or by card on the day.
There is a cafe at the caves or nearby pubs where we can eat and/or drink and socialise afterwards :)
Chislehurst Caves official website: http://www.chislehurst-caves.co.uk/