Caves at The Hermitage near Bridgnorth

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Comments (19)

pedrocut on December 4, 2008

The Hermitage is a series of caves cut into soft red sandstone.This sand was formed during the Permian era, when Shropshire was around 25° north of the equator and conditions were very similar to the present day Sahara desert.

joyfotos on March 26, 2009

Beautiful rock formation, gorgeous greens and great lighting.

Can you tell I am waiting with baited breath for summer to come. Maybe not a good idea either as it seems to never want to come here.


pedrocut on March 27, 2009

Thank you J

We are lucky in the UK that we have such a lot of geological interest in such a relatively small geographical area. To think the strata of these sandstone rocks were formed about 300 million years ago in a position 25 deg N of the equator is quite something.

But please tell me in which part of the old US of A is it that summer never wants to come?

Best Wishes Peter

joyfotos on March 27, 2009

Peter Yes, I noticed your comment about the rocks history and enjoyed learning a bit more about your country. It is fantastic indeed the wonders the earth holds for us.

Wisconsin - in the middle of the country and about 5 or 6 hours drive south of Canada. Everyone else around - even in Canada - keep posting photos of bits of bright flowers and green. Here it is still brown and cold. We had a teaser day a week or so back of near 70 but now it keeps blowing snow. Cheered me a bit to hear Mike say it is blowing and cold in the UK - at least I do not feel so all alone!

Thanks for your visit & greetings from chilly Wisconsin.


pedrocut on March 27, 2009

Thanks JF,

I am ashamed to say that I new very little about Wisconsin, and thought the capitol was Milwaukee!

And now, even worse, I learn that although Happy Days was set there, the actual filming was not done there!

But now I will take particular interest in the State. And the first thing that I have found is that you have unpredictable seasons!

Regards, Peter

joyfotos on March 27, 2009

Don't feel ashamed at all - I probably know even less about the geography of the UK and I have read books by English authors for years.

Yes, you are right about the unpredictable seasons. Spring always to take a long time to come here and then may be a very short season, moving right into summer, as soon as it does come. But then I grew up in North Carolina where we usually had a nice long beautiful spring.

I welcome your interest and will try to answer any questions that I can.


pedrocut on April 6, 2009

The danger of the caves can be seen by the sad recent story,See BBC site

joyfotos on April 6, 2009

Thanks for the link. It was a sad story - we have the same thing happen here from time to time. In the St Paul area many small cave openings have been cemented over to prevent this type of thing from happening.

How are you today? I am on and off a few minutes here and there as I have time.


pedrocut on April 6, 2009


Back to rain today after a beautiful day yesterday, are you still waiting for Spring?

Regards Peter

joyfotos on April 6, 2009

Hi Pedro,

Yes we are still waiting but at least the weather is supposed to be warmer this week so maybe there is hope for green yet! At least there is sunshine today.


pedrocut on April 11, 2009
Margrit M. Berger (S… on April 14, 2009

Peter, I like your gallery! Many interesting views of a part of England I haven't seen much of. I am interested too in geological sites. Thank you for the information to the caves. There are many caves also in the mountains of my country. Regards, May

pedrocut on April 15, 2009

Thank you May,

It is interesting that evidence of effects of the catastrophic events that formed your mountains, when the African and European plates collided, can be seen in Britain in many places. I think that the rocks here are to young to show this, but the event caused a dome in what we call the Peak District and so provides us with such lovely countryside as shown here.

Regards, Peter

joyfotos on April 15, 2009

Peter, thanks for the links to the info on the geology of the caves and your dome photo. Perhaps the same conditions prevailed in parts of the US. In the area around the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior they have the same type of sandstone.


pedrocut on April 16, 2009


Thanks for the mention of the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior, it seems a lovely place to see. It appears the sandstones there are much older than the Hermitage and if anyone is interested here is a link to the geology.

Thanks again Peter

joyfotos on April 16, 2009

Glad I could be of help. If I ever get my slides converted I have some photos from there - if they are still usable. Or maybe if my life ever gets less hectic I could get back there sometime to photograph. Meanwhile you will have to check them out online.


©junebug on February 1, 2011

Very beautiful rock formation and lovely picture, Peter! I like it very much! The rock looks a lot like the ones around here! Best wishes, Anne

valles mendocinos on February 13, 2011

Excepcional fotooooo,me encantooo

pedrocut on February 13, 2011

Thank you valles for your visit, I will look to your gallery shortly.

Best wishes from England, Peter

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