Torchlight tours start at the St Clements Caves

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INTREPID locals can take part in a torchlight tour of St Clements Caves.

The Old Town attraction is holding the tours on Wednesday from 5pm.

And anyone brave enough to take part is promised an insight into the history of the caves, including their use as a military hospital for Wellington’s troops during the Napoleonic Wars and as an air-raid shelter in the Second World War.

Groups will be taken on a 45-minute exploration of the caves which cover a total area in excess of 5,000 square metres in the company of a guide whose flickering lantern will provide the only illumination.

Smugglers Adventure’s Trevor White said: “Without artificial light the caves take on a completely different feel.

“The darkness provides the perfect setting to experience what the caves must have been like throughout history.

“It lets your imagination run wild and definitely helps bring the myths, legends and ghost stories associated with them vividly to life.”

The tours, which are limited to 15 people per group, begin in the 45-metre long Monk’s Walk with its 23 pairs of arched candle niches.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and the tours are not suitable for the very young.

The cost of the Torchlight Tours is £5 for adults and £4 for children. To book tours please call 01424 422964.