Standing on the path you should be able to see the entrance to Thirst House Cave in the hillside above you.
The cave was initially excavated in the 1880s and 1890s by two local men, Micah Salt and Robert Milletts. Micah, and his son William, also excavated the entrance and the scree slope outside.
Pottery, coins, bronze jewellery, and a series of burials outside the cave entrance, showed that the cave had been used during the Roman period. The style of the objects suggest that the cave was occupied between 100-160CE, and at a later date between 240-280CE.
The presence of the burials with fine jewellery, and a natural spring nearby, could mean that the cave was used as some sort of shrine during this period.
The cave has been well known to local people for hundreds of years and it had entered into local folklore. The old name for cave was Hob Hurst House – named for an unpredictable goblin or elf who was supposed dwell there. Over time the name corrupted to ‘The Hurst House’, then ‘Th’hurst House, and finally Thirst House.
However, it took until the 1880s for the cave to be formally excavated, following a report by the Buxton Advertiser that two ‘boys’ named Millett and Hobson had gone down a hole in ‘Deep Dale Cave’ and had found a bear’s skull embedded in a piece of stalagmite which they had to break away.