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Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines

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Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines
Coleford, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JR

Clearwell Caves is a working mining museum, illustrating mining in the caves dating back for thousands of years.

Admission: 2011: £6.00 adults, ?4.00 children, 5.40 concessions

How to get here from Brian Cox Motor Engineering:

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Road: Follow Bromley Road out of Ellwood, which then becomes Ellwood Road. Turn left into Parkend Walk and continue into Sling as it becomes Milestone Walk. At the end, turn right into Perrygrove Road (B4428) and then left onto The Rocks. Then turn right into Lambsquay Road, and the caves are on the right. +

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General Directions to get to this location.

Filming locations still to be verified/photographed:

The Christmas InvasionScreen Shot
Filmed: 10-13,15 Aug 2005
Caves

The Christmas InvasionScreen Shot
Filmed: 10-13,15 Aug 2005
Caves

The Christmas InvasionScreen Shot
Filmed: 10-13,15 Aug 2005
Caves

The Satan PitScreen Shot
Filmed: 10 Mar 2006
Caves

Other nearby locations:

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Puzzlewood (Flesh and Stone, Cold Blood, The Big Bang, The Time of The Doctor). Road: Head north on Lambsquay Road, then turn left onto the B4228 (Perrygrove Road); follow the signs to the woods. Parking Free parking at the site

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Brian Cox Motor Engineering (The Christmas Invasion). Road: Turn left out of the caves onto Lambsquay Road, then turn left into The Rocks. At the end of the road, turn right onto the B4228 (Perrygrove Road) and then left onto Milestone Walk. Continue as this becomes Parkend Walk, and then turn right towards Ellwood on Ellwood Road. Continue on until this becomes Bromley Road.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Beechenhurst (The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe): 3.35 miles.

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Troy House (Day of the Moon): 4.63 miles.

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St Mary's Street (The Unquiet Dead): 5.12 miles.

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Beaufort Arms Court (The Unquiet Dead): 5.16 miles.

Filming Reports:

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BBC Wales Doctor Who Location Guide - Filming for The Christmas Invasion; the next photo show how the cave looks normally.

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7 Aug 2009: Album: Mark Newton - Photos of the setup for Flesh and Stone

Production Notes:

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4 Aug 2009: Note on website during filming: Clearwell Caves website - Please be aware that from Tuesday 28th July until next week, the BBC are filming here for the new Dr Who series. Visitors are welcome, but areas through the Caves will be altered with scenery for the filming. We apologise to visitors for any disruption during this period and we will be completely back to normal by Monday 10th August.

In the News:

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Western Daily Press - Discussion of Clearwell Caves as Vesuvius in Doctor Who

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23 Jul 2009: This is Gloucester - "Doctor Who Matt Smith heading to Gloucestershire" (details of filming at the caves, Puzzlewood, surrounding area)

Further links about the location:

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Clearwell Caves website

Related Stories

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The Christmas Invasion [10-13,15 Aug 2005]: Inside the Sycorax spaceship.

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The Satan Pit [10 Mar 2006]: At the bottom of the pit ...

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The Fires of Pompeii [28 Sep 2007]: Inside Vesuvius

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The Time of Angels [3-8 Aug 2009]: The Maze of the Dead

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Flesh and Stone [6-7 Aug 2009]: The Maze of the Dead

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