Man-made sandstone caves

When you arrive at the site, you are greeted by an information sign, telling the history of the site, but you have to walk a little way up this overgrown track in order to see what the fuss in about:

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Here it is: A cave, partially made by nature and partially by humans, carved into the side of a sandstone cliff. These caves were the first home for two young couples, some years apart, in the first two decades of the 20th century. I can’t imagine it could have been comfortable to live there, especially in winter. The first couple lived there for 11 months, but the secon was there for four years and the woman gave birth to three children there during that time.
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Through the centuries people have left carved graffiti in the soft rock around the cave:
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Sheep seek shelter from the sun and from rain and wind inside the caves, which is fitting because they were originally used to house sheep.
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