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Friday, 6 July, 2001, 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK
Bottoms up to Devil's attraction
Cave
The Devil was thought responsible for natural features
A controversial change of name at a Peak District attraction has led to a sharp increase in the number of visitors.

Peak Cavern at Castleton, Derbyshire, was given back its ancient name Devil's Arse in April to the annoyance of some local residents.

But the company which runs the cave says the change has led to an estimated 30% more visitors.

The move has helped the attraction offset the problems caused by the closure of large parts of the Peak District during the foot-and-mouth crisis.

Cave entrance
The cave entrance was inhabited
The cave's name is thought to have been changed from the original during more genteel times.

But many locals continued to call it Devil's Arse.

The name is thought to originate from a time when the Devil was blamed for created frightening and dramatic natural features.

That did not deter a community of rope makers occupying the entrance while they supplied the local lead mining industry.

Peak Cavern Ltd, which runs four local caves, changed the name back to revive the fortunes of the attraction.

'Some worries'

"We have had the odd elderly person who has written to complain," said director Jeremy Gosling.

"We have had the occasional school party where a teacher has made a comment.

"Not that they mind themselves, but because they are doing a project and if they have "Devil's Arse" all over it, parents might be worried.

"But the kids think it's absolutely fabulous," he said.

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