Castleton, Home of peak cavern and Mam Tor


One obvious reason to come to Castleton is to walk around its sumptuous scenery.Although manyCastletonvisitors will be experienced walkers and perhaps even know all about the intricate routes in Castleton, here a couple of excellent routes for Castleton first-timers to follow.

A short, introductory walk lasting around an hour is the perfect way to take in a number of the Castletonsights, familiarise yourself with the surroundings and get a feel for how special Castleton is. Please note, that this walkclimbs steeply andcovers some quite rough ground.

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The walk starts at the top of Castleton village square and follows the path towards Cave Dale, which is a narrow one. From Cave Dale, you will seePeverilCastletowering above you, and enjoy the limestone valley’s spectacular appearance.

If you carry on along that route, the dale begins to level outuntil you come to wall, compete with gate and stile. By doubling back on yourself from this point along a faded track, you will walk across the top edge of Cave Dale which will take you straight towardsPeverilCastle

By carrying on along the top edge of Cave Dale, you will eventually find yourself at a point oppositePeverilCastle. The drawbridge that was once the imposing entrance may no longer be here, but the castle is still an overwhelmingly fascinating presence. The large mouth of Peak Cavern is right next to you, not to mention a fantastic view down on Castleton itself. A word of advice – although it may be tempting tocrossthe fence to get a better view, it is very dangerous due to the steep and slimy ground.

From here,turn left and follow the fence downwards as you travel along some rather steep ground.There is a path to your left which takes you off the moor and descends to Goosehill, which in turn leads you along a paved road and back to Castleton village square.

A second walk to undertake is slightly longer, lasting around three hours at a leisurely pace. Again, it starts in Castleton village and travels up Winnats Pass and on to Mam Tor before returning back to the square.

Head towards Peak Cavern on the narrow lane from Castleton village square and cross Peakshole Water. Don’t turn left towards the caver, but instead continue directly up Goosehill.

Carry on up the road (even when the tarmac runs out) and follow the path, which itself follows a wall on the top edge of the fields. You will be find yourself just below the entrance to Speedwell Cavern.

This is one of Castleton’sbusy, but by following it along you will travel up the breathtaking chasm of Winnats Pass.It is not necessary to walk along the road itself because there is a wide verge.

The verge narrows as you get closer to the path. At this point, go through the stile in the wall on the right, which takes you past Winnats Head Farm. By walking west, you willmeet the B6061 road at the top.

Continue directly across that road, where you will come to another footpath. By turning right, you meet the A625 road, which is the road at the foot of Mam Tor, which will be reached with a short, paved walk in the same direction.

The viewof Castleton from Mam Torisglorious, with all of Hope Valley laid out before you and Edale Valley and Kinder Scout to the north.To fond your way back to Castleton square, maintainalong the path which crosses Mam Tor andhead towards the ridge north-eastwards to Hollins Cross, where the path from Edale to Castleton crosses the ridge.Turn right and follow the path down, which reaches first anold sunken pathand eventually a paved road which leads back to Castleton.

In Castleton, there are many other routes walkers can undertake, all of which will reveal the many wonders of Castleton. Hopefully yourstayin Castleton will belong enough to experience them.

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