The Area around Castleton has an abundance of great walks which are suitable for most abilities. Situated deep in the Hope Valley in Derbyshire, the village is easily accessible. from both sides of the Pennines. This walk in a circular walk past the world famous caverns and mines, which are open to the public throughout the year. Blue John, Treakcliff, Speedwell and The Devils Arse (Peak Cavern) and Peveral Castle which looks over the town.
EASY WITH A GENTLE CLIMB
When out in farmland remember to keep your pet on a lead,and keep to the footpaths which are well defined and signposted.
Parking in the area can sometimes be at a premiun especially during the Peak seasons and weekends throughout the year. For these walks we will start at the main car park of S33 8WH.
IF ITS FULL THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER CAR PARKS NEAR BY.
From the main car park walk towards the main road and take a right walking past cavern No1 Peak cavern (devils arse), up towards Winnats Pass,and Mam Tor.
You will come to a junction in the road, keep to the right on the main road.In approximately 1/2 mile you will come to the second Cavern, know as Treakcliff on the left.
Continue along the road, which since the 1970’s has been closed from this point due to shale subsidence.
In 1 mile you will come to the world famous third Cavern, known as Blue John Mines in the shadow of The Shivering Mountain (Mam Tor).
After the mine you will come to a road junction take a straight left here upto the next junction where you go left again heading back towards the village via Winnats Pass .
The geology of this area is simply breathtaking.As you walk down Winnats Pass you are actually walking down between two ancient coral reefs, formed millions of years ago when this part of the world was near the equator.You can find fossils in the rock of shells and fish.
Keeping to the road walk down Winnats Pass for just over 1 mile. At the bottom you will find the fourth Cavern, known as Speedwell Cavern.
o get back to the village which you can now see,keep to the road and the car park is 1/2 mile away.