Pretty Derbyshire Village. Caverns and a Castle. Good base for walks/ sightseeing
Worth going just for the scenery
Built in 1176, this Norman castle is located on top of what is locally known as the "Devil's Arse". Being a very old castle, only the north wall and the keep have been restored. You need to climb up the hill and you will get excellent views across the valley.William Peverel is recorded as the Kepper of the castle. Sir Walter Scoot wrote the novel...more
As I was brought up in Castleton, I was often taken to this cavern on school outings which was great! ;)The cavern consists of several chambers and tunnels leading into the hillside. It was one of the first places to be mined for the semiprecious Blue John stone, which is present in the chambers of this cavern today. Although the first part is...more
Being a car nut - i revel in getting to the actual destinantion as well as being at the actual destinantion, the Snakes pass runs from Glossop and halway you turn right and drop down into Hope valley and Castleton, a lovely road but dangerous - see also warnings and dangers!!!more
We went on the Speedwell Cavern recently which Descend the 105 steps from the almost hidden cavern entrance to the landing stage of an underground canal where you step on to your tour guide's boat. From here you glide quietly through the workings of a 200 year old lead mine. Picture in your mind what it must have been like to carve out these...more
'The Church of Peak Castle'- dating back to the 12th century, its' history is closely linked with the nearby Pevril Castle.Of interest are the family box pews- (carved with the names of parishioners who worshipped here 300 years or more ago), a couple of bibles- including a Vinegar bible, and attractive stained glass windows.To be continued......more
Situated in the centre of Castleton, adjoining the car park, and near the bus stop.Visit here for upto date info on things to see and do in Castleton and surrounding areas. The staff are very helpful.As well as loads of free info leaflets etc, there are guide books, souvenirs, crafts, clothing, plus an exhibition of local interest.To be...more
Speedwell cavern can be a creepy place. You are required to put on a hard hat at the beginning of the tour. You then descend 105 steep steps to a boat. We were lucky to get there when it was not busy, so we didn't have to wait long. We had an excellent guide named Doug who used the acoustics of the cavern to his advantage. He told the interesting,...more
The shop and entrance to the Cavern is at the foot of the valley with the car-park opposite.The tour takes about 45 minutes to an hour and you get the chance to travel in a boat along the flooded tunnels and galleries.Each boat only takes around 20 people and at weekends and holiday periods the wait can get a little long and boring. There are only...more
West Lane, Castleton, YO21 2LY, gb
One of those all too rare warm sunny evenings, and I'd finished work early- so drove out to Castleton. After a bit of exploring, I ended up at this hostelery.Tempted by outside seating, I ordered a fruit juice and bag of nuts, and settled down at one of the vacant benches.Outside, the hanging basket flower displays was quite impressive.Inside, the...more
We popped on here on the off chance after walking around Castleton and spending a Sunday afternoon out there. The pub is a cosy affair that offers a lovely haven to tourists and walkers alike and you can sink into the big cosy chairs in front of a log fire if that is what you wish, we had a meal here and on a sign in the car park opposite it states...more
We Just liked the look of it from the outside so we went in and when our food arrived we were not dissapointed and the surroundings were very much olde world.the present building was built in 1660 by the Hall family, one of the villages most prominent benefactors. Their origins remain a mystery but we do know that they have lived in Castleton since...more
Without a doubt, this pub is the most active at night-time in Castleton! Very popular with the (mostly young) locals, the Peak has an extended licence, which means it is often open until 2am on most nights. Because of this, it is often the busiest pub in the village. Drinks prices are reasonable, and there are games machines to keep you occupied....more
Being a small village, you can imagine the nightlife in Castleton is not exactly wild! However, there are 6 pubs in total from which to choose from. The George pub is popular with locals, and offers a comfortable, relaxing and welcoming environment, and a friendly landlord who always seems to be at the bar making conversation! Unlike some of the...more
If you venture onto the hills surrounding Castleton, make sure you wrap up warm - even in summer as it can get bitterley cold
Luggage and bags:
A day sack for carrying camera, guide book etc.
Suitcase/rucksack if staying at one of the inns or Youth Hostel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking Boots- There's miles of countryside to explore.
Sturdy shoes for walking upto the castle, or down the caverns.
The weather can be variable- come prepared.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Usual small first Aid kit if walking.
Photo Equipment: Camera, and usual amount of film/digital gear.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No beach, but camping sites and plenty of outdoor activities on offer.
Shops in Castleton sell all kinds of walking, climbing and camping equipment.
coins for the Pay n Display car park.
maps/ guide books - The tourist Info office, and shops sell a good selection.
Favorite thing: It is NOT the most important sight in Castleton but nevertheless, a climb up the hill to the old castle ruin gives you nice views of the countryside...oh, and great excercise!