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Castleton
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Countryside and village - Castleton, with great views

1: Leave the car park at the bottom by a stream to walk between a group of houses before turning right at the end, then straight on over the main road.

2: As the main road bends to the right, continue straight on past the church and the village green to follow the road as it swings left. Soon after, take a footpath sign on the right between two cottages.

3: Follow the rocky path up steep-sided Cave Dale past Peveril Castle continuing in the same direction through several gates, eventually with a wall on the right as the walk begins to level out.

4: At an information board turn right through a metal gate stile and continue close to wall on the left to another stile leading into a large field. Cross the field diagonally to a stile by a gate to walk down a farm track for a short distance.

5: At the end of the farm track go over a stile and turn right along a wide walled lane and then right again at a lane junction to walk for about one mile to the B6061.

6: Follow the road round to the right towards Winnats Pass and just past Winnats Pass Farm on the left go through a stile and head back behind the farm buildings.

7: Take the path indicated by the sign in the centre of the field down to Blue John Cavern, continuing on to head down the hillside to Treak Cliff Cavern.

8: Take the concrete path to the right from the cavern, going through a gap in the rail signed ‘Winnats’ across the fields to Speedwell Cavern.

9: Just below the cavern, by the side of the road take the path beside a National Trust Sign. Then keep close to the wall on the left all the way back to Castleton. 10: On reaching Castleton take the first road on your right and walk to the entrance of Peak Cavern. On the return journey keep close to the wall on the right down to the bridge over Peaks Hole Water.

11: Cross the bridge and go left to follow the stream down to the main road, where the entrance to the car park you started from is straight in front of you.

HOW TO GET THERE: On A625 Sheffield to Chapel-en-le-Frith road.

WHERE TO MEET: Castleton Village Car Park on west side of village.

TERRAIN: Long rocky climb up Cave Dale which can be very wet underfoot after heavy rain. From then on fairly easy going but with some steep descents.

DISTANCE: 4.5 MILES

PARKING: YES

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