Mam Tor and Cave Dale from Castleton

A Castleton walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 11/08/16

Hollins Cross, Mam Tor and Cavedale are highlights of this Peak District walk from Castleton. The walk includes both Dark and White Peak scenery and generally follows well marked footpaths.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h20[?]
Distance Distance : 5.66mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 968ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 948ft
Highest point Highest point : 1539ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 614ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Castleton
Starting point Starting point : N 53.343983° / W 1.777508°
Download : GPX track

Description

(D/A) There is a large public car park (grid ref. SK 148829) in Castleton and after paying your dues, follow the main road in the direction of Hope. Where the main road turns sharp right continue north along Hollowford Road which leads gently upwards towards the Castleton ridge ahead. Reaching open country the path steepens. This is the only section of "hard work" and soon you have reached the top of the ridge at Hollins Cross.

(1) The ridge, which links Lose Hill with Mam Tor, is a popular place to promenade. The well-maintained path is easy going and offers excellent views south over the White Peak and to Edale and the Kinder Plateau in the north. With most of the climbing over, continue west along the ridge to the summit of Mam Tor. Notice the huge landslides here and at other places along the ridge. The most recent of these was of such magnitude that it severed the main A625 Castleton to Chapel-en-le-Frith road, which is still closed to traffic.

(2) Dropping down to the col at Mam Nick head down the path on your left which crosses fields and heads up towards the long abandoned spoil tips of Slitherstone Mine. You are now in the White Peak. At the major junction of paths turn east to reach the Limestone Way just short of Hazard Mine. Turning north follow the path down Cave Dale passing the remains of Peveril Castle high on your left to reach the village of Castleton and the end of the walk(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 1.47 - alt. mi 1.47 - Hollins Cross
2 : mi 2.47 - alt. mi 2.47 - Path on your left
D/A : mi 5.66 - alt. mi 5.66

Useful Information

Interesting walks containing both the White and Dark Peaks are limited to the areas where the Limestone and Gritstone meet. The following walk covers an area that has much to offer the walker including those of a less adventurous disposition. It is an ideal introduction for those making their first visit to the Peak District offering a taste of the two essential ingredients of the National Park.

The village of Castleton lies on the northern edge of the White Peak. With a good selection of pubs, cafes and shops it is a popular day trip destination from the surrounding towns and cities. In addition there are the "show" caves which also help attract visitors so an off peak period may be best time to make this walk.

It is possible to shorten the walk by descending Winnats Gorge - a wonderful section of limestone scenery. If you opt to take this route you can reduce road walking by looking for the path which leaves the road on the right shortly after passing the entrance to Speedwell Cavern. This takes you across the fields to reach Castleton near to the entrance to Peak Cavern.

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Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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Opinions and comments

Average

Number of opinions : 6
Description quality : 3.50/4
Routemap quality : 3.17/4
Walk interest : 3.50/4
Global average : 3.39/4

sukhcov
Walker
on Mon 18 Jun 2018 09:05:27 CEST : Re: Mam Tor and Cave Dale from Castleton

Date of walk : 18/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Vgood

Glynn
Walker
on Mon 11 Jun 2018 09:26:28 CEST : Re: Mam Tor and Cave Dale from Castleton

Date of walk : 11/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Bmrider
Walker
on Wed 28 Mar 2018 09:38:03 CEST : Re: Mam Tor and Cave Dale from Castleton

Date of walk : 28/03/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Recently walked Mam Tor, have done this walk before many years ago but not this route. Found this route much better and more scenic. Time taken 2hrs even with a dog!

Soggy75
Walker
on Mon 12 Mar 2018 09:40:19 CET : Re: Mam Tor and Cave Dale from Castleton

Date of walk : 11/03/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Easy to follow..good views..can walk in 2 hours if walking briskly

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