Peak District Attractions and Places to Visit

Peak District Tourist Attractions near Castleton. The Peak District is a treasure trove of different sights and places to visit. There are numerous historic houses, old churches, dams and reservoirs, museums, theme parks and even castles.

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Visitor Attractions around Castleton

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 Blue John Mine


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The Castleton Caverns comprise The Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern, Speedwell Cavern (all clustered around the Winnats pass) and the great Peak Cavern, just outside Castleton village.

The Blue John Cavern is at the top of the hill above Winnats Pass and is reached from Castleton either by walking up the hillside or by going up Winnats Pass and turning down the old Mam Tor road (now closed between the Blue John Mine and Treak Cliff). The cavern is open all year but opening times are restricted in January and February. Like Treak Cliff, the mine is part natural, part mine-workings, and contains natural chambers, veins of Blue John, fossils and stalactites and stalagmites. It descends a long series of steps to reach a large chamber known as Crystalised Cavern, which is followed by Lord Mulgrave's Dining-Room and the Variegated Cavern, all of which contain fine formations and interesting minerals.
 

Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK132833


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How to get there

By Road:
take the minor road (formely A625) from Chapel-en-le-Frith which leads to the foot of Mam Tor, as does the B6061, which leaves the A623 at Sparrowpit. From Bakewell take the B6001 to Calver and Grindleford and continue to Hathersage, where you turn left onto the A6187 up Hope Valley to Castleton. Continue up the Winnats Pass, then turn right at the top and right again down a dead end when the road turns left. From Sheffield, take the A625 to Fox House, then continue to Castleton on the A6187, and then as for Bakewell.

By Bus: the 200 bus from Chapel-en-le-Frith goes to Castleton via the Winnats Pass - alight at Mam Tor. From Sheffield take the 272 bus to Castleton and walk from the village or pick up the 200 bus up Winnats Pass. From Bakewell, take the 173 bus to Tideswell or Litton and there pick up the 174 Baslow-Castleton bus.
When is it open?

Open everyday except December 25th, 26th and New Years Day. Summer - from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Winter - from 10.00am to dusk.


What does it cost?

Adult 9.00/ Child 4.50/ Concessions 7.00/ Family (2 adult + 2 children) 25

Party rates (Groups of 15 or more): Adults 7/ Seniors 6.50/ Children 4.

School Parties: Prices varies depending on age group of pupils so please contact for prices. 1 adult free per every 10 pupils in the group.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening

Website: http://www.bluejohn-cavern.co.uk

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 Peak Cavern

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The Castleton Caverns comprise The Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern, Speedwell Cavern (all clustered around the Winnats pass) and the great Peak Cavern, just outside Castleton village.

Peak Cavern is the only wholly natural cavern of the four and is the least commercialised. It is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster but now managed by the owners of Speedwell Cavern. It was known to locals as the Devil's Arse and the stream issuing from it as the Styx, which give some idea of the mixed feelings the local people had about this natural wonder.

The approach and entry are very impressive, taking you into an immense cleft in the rock below the crag on top of which sits Peveril Castle and into a wide and spacious cave entrance which was used by ropemakers until the middle years of the 20th century and once accommodated several small ropemakers' cottages, which were demolished in the early 20th century.

Beyond the entrance a narrow passage leads to a chamber called the Bell-House. Continuing on along the path (at one time visitors were taken by punt along this part) you reach a chamber called the Great Cave which is about 60m high and contains a passage in its roof which emerges near Peveril Castle.

At the far end of this chamber a passage leads through to Orchestral Chamber, where village maidens used to sing to distinguished visitors, such as Queen Victoria. Further on is Pluto's Dining Room and the Devil's Staircase and an area called the Five Arches, which is as far as the standard tour goes.

For potholers it is possible to go much further into the cave system, which extends for miles, and at selected times in winter the cavern is open to them.

Further reading: Underground Britain by Bruce Bedford, Collins/Willow; Caves of Derbyshire by Trevor D Ford and David D Gill, Dalesman Books.
 
Peak Cavern Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
Castleton - Peak Cavern entrance with Peveril castle above
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Castleton - the entrance to Peak Cavern
1 - Castleton - the entrance to Peak Cavern
Castleton - looking down from above Peak Cavern entrance
2 - Castleton - looking down from above Peak Cavern entrance

Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK148828


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How to get there

By Road:
from the A6 Manchester-Buxton road at Chapel-en-le-Frith branch off on the minor road (formerly A625) to Mam Tor, and from there take the steep narrow road down Winnats Pass to reach Castleton. Peak Cavern is on the right as you reach the village. From the A6 at Bakewell take the A622 to Calver and Grindleford, then fork left to follow the River Derwent to Hathersage, where you turn left again and follow the A6187 to Castleton. Peak Cavern is through the other side of the village. From Shefffield, take the A625 to Fox House, continue to Hathersage and then pick up the A6187 as above.

By Bus: the 200 bus from Chapel-en-le-Frith goes to Castleton via the Winnats Pass. From Sheffield take the 272 bus to Castleton. From Bakewell, take the 173 bus to Tideswell or Litton and there pick up the 174 Baslow-Castleton bus.

By Train: trains from Manchester to Sheffield stop at Hope Station, about 4km from the cavern. Either walk from there or pick up one of the buses mentioned.
When is it open?

April to October - every day, 10.00am to 5.00pm, November to March - weekends only 10.00am to 5.00pm. Last Tour is 45 mins before closing.
What does it cost?

Adult £8.75/ Child (5-15 years)£6.75/ Concessions £7.75/ Family (2 adults + 2 children) £27.50/ Additional Child £5.50. Combined tickets for Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern are available.

Party Rates: Primary School £3.60 per pupil/ Secondary School £4.25 per pupil/ Sixth Form £5.00 per pupil/ Teachers £6.50 (one free per 10 pupils)/ Adults £6.00. Minimum price for evening visits £250.

Joint tickets for Peak and Speedwell Caverns are available at a saving.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening

Website: http://www.peakcavern.co.uk/category/general/

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 Speedwell Cavern

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The Castleton Caverns comprise The Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern, Speedwell Cavern (all clustered around the Winnats pass) and the great Peak Cavern, just outside Castleton village.

Speedwell Cavern, at the very foot of Winnats Pass, is probably the most popular cavern of the four. This is a mine with several natural chambers and an underground canal which forms the centrepiece of the visit. The cavern is open daily all year.

Steps lead down from the entrance to the canal, which was hacked through the rock by miners in search of lead in the 1770s. The project was led by James Gilbert who was the Duke of Devonshire's agent for the Ecton Hill mines and made a fortune there, but at Speedwell eleven years of digging brought little reward before the venture closed. The water in the canal has already followed a tortuous underground passage from Perryfoot, near Sparrowpit, and eventually emerges at Russet Well, just near the entrance to Peak Cavern.

At the end of the canal is the Bottomless Pit, a large water-filled hole. This huge natural cavern is so high you cannot see the top and is so deep that when the canal was dug many tons of waste rock were tipped into it without making any visible impression upon it.


 
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Winnats Pass
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Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK142828


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How to get there

By Road:
from the A6 Manchester-Buxton road at Chapel-en-le-Frith branch off on the minor road (formerly A625) to Mam Tor, and from there take the steep narrow road down Winnats Pass to reach Castleton. Speedwell Cavern is at the foot of Winnats Pass. From the A6 at Bakewell take the B6001 to Calver and Grindleford, then fork left to follow the River Derwent to Hathersage, where you turn left again and follow the A6187 to Castleton. Speedwell Cavern is through the other side of the village and a short walk is necessary. From Sheffield, take the A621 to Fox House, continue to Hathersage and then pick up the A6013 as above.

By Bus: the 200 bus from Chapel-en-le-Frith goes to Castleton via the Winnats Pass. From Sheffield take the 272 bus to Castleton and walk from the village. From Bakewell, take the 173 bus to Tideswell or Litton and there pick up the 174 Baslow-Castleton bus.
When is it open?

April to October open from 10.00am to 5.00pm, and November to March open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Closed on Xmas Day. Last Tour is 1 hour before closing time.
What does it cost?

Adult £9.25/ Child (5-15yrs) £7.25/ concessions £8.25/ Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £31.00 (Additional child £7.00). Combined tickets are available for Speedwell and Peak Caverns

Party rates: Primary School £4.25 per pupil/ Secondary School £5.00 per pupil/ Sixth Form £6.00 per pupil/ Teachers same rate as pupils, 1 free per 10 pupils/ Other Adults £7.00. Minimum price for evening visits £250.

Joint tickets for Peak and Speedwell Caverns are available at a saving.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening

Website: http://speedwellcavern.co.uk/category/general/

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 Treak Cliff Cavern


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The Castleton Caverns comprise The Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern, Speedwell Cavern (all clustered around the Winnats pass) and the great Peak Cavern, just outside Castleton village.

Treak Cliff cavern is higher up the old Mam Tor road and contains a range of nice stalactite and stalagmite formations. It is open all year. The cave was originally a mine, dug mainly to mine Blue John, which is still mined here. The initial sections of the cave pass through the old mine workings and veins of Blue John (which is a fluorspar discoloured by blue and yellow impurities, much used for jewellery) can clearly be seen in the walls. In 1926 the miners broke through into natural caverns beyond, and these have some fine natural formations, which have been christened by names such as the Frozen Waterfall and Alladin's Cave.


 

Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK137832


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How to get there

By Road:
from the A6 Manchester-Buxton road at Chapel-en-le-Frith branch off on the minor road (formerly A625) to Mam Tor, and from there take the steep narrow road down Winnats Pass to reach Castleton. Treak Cliff Cavern is on the left as you reach the major road at the foot of Winnats Pass. From the A6 at Bakewell take the B6001 to Calver and Grindleford, then fork left to follow the River Derwent to Hathersage, where you turn left again and follow the A6187 to Castleton. Treak Cliff Cavern is 1km out through the other side of the village. From Shefffield, take the A621 to Fox House, continue to Hathersage and then pick up the A6187 as above.

By Bus: the 200 bus from Chapel-en-le-Frith goes to Castleton via the Winnats Pass - alight at the foot of the pass. From Sheffield take the 272 bus to Castleton and walk from the village. From Bakewell, take the 173 bus to Tideswell or Litton and there pick up the 174 Baslow-Castleton bus.
When is it open?

Open daily from March to September 10.00am to 4.15pm.


What does it cost?

Adult 8.75/ Child 4.75/ Family Ticket 25.00/ Concession 7.75

For Group Rates please call 01433 620571.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening

Website: http://www.bluejohnstone.com

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