Local Activities

There are leaflets in the cottage and information is available at Castleton Tourist Information Office.

Walking

Nowhere else in Britain can match the variety of walking that the Peak can offer, ranging from tough moorland treks to gentle riverside strolls through leafy dales. There are 1,600 miles of public rights of way and 80 square miles of right to roam open access land. The opportunities for exploration are endless!

Views
Views

Walk to Peveril Castle
Walk to Peveril Castle

The trails, Tissington, High Peak, Monsal, Sett Valley, Longdendale and Manifold, all follow former railway lines converted for walking and riding. Guided walks are also available. There are too many walks and trails to mention them all, including The Pennine Way, High Peak Trail and the Limestone Way that starts in Castleton.

There are exhilarating walks with truly stunning scenery starting right from the cottage door.

Walk from village
Walk from village

Local walk
Local walk

Caverns

There are four spectacular caverns in Castleton, none of which is more than 10 minutes from the cottage and all of which are well worth a visit.

walk to Peak Cavern
walk to Peak Cavern

Peak Cavern
Peak Cavern

The Peak Cavern is also known as The Devil’s Arse!

It has the largest natural cave entrance within the British Isles. Its approach is awe inspiring, being a riverside walk in Castleton, past centuries old miners cottages, opening out into a spectacular limestone gorge. Before you are the dramatic 280 foot high cliffs with the ruins of Peveril Castle towering above.

Blue John Mine

World famous and home to 8 of the 14 known varieties of Blue John Stone, the mineral has been mined here for centuries and continues to be done so during the winter. There are caverns of stalactites and stalagmites.

Treak Cliff Cavern

Enter an ancient underground wonderland your guide will explain the workings of the mine and you will see The Pillar, which is the largest piece of Blue John ever found.

Speedwell Cavern

At the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, over looking Castleton you will find the deepest cave in Britain accessible to the public.  Down 105 steps to the boat which takes you through the long tunnel that opens up into caverns and underground rivers. At the end is a truly spectacular cathedral like cavern containing the awesome bottomless pit – a huge subterranean lake.

Cycling

The area is particularly well served with miles of quiet country lanes and bridleways. Several former railway lines have been converted to traffic free routes. If the rough stuff is more to your liking there is an extensive network of bridleways, many of which follow ancient packhorse routes over challenging moorland countryside into remote and little-frequented parts of the Peak.

Rock Climbing

Famous for its climbs the Peak District has all that the experienced climber needs at Stanage Edge, Froggat Edge, and High Tor at Matlock Bath. Local villages like Hathersage have a plentiful supply of gear shops. Climbing schools and instructors are available in the locality for those wishing to learn to climb, or to just give it a go.

Hang gliding

Para gliding and hang gliding is available at Mam Tor for both the experienced pilot and those wishing to learn.

Caving

Exploring the fantastic formations of stalactites and stalagmites found in the natural caves, or the fascinating remains left in the old lead mines. (Caving is a specialist and potentially dangerous sport that should only be attempted in the presence of experienced cavers).

Fishing

Available on the rivers Derwent, Wye and Dove and on the local Reservoirs.

Riding

Pony trekking available locally

Swimming

Indoor pools at Buxton and Bakewell. Outdoor heated pool at Hathersage.

Also available in the locality

  • Bird watching
  • Pottery
  • Craft courses
  • Helicopter flights
  • Golf

There are also various Farmers Markets in the area.