Castleton attractions

Castleton attractions

CastletonCastleton lies in Derbyshire, a county associated with the Peak District (as well as parts of Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Cheshire), while the northern part of the county overlaps into the Pennines. Wedged in between Manchester, Sheffield and Derby, the landscape comes in two forms with the harsh grey gritstone of the Dark Peak contrasting with the pale southern limestone hills of the White Peak. Here the deep-forested dales are populated with small stone villages, walking trails along former railway routes, complex cave systems and spectacular historic country houses, the seats of the Dukes of Devonshire and Rutland.

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Attractions BLUE JOHN CAVERN, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WP. Tel: 01433 620638/620642. Large range of natural water-worn caverns featuring stalactites, stalagmites and Blue John Stone. Eight of the fourteen known veins are found here. Castleton is the only known place where Britain's rarest mineral occurs. Blue John Craft Shop in the town. www.bluejohn-cavern.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Castleton.

BLUE JOHN CAVERN

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Attractions HATHERSAGE CHURCH (ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS). School Lane, Hathersage, Hope Valley, S32 1BB. Tel: 44 1433 650 3532 Legendary site of Little John's Grave, in village which also has connection with Charlotte Bronte, who wrote "Jane Eyre" while staying here. Brass rubbings may be done of the Eyre family brasses. Open in daylight hours. About 5 miles east of Castleton.

HATHERSAGE CHURCH (ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS)

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Attractions CASTLETON VILLAGE MUSEUM, Castleton Visitor Centre, Buxton Road, Castleton, Hope Valley. Tel. 01433 620679. Village history displays including Blue John, lead mining, Smithy, Joiner's shop, rope making, Garland Ceremony etc. On the 2nd April 2004, Castleton's new state-of-the-art information centre was opened to the public. Location: In the centre of Castleton.

Castleton Visitor Centre

Attractions TREAK CLIFF CAVERN, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WP. Tel: 01433 620571. Underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. World's richest deposits of Blue John stone easily visible on guided tours of the caverns. Fossils and other mineral and rock formations. Suitable for people of all ages. www.bluejohnstone.com. Location: In the centre of Castleton.

TREAK CLIFF CAVERN

Attractions SPEEDWELL CAVERN, Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WA. Tel: 01433 620512. This unique cavern is an old lead mine worked in the early part of the 18th Century. It is visited by boat in complete comfort and safety by travelling along a subterranean illuminated canal. (Photo right: Winnat's Pass). www.speedwellcavern.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Castleton.

Winnat's Pass

Attractions PEVERIL CASTLE, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WQ. (English Heritage).Tel: 01433 620613. Norman Motte and Bailey Castle in ruins. Built by William the Conqueror for his illegitimate son William Peveril, to oversee the lead mines and Forest of the Peak. Looked after by English Heritage. Location: In the centre of Castleton.

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Attractions HATHERSAGE OPEN AIR HEATED SWIMMING POOL, Oddfellows Road, Hathersage, Hope Valley. Tel: 01433 650843. The pool surround has changed little since being built in 1936 and still has the original veranda and bandstand with a beautiful grass lawn to sunbathe on. About 5 miles east of Castleton.

HATHERSAGE OPEN AIR HEATED SWIMMING POOL

Attractions 1935 saw the construction of Ladybower Dam. This project received objections both locally and nationaly because it involved the flooding of two villages; Ashopton and Derwent. Derwent village can still be seen in very dry summers. Ladybower is now a major tourist attraction. More. About 5 miles north of Castleton.

Ladybower Dam

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