After spending some time in Manchester, we decided to drive to Peak District, with the hope to escape the rain ! But where to go for a single day ? After having done some research, we decided to park in Castleton, a popular village in the area, also known as the “Gem of the Peaks“.
After roughly 1 hour of driving through amazing landscapes, we arrived in Castleton and it was quite easy to find a parking spot even if we realized that it was indeed a popular destination. We walked through the village, which was lovely, despite the grey sky. We didn’t bring our hiking shoes .. we were terribly equiped for this trip, and we decided to avoid doing lenghtly and muddy hikes. Instead, we chose to enjoy what the village had to offer.
We had a look at St Edmund’s church. The church, dating from the 13th century, was restored in 1837 and is still very well maintained. We had a look at the cemetery and saw beautiful carved stones. I was fascinated by the snowdrops :-) Spring is finally here !!
Nearby, we had lunch in a pub called “the Castle“, it was lovely !
It’s possible to visit several caverns near Castleton : Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern. Each of them having its own peculiarity. A boat trip will take you to the heart of the Speedwell cavern, while visiting Treak cliff and the Blue John will allow you to learn more about the ornamental mineral Blue John from where it is still excavated.
We chose to visit Peak Cavern because…. it was the closest… ;-)
Peak Cavern is also called the Devil’s arse ! It is the largest cavern of peak district and was the home for rope-makers in the 17th century. Our guide was very enthusiast and showed us how to make one. It was an interesting process. The visit of the cavern took us 1 hour. Not something extraordinary, but worth the visit, especially for the rope making explanations. Often flooded, better to check beforehand.
We also visited Peveril Castle .. I will tell you more about this place soon ! :-)