Spending some time in the Devil’s arse

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 ! :-)

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76 responses to “Spending some time in the Devil’s arse

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  3. Snowdrops remind me of my English childhood. Don’t recall ever seeing one in Los Angeles but as everything else grows here I wouldn’t be surprised… ah, nothing can beat an English pub lunch.

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  4. The Peak district is so beautiful and I love the fact that the snowdrops are coming out – so pretty! Curious name for the cave! Lunch at the Castle pub sounds lovely! Have a great weekend :)

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  5. Brilliant title. I love the snowdrops, they are so beautiful at this time of the year. I haven’t had the pleasure of exploring the Peak District, having only gone to the Lake District. I’ll be sure to explore the Devil’s Arse though!

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    • haha, yeah, for once, I have a catchy title ! :D I would love to go to Lake District this year, and go back to Peak district in august, for the heather-covered moorlands. As for the cavern, I think the Blue John is more interesting ;-)

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    • A lot of people like this place, I understand why. It’s a very authentic place, beautiful surroundings. The weather is not fantastic most of the time, but hey… it’s England ! ;-)

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  6. Great title – the name of that cave always makes me snigger!! Been to Castleton but we visited the Bluejohn Cavern – keep meaning to go back and see some of the others sometime!! Loving the snowdrops too!

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  7. I spent a few days hiking around Castleton last summer and loved it. It’s what I think of as ‘typical’ England (if there is such a thing!) We really enjoyed the caves too and scones and tea in the back garden of Rose Cottage tea rooms – a perfect escape!

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    • Exactly, it’s really a typical english village, and I loved it !

      What hikes did you do ? I’m planning to go back in August, if you have any recommendation, it will be very helpful :-)

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    • Moi aussi, si tu savais le nombre de posts qui trainent dans ma boîte mail, c’est toujours difficile de trouver l’équilibre entre répondre aux commentaires, publier des nouvelles entrées, éditer des photos et lire les blogs que je suis :-) Bonne journée, j’espère qu’elle est ensoleillée comme la mienne

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  8. Love the snow drops! Those and all the lambs mean it’s finally spring. I’m headed to the Peak District in June, definitely looking forward to it, sounds beautiful!

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    • One part of the cavern is very though, it’s the “lumbago gallery”, you have to bend yourself so much and walk half-bend for a few hundred meters, and it’s quite challenging. Otherwise, it’s quite easy to visit !

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    • It’s a very iconic rustic English village, full of pub and delicious cakes :-) It was very tricky to take picture inside of the cavern. Water was dripping off the ceiling, it was dark and I didn’t have my tripod with me.

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    • The original name of the Peak Cavern was the Devil’s arse, but they changed it because it was offensive ;-) But then, they’ve changed it back recently with the hope to attract more tourists ;-)

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  9. Thank you for this lovely tour of Castleton! Those very old gravestones in St. Edmund’s cemetery are really beautiful…all of the photos (snowdrops…yes!) are so wonderful. :)

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    • The cave is often flooded and the water can produce strange flatulent-sounding noises when it escape from the caver, that’s one of the origin of the name :-) It’s worth visiting, but it’s probably not as extraordinary as the other caverns. But this one is almost entirely natural, which is fascinating.

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