The first thing many people will do when lockdown ends is head to the Peak District and explore the wonderful countryside, something you will be perfectly located to do when staying in a Castleton B&B.

In addition to all the natural scenery of the area, there are many historical man-made relics to be spotted on your walks. Peveril Castle is the most obvious in the area, but that is just one of several sights to see.

Those ascending via Rushup Edge to the Kinder Plateau will cross the historic bridleway between Edale and Hayfield. While Jacob’s Ladder descends from here into Edale, a short walk the other way will bring an encounter with Edale Cross.

This is a Medieval wayside cross, put in place between the ninth and 15th centuries. Although common in Devon, Cornwall and a few places on the North York Moors, these are rare elsewhere and there are very few examples in the Pennines.

To the south-east of Castleton is the village of Bradwell, which is crossed by a Medieval ditch called the Grey Ditch. This is a scheduled monument and is one of many Saxon-era ditches across England, generally believed to mark boundaries rather than being defensive. The most famous example of this is Offa’s Dyke, while Nico Ditch in Manchester enjoys a less scenic setting.

Several sections of this earthwork can be encountered on walks in the vicinity, including two paths across a field heading towards Brough and the track road of Brough Lane, which crosses a higher part of the ditch on Bradwell Edge. A short section is tracked by a path near Mich Low. 

Brough itself features the ruin of Navio Roman fort. Built around 73 AD, it was one of a line of Roman bastions that includes other ruins near Sheffield and Chesterfield. Although little more than foundations exist today, it is an interesting relic crossed by a footpath from Brough to Hope.

These are just some of the fascinating historic features of the area, which also features many prehistoric tumuli (burial mounds).

It all goes to show that a walk in the Peaks is not just about timeless landscapes, but a rich heritage too.

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