The Peak District National Park is a very popular destination for walkers, and there’s no better place to establish a base camp than the picturesque village of Castleton.
The Express reports that Castleton, named in William the Conquerer’s Doomsday Book as Pechesers, which literally translates as Peaks Arse, is overlooked by Peveril Castle and three steep hills calling out to be conquered.
But there’s more to the Derbyshire village than hiking up its hills. Other highlights include four underground show caves – Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern and Peak Cavern.
All four caves offer something different for visitors. Blue John Cavern features eight of the 14 different types of Blue John stone, known as Derbyshire Spar, which can also be seen in break Cliff Cavern. Castleton is the only place in the world where this stone can be found.
Speedwell Cavern features an underground canal that tourists can take a boat journey along, seeing the old lead mine, and the Bottomless Pit, a huge underground lake.
Peak Cavern, also known, unfortunately, as Devil’s Arse, had the largest cave entrance in the British Isles, and is also famous for being the home of ropemakers.
However, the caves are not all Castleton has to offer. Climbing Mam Tor, better known as the ‘Shivering Mountain’ can provide incredibly dramatic views, and has an Iron Age fort near the summit.
Peveril Castle, established after the Norman conquest of 1066, is named after William Peveril, who is believed to be the illegitimate son of William the Conquerer. The castle ruins provide incredible views of the area.
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