The shot above was the start of the day for me, up at 4.50am Sunday morning having camped overnight in our T5 Transporter at the foot of Mam Tor. I did need time for a coffee and to get ready for the climb up to the summit and to walk the distance from the trig point down to this first gate to get the view point I wanted. So I hope you like the image and enjoy my post and pictures of our walk.
13/9/15 Castleton Mam Tor Walk.
Parking at the foot of Mam Tor in the free lay-bys near to Blue John Cavern the walk starts here.
Head up the hill to the main road and turn left and continue up the A625 for about 200 yards to a junction and bear right to see a signpost for Royter farm.
Follow the track for about half a mile to go past Royter farm where the path turns to more of a rough track.
Continue along here till you come across a T-junction and turn left and walk about 100 meters, look for a sign post for the Lime Stone Way. Walk diagonally across this green grass pasture with stunning panoramic views in all directions.
Eventually you do come to a fork in the path where you would take the right one signposted Cave Dale.
The path starts to descend along a pleasant grassy path along the side of a dry stone wall where eventually another fork in the path appears. Again take the right fork to start a decent in to the gorge.
Going through a gate opening in a dry stone wall the path becomes quite treacherous and steep, so good foot wear is advisable on this walk.
Peveril castle comes in to view here after going through the gateway in the wall. It sits precariously on the edge of the gorge. The castle was built in 1176 by Henry the 2nd . The site is maintained and managed by English Heritage, and more can be read about the castle in the visitors centre in Castleton .
As you go deeper in to the gorge it starts to open up to a wider area. It is a splendid view of limestone crags and wondrous small caves. One in particular I did note had a gate to stop people entering. There was a sound of rushing water and what sounded like an turbine. I can only guess it is some kind of hydroelectric system that has been used for tapping in to an underground river.
Once a the bottom of the gorge you come out in to the village of Castleton almost immediately, when you come to a road turn left which takes you to the market square. Here you can take time to explore the village and take in a little retail therapy. There are some great places to have a coffee and bite to eat, some fantastic shops displaying the local arts and crafts as well as the local Blue John Stone jewellery.
The walk picks up again at the Castleton Centre near the main car park. Follow a walled path at the side of a small stream.
when eventually coming to a junction signposted “Hollowford Lane & Hollins Cross + Edale.
Follow the road past house’s eventually coming to a wide open driveway to a farm. There is a tree lined path which shoots off diagonally. It is unmarked as a public footpath but it actually is.
Continue along the path to a wooden gate and on to a green grass pasture.Head towards a wooden gate that leads to a wooded area and Dunscar farm. As you reach a tarmacked drive turn left and continue down the road for about 100 meters or so. There are a couple of stiles so take the first signposted Winnats Pass
After about 100 meters take the stile on the right for Edale and Hollins Cross. In the corner of a field go over a small stile to cross a brook then turn left. Follow the path on the edge of the field a short way to go through a wooden gate. Follow the path up a gentle slope to a gate in the corner of the field.
At the top of the field near the house in the picture bellow go through a gate to cross the access road to the farm, and then another to start the accent to Hollins Cross
At the summit you can take 5 and enjoy the view.
Then when your ready head west towards Mam Tor summit along the paved path.
To finally arrive at the summit and take in the wonderful views yet again
When your ready continue along the path to descend to the road which is only 5-10 minutes walk.When you get to a gate continue through to another and take the path to the left to descend back to the car park and the start of the walk.
This is a very enjoyable walk indeed and sakes in some spectacular landscape scenery with a nice stop of half way to take in some of the delight’s Castleton has to offer. If you do the walk please let me know what you think and if my guide and images hav inspired you to have a go. Please have a look at the map posted to give more of an idea of the route taken.