Saturday, March 09, 2013

At Castleton

I suppose I should really add that the Castleton in question is Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District which I have visited many times as opposed to the small village of Castleton in the North Yorkshire Moors which I have only visited once when we were on holiday a few years ago and staying near Guisborough.

We parked in the car park near the visitor centre and walked over the road to have a coffee at the Three Roofs Cafe.

We then wandered up by the stream which runs through the village.  The water in the stream was so fresh and clear.   Peveril Castle was almost invisible in the morning mist.


I love this little shop with its window full of old miners' lamps.

We wandered up to the entrance to the Peak Cavern where the sound of the crows was echoing up above around the trees near the castle. Then we retraced our steps back into the village centre.


We had a wander around the churchyard as some of  Paul's ancestors are supposed to be buried here in the 18th century but most probably they weren't well off enough to afford a memorial stone. We also went into the church, which was open for visitors,  to have a look around.  The inside is very interesting and deserves a post of its own so I'll write more on that later.

As we went back to the car to put on our walking boots the castle was still half hidden in the mist.

We then set out to the top of the village to walk on the path across the fields to Speedwell Cavern.  Parts of the walk were still quite muddy and my boots grew heavier and heavier as they picked up the mud.

We returned to Castleton on Arthur's Way which runs alongside the road from Speedwell Cavern, behind which Winnats Pass was still shrouded in mist, even though where we were walking was clear.

As we returned to the village once again it was basking in warm sunshine.

It had been the most beautiful day for being out in the fresh air.

26 comments:

  1. It's ages since I went to Castleton. I really must make the effort to get there this year. Thanks for the reminder of how beautiful it is.

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    1. It is quite a special place, I always enjoy visiting:)

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  2. That was the best tour this year for me. I love the parts of England that I can't visit because I live in Utah.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the visit, Ruth:)

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  3. It looks like a lovely village although a bit spooky in the mist! I would be glad to see it in the warmth of the sunshine! x

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    1. Looking up at the castle from the entrance to the cave with the crows flying around overhead was slightly spooky:)

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  4. Beautiful views out across those fields. I suppose tomorrow they will be covered in snow once again.

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    1. I expect they will! We have a light dusting of snow here so I guess out in the peaks there will be a lot more:)

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  5. I really like Castleton - all my grandchildren love climbing up to Peveril Castle and exploring the ruins and then walking by the river feeding the ducks. I confess that this weather doesn't encourage me to go out exploring though:)

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    1. Your grandchildren will have such happy memories of Castleton. Tuesday, when we were there, was lovely but since then it has been 'stay at home' weather:)

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  6. Great photos. Love the old miners lamps in the window.
    June

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    1. Thanks, June. The miners lamps are fascinating aren't they?:)

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  7. That was a lovely walk you took us on. Thank You.

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    1. Hello and welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed the walk:)

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  8. Hi Rosie,

    I can almost smell that fresh air. Thanks for sharing your walk with us. Beautiful views as always.

    Marie x

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    1. Thanks, Marie - the air was certainly fresh out there:)

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  9. Your lovely post brings back memories for me. I went walking in the Peak District as a teenager and stayed at Castleton Youth Hostel. It snowed there, heavily, in late April! It is such a beautiful area and worth another visit.

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    1. It is very beautiful, Wendy - it snowed heavily in late April the year we were married, up to a week before there was snow but on the day itself the sun shone:)

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  10. A lovely walk, I always enjoy a trip to Castleton. You got some great photos.

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    1. Thanks Louise - I'll do a post about the inside of the church later as well:)

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  11. Wow, such a stunning view, well worth your muddy boots :)
    x

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    1. You've just reminded me that those boots are still in the car boot caked with mud! I must rescue them and clean them up:)

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  12. A lovely walk with some atmospheric photos. I must look out for the lamps next time we go to Castleton. We shall definitely be returning soon when the weather is better!

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    1. The lamps are in a small antique shop up by the stream as you walk up to Peak Cavern:)

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  13. Thank you for that lovely walk around Castleton; a great start for my day. You are the best travel guide for all these quaint and wonderful places.

    I'm looking forward to the post on the church.

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    1. Thanks, glad you enjoyed visiting! The church post will be coming soon:)

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