Mam Tor and Cave Dale from Castleton

Hollins Cross, Mam Tor and Cavedale are highlights of this Peak District walk from Castleton. The walk includes both Dark and White Peak scenery and generally follows well marked footpaths.

Technical sheet
No. 292937
A Castleton (Derbyshire) walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 11/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 9.11km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 295m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 289m
Highest point Highest point : 469m
Lowest point Lowest point : 187m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Castleton (Derbyshire)
Starting point Starting point : N 53.343983° / W 1.777508°
Download : -
An interesting descent

Description

(D/A) There is a large public car park (grid ref. SK 148829) in Castleton and after paying your dues, follow the main road in the direction of Hope. Where the main road turns sharp right continue north along Hollowford Road which leads gently upwards towards the Castleton ridge ahead. Reaching open country the path steepens. This is the only section of "hard work" and soon you have reached the top of the ridge at Hollins Cross.

(1) The ridge, which links Lose Hill with Mam Tor, is a popular place to promenade. The well-maintained path is easy going and offers excellent views south over the White Peak and to Edale and the Kinder Plateau in the north. With most of the climbing over, continue west along the ridge to the summit of Mam Tor. Notice the huge landslides here and at other places along the ridge. The most recent of these was of such magnitude that it severed the main A625 Castleton to Chapel-en-le-Frith road, which is still closed to traffic.

(2) Dropping down to the col at Mam Nick head down the path on your left which crosses fields and heads up towards the long abandoned spoil tips of Slitherstone Mine. You are now in the White Peak. At the major junction of paths turn east to reach the Limestone Way just short of Hazard Mine. Turning north follow the path down Cave Dale passing the remains of Peveril Castle high on your left to reach the village of Castleton and the end of the walk(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 188m
1 : km 2.37 - alt. 382m - Hollins Cross
2 : km 3.97 - alt. 457m - Path on your left
D/A : km 9.11 - alt. 188m

Useful Information

Interesting walks containing both the White and Dark Peaks are limited to the areas where the Limestone and Gritstone meet. The following walk covers an area that has much to offer the walker including those of a less adventurous disposition. It is an ideal introduction for those making their first visit to the Peak District offering a taste of the two essential ingredients of the National Park.

The village of Castleton lies on the northern edge of the White Peak. With a good selection of pubs, cafes and shops it is a popular day trip destination from the surrounding towns and cities. In addition there are the "show" caves which also help attract visitors so an off peak period may be best time to make this walk.

It is possible to shorten the walk by descending Winnats Gorge - a wonderful section of limestone scenery. If you opt to take this route you can reduce road walking by looking for the path which leaves the road on the right shortly after passing the entrance to Speedwell Cavern. This takes you across the fields to reach Castleton near to the entrance to Peak Cavern.

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.49/5
Number of opinions : 12
Description quality : 4.55/5
Routemap quality : 4.25/5
Walk interest : 4.67/5


Walker
on Fri 18 Sep 2020 20:26:37 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 16/09/20
Description quality : N/A
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We were camping between Castleton & Hope, so started this walk from there, ascending up to Lose Hill before joining the walk at Hollins Cross. Views from the Ridge were spectacular. A little busy around Mam Tor but few folks elsewhere. Interesting descent down Cave Dale. Would highly recommend.


Walker
on Mon 03 Feb 2020 09:14:11 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 17/01/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We did a little detour and went up Mam Tor instead of around the Peak, but it was a spectacular long walk with some slightly more challenging bits to keep it interesting- the views were breathtaking! Would definitely recommend it!


Walker
on Mon 07 Oct 2019 17:08:48 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 09/12/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

The walk has a stiff but quite short climb up to the rigde above Castleton and then follows it around with stunning views over the Peak District. The main point of interest is Mam Tor. We took a short cut back down the closed ruined road then footpath to Castleton because we were short of time


Walker
on Mon 29 Apr 2019 09:10:58 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 28/04/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

We thoroughly enjoyed this walk. The ascent was not overly challenging and it wasn't too busy at the summit. We did lengthen the walk by an extra mile by going straight upwards to the ridge instead of veering left. The walk down was a bit tricky as essentially you are navigating a rocky stream but it just made it more fun and interesting


Walker
on Mon 18 Mar 2019 21:21:00 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 17/03/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We really enjoyed this walk, the printed sheet contained all the information you need. We laminated the sheet for future use, but in retrospect it's good that we did, it blew a hooley, with. 4 seasons in one day. We are already looking forward to downloading our next walk.😃


Walker
on Mon 27 Aug 2018 10:53:34 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 27/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

Beautiful views


Walker
on Mon 18 Jun 2018 09:05:27 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 18/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Vgood


Walker
on Mon 11 Jun 2018 09:26:28 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 11/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good


Walker
on Wed 28 Mar 2018 09:38:03 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 28/03/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Recently walked Mam Tor, have done this walk before many years ago but not this route. Found this route much better and more scenic. Time taken 2hrs even with a dog!


Walker
on Mon 12 Mar 2018 09:40:19 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 11/03/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Easy to follow..good views..can walk in 2 hours if walking briskly


Walker
on Mon 19 Feb 2018 11:39:53 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 17/02/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

First time using hikideas and walking in this area.
Very impressed.
Will definitely be walking here again soon


Walker
on Mon 05 Feb 2018 19:19:06 CET

Thank you for your feedback. Please feel free to post photos of the walk if you have any to share


Walker
on Mon 05 Feb 2018 11:53:59 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 04/02/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

We actually walked this route in the opposite direction but it was a lovely contrast between the expansive views from the Great Ridge (Mam Tor - Hollins Cross) and the enclosed gully of Cave Dale over looked by Peveril's Castle.

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