Peak District Walk
Speedwell Cavern circular from Castelton
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Walk Route Description
This circular Peak District walk starts from Castleton, which is a popular spot for tourists. There is a large pay and display car park adjacent to the Tourism Information Centre at grid ref. SK149829. There are plenty of opportunities for refreshment in the village either before you start the walk or after you have returned.
Exit the car park and turn left along Buxton Road and walk as far as the T-junction. Turn right here along Back Street which leads to the Market Place. Here bear right and continue along The Stones which leads directly into Goosehill. Towards the end of this lane take the signed footpath (grid ref. SK147826) bearing right towards Speedwell Cavern with the wall to your immediate right. This path climbs gently offering good views to your right of the Castleton Ridge.
Reaching the road by Speedwell Cavern (grid ref. SK139827), take the footpath almost opposite (just to your right). This leads through a field to a junction of paths (not too evident) where you turn right down to another road (grid ref. SK139826). Turn left along this road, which is the old main road to Buxton but now closed after the large landslip on the southern flank of Mam Tor. Continue along this road for just under a mile to reach the site of the landslip where an information board tells the story of what happened.
Continue to the end of the tarmac (grid ref. SK132829) where the old road bends sharply to the left. Take the signed footpath on the right and follow a track to Mam Farm. Stay on the track past the farm to the next house. Keep to the right of this property following the path across a number of fields to reach a complex junction of paths and track just to the east of Woodseats (grid ref. SK137842). Follow the track eastwards for a short way until you reach a no access sign. Here the path away from the track following a wall which should be immediately on your right to meet with one of the main paths leading up to the Castleton Ridge (grid ref. SK141841).
Turn right here and follow the clear track which leads into Hollowford Road and takes you into Castleton. Reaching the main road, go straight ahead to turn left into Buxton Road with the car park on your right.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1087 Mam Tor & Cave Dale from Castleton - moderate - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 1521 Cave Dale and Winnats Pass from Castleton - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 1665 Hollins Cross & Lose Hill from Castleton - easy/mod - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 3426 Lose Hill & Hollins Cross from Castleton - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 1688 Old Dam & Sparrowpit from Mam Tor - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 1286 Castleton Ridge from Hope village - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 2599 Kinder, Edale and Castleton Ridge from Hope - mod/hard - 13.5 miles/21.9 km
Walk 1706 Win Hill from Hope - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 2522 Rushup Edge & Edale from Mam Nick - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1368 Mam Tor, Upper Booth and Rushup Edge - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Dark Peak Walks
Guidebook to 40 walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. 35 circular routes for most abilities, from 8km to 19km, around Edale, Marsden, Fairholmes, Baslow and Castleton, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, and 5 longer (25km to 45km) routes highlighting the best of the Gritstone Edges, High Moorland and Deep Valleys.
Walking in the Peak District - White Peak East
Guidebook describing 42 half-day and day walks in the limestone landscapes of Derbyshire's White Peak, part of the Peak District National Park. One of two volumes, this book covers the east of the region, with potential bases including Bakewell, Eyam, Castleton, Birchover, Matlock and Wirksworth.
The National Trails
This inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills.