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Peak District Walk
Cave Dale and Winnats Pass from Castleton

Outline Route Map Walk Grading

Nat Park - Peak District - Dark Peak South

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km

Ascent - 800 feet / 242 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SK149829
Lat 53.342791 // Long -1.77767
Postcode S33 8WN (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

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Castleton offers some excellent walking with many routes radiating from the village with many walkers immediately drawn to the Castleton Ridge to the north. This Peak Distyrict walk takes you south and crosses some typical limestone scenery, providing some good views across the valley to Castleton's Great Ridge. 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. Bear left here and a short distance ahead you will see a footpath sign on your right (grid ref SK150827). This path climbs quite steeply at first and leads you into Cave Dale with Peveril Castle perched high above you on your right. The route is never in doubt as you follow this typical limestone dale south. This section of the route follows the Limestone Way.

Reaching a junction of paths (grid ref. SK135813), leave the Limestone Way and turn right along a track. After 300 metres the track veers right and continues across undulating country passing Rowter Farm on your right. The views from this track are good with Mam Tor and the Castleton Ridge of particular note. Reaching a road (grid ref. SK126826) take the signed footpath opposite across a field (rough pasture with quarries). Just before reaching the next road (grid ref. SK125831) bear sharp right on the footpath leading south east. This path leads to a road (grid ref. SK127830).

Cross the road and take the footpath opposite, passing Winnats Head Farm on your right, to reach the road at the top of Winnats Pass (grid ref. SK130828). Turn left down the road. Note there is a path on the grass on the left hand side of the road and you can enjoy the rugged limestone crags as you descend towards Speedwell Cavern.

You have two options from here. Either follow the main road back into the centre of Castleton and the car park. There is a good footpath all the way into the village. Or you can avoid the road walking by taking the footpath that leaves the road on your right at grid ref. SK139827 and leads across fields into the village.

 
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