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Nestled in the splendour of the Hope Valley, amongst some of the most wonderful scenery in the Peak District National Park, is the village of Castleton. On the cusp of where the gritstone of the Dark Peak meets the gorgeous limestone of the White Peak, there are many fantastic walks around Castleton.

Experience the famous gritstone escarpments loved by hikers and rock climbers alike. You can explore the atmosphere and heritage of places like Stanage Edge, a world-class climbing arena and a stupendously beautiful landscape. For invigorating hill walking with expansive views, nearby Mam Tor and its popular ridge are superb places to roam. Whilst Kinder Scout and tranquil Edale promise adventure in the north.

Hikes around Castleton alsoallow you to discover wonderful landscapes carved out of the limestone of the White Peak. Sheer cliffs, deep gorges, dramatic river valleys and ancient caves all await exploration. With all of this grandeur, it is no wonder Castleton is so popular with hikers.

Intermediate
02:19
4.66 mi
Easy
01:23
2.77 mi
Intermediate
04:16
8.17 mi
Difficult
07:03
14.5 mi
Difficult
05:35
11.3 mi
Difficult
07:23
14.7 mi
Intermediate
02:47
5.64 mi
Intermediate
02:54
6.20 mi
Intermediate
02:45
5.52 mi
Easy
01:56
4.14 mi
Intermediate
02:17
4.52 mi
Easy
01:08
2.27 mi
Intermediate
01:30
2.85 mi
Difficult
05:01
10.7 mi
Intermediate
04:06
8.51 mi
Intermediate
01:04
1.96 mi
Intermediate
01:51
3.70 mi
Intermediate
02:07
4.32 mi
Intermediate
04:13
8.98 mi
Intermediate
02:22
4.81 mi

Top 20 best walks and hikes around Castleton

    1
    Intermediate
    02:19
    4.66 mi
    2.0 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    2
    Easy
    01:23
    2.77 mi
    2.0 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  • 3
    Intermediate
    04:16
    8.17 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    4
    Difficult
    07:03
    14.5 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    5
    Difficult
    05:35
    11.3 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    6
    Difficult
    07:23
    14.7 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,825 ft
    2,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    7
    Intermediate
    02:47
    5.64 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    8
    Intermediate
    02:54
    6.20 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    9
    Intermediate
    02:45
    5.52 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    10
    Easy
    01:56
    4.14 mi
    2.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Intermediate
    02:17
    4.52 mi
    2.0 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Easy
    01:08
    2.27 mi
    2.0 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    13
    Intermediate
    01:30
    2.85 mi
    1.9 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    14
    Difficult
    05:01
    10.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    15
    Intermediate
    04:06
    8.51 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    16
    Intermediate
    01:04
    1.96 mi
    1.8 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    17
    Intermediate
    01:51
    3.70 mi
    2.0 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    18
    Intermediate
    02:07
    4.32 mi
    2.0 mph
    750 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    19
    Intermediate
    04:13
    8.98 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    20
    Intermediate
    02:22
    4.81 mi
    2.0 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Exploring the atmospheric Dark Peak

Some of the best hiking trails around Castleton explore Mam Tor and its lofty ridge. This is a firm local favourite, beloved by many. Experience a stunning vista of Edale and the broad plateau of Kinder Scout from the summit. You can also explore the fascinating ruins of the old A625, which used to run across the lower slopes of Mam Tor. Twisted, broken up and reclaimed by nature, numerous slow-moving landslides have transformed it into a vision that is almost apocalyptic.

Some of the greatest climbers in the world use the gritstone edges of Stanage, Curbar and Baslow to prime their skills. You too can enjoy the rocky drama of these grand natural arenas. Traverse the very edge of the plateau, with sumptuous views to the Derwent and Hope Valleys, or explore the crags themselves, where hidden caves await.

Tranquil Edale and the legend of Kinder Scout

Walks around Castleton can include the challenging ascent to the high plateau of Kinder Scout. The highest point in the Peak District at 2,087 feet (636 m), Kinder Scout played an important part in your very right to roam and in the formation of the national parks. In 1932 the Mass Trespass took place here when hundreds marched to protest against private landowners not allowing the public onto areas of natural beauty such as this.

Experience unforgettable views as you explore the unique moorland of its summit. There are spectacular waterfalls to discover and rocks to scramble over. The valley to the south is the verdant Edale, one of the most beautiful in the Peak District. It marks the start of the spectacular Pennine Way, a 268 mile (435 km) trail across the wild northern uplands of England.

On the trail of precious minerals

Walks around Castleton can take you to the underground wonder of Treak Cliff Cavern, home of the precious mineral Blue John, and Peak Cavern ­– the largest natural cave mouth in Europe. These limestone caves make for a great hiking objective and offer dazzling stalagmite and stalactite displays. Back in the village, the cafes, tea rooms and pubs welcome you with open arms after a day’s exploration.

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