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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.
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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.
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.
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