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Stage 1: Castleton to Monyash — Limestone Way

Stage 1: Castleton to Monyash — Limestone Way

Difficult
06:19
13.9 mi
2.2 mph
1,600 ft
1,375 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
331 yd
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Peveril Castle

Hiking Highlight

0.28 mi
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Cave Dale

Hiking Highlight

6.79 mi
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Monk's Dale

Hiking Highlight (Segment)

13.9 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Mountain Hiking Path: 2.37 mi
Hiking Path: 0.26 mi
Path: 7.17 mi
Street: 0.48 mi
Road: 3.53 mi
State Road: 117 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 0.90 mi
Unpaved: 3.07 mi
Gravel: 1.64 mi
Paved: 2.16 mi
Asphalt: 2.05 mi
Unknown: 4.07 mi

Weather Forecast

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Dan Hobson planned a hike.

March 16, 2020

Comments

  • Dan Hobson

    This first stage leads from the striking remains of Peveril Castle through classic limestone scenery composed of dales and patchwork fields.

    With 13.9 miles (22.4 km) of distance and 1,600 feet (488 m) of uphill, including some steep climbs, this is a challenging hike but should be manageable.

    The trail begins from Castleton, in the shadow of Mam Tor and the stunning medieval ruins of Peveril Castle.

    You hike through Cave Dale, which was a coral reef 350 million years ago, and emerge into open pastures. The trail reaches a high point at Starvehouse Mine and then descends gradually.

    A short while after Hay Dale Nature Reserve, you enter Monk’s Dale, which affords more quintessential limestone countryside; wildflower meadows and natural woodlands set within a charismatic dale.

    You descend to meet the River Wye at Miller’s Dale, where the Angler’s Rest may tempt you for a mid-point pub-stop.

    West of Taddington, you pass close to Five Wells Neolithic Chambered Cairn, a worthy detour should you fancy.

    The final section of the hike is a leisurely descent through peaceful meadows; through the village of Flagg and onto finish in the village of Monyash, which has accommodation options, a pub that serves food, a cafe, and a shop.

    • March 24, 2020

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Dan Hobson

Stage 1: Castleton to Monyash — Limestone Way