Stage 1: Castleton to Monyash — Limestone Way
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
March 16, 2020
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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