Castleton and Winnats Pass in the Peak District……………….

It was a glorious sunny morning today so I decided a little photographic trip out would be in order.

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I considered several places including the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and the British Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port (you may well ask?) but eventually decided I would visit a place I spent many happy weekends when my daughter was very young, namely, Castleton in the Peak District.

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I think it must be getting on for 20 years since I was last there so I was not sure what to expect in terms of changes.Fortunately, very little has changed and early on a Monday morning it had that quiet air of a small rural village.

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I decided to drive up through Winnats Pass to get a full view of Mam Tor (Mam Tor is a 517 m (1,696 ft.) hill near Castleton in the High Peak. Its name means “mother hill”, so-called because frequent landslips on its eastern face have resulted in a multitude of ‘mini-hills’ beneath it).

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Winnats Pass was bathed in sunlight and shadow as I drove up the steep incline and when I reached the top I gazed across to Mam Tor and there were already numerous people making their way to the top for the spectacular view across the high peak.

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After taking a considerable number of photographs I returned to Castleton for an excellent cappuccino and toasted teacake at a small café then spent a good half hour wandering around the narrow streets of the village and along the little stream that runs through the centre of the village.

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If you have never visited Castleton then put it on your list of “must visit” places because in addition to the places I have mentioned there is also the famous Blue John Cavern , Peveril Castle (above the village) and the infamous Devils Arse Cavern (there is an excellent concert by Richard Hawley on Youtube from this venue, I kid you not).

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A word of warning, weekends and bank holidays find the village flooded with visitors and it can be a nightmare to park so if possible go midweek.

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