Castleton, Derbyshire Sunday 25th July 2010

Today’s Walks

Strenuous Leader: Mark & Julia Gibbons   Distance: 9 miles, Ascent 1050 ft

This walk across riverside pastureland and the High Peak follows ancient marching roads, passing battlefields and a Roman fort. We begin with a gentle walk beside Peakshole Water and the River Noe, passing the Roman fort of Navio, to reach Brough. Touching the outskirts of Hope, we climb gently to Aston before starting the ascent of Win Hill. The path is well defined and the ascent steady, soon reaching the level Great Ridge and the summit, Win Hill Pike (1518 ft). Both provide far reaching panoramic views – to Ladybower Reservoir and the Snake Pass, Mam Tor and to the White Peak beyond Castleton. The second part of the descent is steep – via Twitchill Farm, reaching a different part of Hope, and then we take gentle meadows back to Castleton on the opposite side of the A625 to our outward journey. If the weather is good, this walk is one of our favourites and highly recommended for strenuous and moderate regulars.

Moderate Leader: Peter Denton   Distance : 7.5 miles

To Edale and Back. If you like hills you will love this walk; as the name suggests we will walk out of one valley, and then back into the valley. We start heading towards Back Tor and through Back Tor Nook down into Edale to cross Back Tor Bridge to walk along Edale road to Yemans Bridge, then past Hardenclough Farm, then up to Hollins Cross and down Hallowford Road into Castleton for a well earned boot rejection and some refreshments.

Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: 6.5 miles

We start with an easy walk on field tracks as far as Hope village, then turn north to climb the ridge as far as Hollins Cross. This is a long steady 700 ft climb but we’ll have time for plenty of pauses on the way up. There are good views on both sides of the ridge. Then a descent to Mam Farm and a short climb on the remains of the old main road up to Blue John Cavern, ending with a pleasant walk on field paths past Treak Cliff and Speedwell Caverns back to Castleton.

Easy Leader: Adelaide Houghton   Distance: approx 5 miles

A circular walk from Castleton car park, passing Losehill Hall and climbing gradually to Losehill Farm (Crimea). Then downhill into Hope village. Back via Hope Valley and Peakshole Water.