Newmarket Ramblers

Guided walks in the Newmarket area

Derbyshire Weekend

Walking in the Peak District – October 10th-12th

This short break was a ‘book your own accommodation’, walking off the map weekend.  The centre for our weekend was the village of Castleton which lies very close to the foot of Mam Tor at the end of the Hope Valley. Castleton was the ideal centre for us with plenty of B & B accommodation, pubs,  and very good access onto the surrounding hills. 14 of us met up outside the Tourist Information office on a slightly overcast Friday morning.  Our route for the day was a circular walk from Castleton up to Hollins Cross on the Mam Tor ridge, then down into the Vale of Edale before climbing up Rushup Edge and returning to Castleton, a total of 111/2 miles. The ascents were a challenge for some of the group but the rewards were constantly changing views of the surrounding hills. Once back in Castleton and after a reviving bath and a cup of tea everyone met up at the Nag’s Head for an evening meal followed by the pub quiz. We did well, only being beaten into 2nd place by the local team, after three tie break questions.


On Saturday morning the mist was hanging low in the valley but after a short climb up Cave Dale we found ourselves above the mist, enjoying beautiful sunshine. Our route from Cave Dale took us past the famous Blue John Caves before tackling a steep ascent up onto Mam Tor. From there we enjoyed a scenic ridge walk to Lose Hill before descending into Hope and returning to Castleton along a pretty riverside path. After a very welcome cup of tea in the Rambler’s Rest everyone returned to their B & B before meeting for dinner at the Castle (pub).

On Sunday morning we drove to Curbar and parked in the car park close to the end of White Edge. The mist hung low over the whole area but this gradually lifted and at one point we heard the sound of rutting stags and were able to see some red dear in the distance. After White Edge we crossed the busy Sheffield Road and entered the National Trust Longshaw Estate, a very popular spot for families and dog walkers. The café provide the ideal lunch stop, and after this we followed woodland paths through the estate before taking the stunning route along Froggatt and Curbar Edge. Standing on the rock edge we were able to watch the climbers tackling the rock faces down below. Once back at the car park we enjoyed a very welcome drink from the mobile café before saying good bye to each other and setting off for home.  What a great weekend, can’t wait for the next one was the parting cry!!   How about Church Stretton was the reply!

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Saturday, July 21, 2018