Cavedale and Mam Tor (approx. 5¾ miles)

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Maps: Sheet OL1 Peak District - Dark Peak area .
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Start: SK149830. Pay and display car park, Castleton.
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Mam Tor stands on the boundary of the limestone scenery of the White Peak and the gritstone moorland of the Dark Peak. It provides stunning views in all directions, and so is a very popular. This walk starts from one of the Peak District's honeypots, and leads up a typical limestone gorge onto the limestone plateau. A further short, steep climb leads to the summit of Mam Tor. The return to Castleton is via a paved ridge walk, followed by a steep descent. All paths and tracks are well-used and easy to follow.
More info: Cavedale (Wikipedia);
Mam Tor (Wikipedia);
Mam Tor(British Geological Survey);;
Castleton Visitor Centre (Peak District National Park Authority).
Refreshments: There is plenty of choice in Castleton. Lin enjoyed the homemade soup at the Causeway Shop whilst I enjoyed a cream tea, with warm, scones, jam and clotted cream.

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leaving Castleton Car Park Leave the car park and turn left along the road towards the village centre. Turn right into �

Castle Street, Castleton � Castle Street. Follow the road round to the left, passing through Market Place. Bear right into �
Bargate, Castleton � Bargate. Look out for the small brown finger post on the left, pointing towards Cavedale. Turn right to follow the track between cottages. The path climbs gradually through a steep-sided limestone gorge �
Cavedale � before opening out a little. Continue to follow the dry valley �
Cavedale & Peveril Castle � not forgetting to turn round to admire the view of Peveril Castle, perched above the dale on its western side.
Cavedale The path becomes less steep �
above Cavedale � and opens out onto a limestone plateau.
above Cavedale Continue to follow the main path as it passes through a couple of narrow gates �
above Cavedale � leading to the corner of a field with a wide gateway and stile. Pass through the gate (or climb the stile) �
above Cavedale � almost immediately there is another gate and stile. These lead onto a gravel track.
limestone plateau near Castleton Turn right to follow this track for about 200 metres.
limestone plateau near Castleton Turn right where a gate crosses the track ahead. Follow this straight track for almost a mile (about half way along the surface changes to tarmac).
above Winnats Pass This track emerges onto the unclassified road above Winnats Pass. Cross the road and pass through the gate almost opposite.
looking north from Windy Knoll Follow the path to a gate which leads onto another unclassified road. Cross this and follow the clear path opposite to pass through a gate and up steps �
near Mam Tor Car Park � to meet another unclassified road. Don't cross this road, but walk a few yards along a paved path to go through a narrow gate on the right.
the path up Mam Tor The path from here up to the summit of Mam Tor is very heavily used (due to the nearby National Trust car park). Follow the well surfaced path to the top of the hill.
view south over limestone plateau Mam Tor provides spectacular view over the limestone plateau to the south �
view north west from mam Tor over gritstone moorland � and the gritstone moorland to the north and west.
view east from mam Tor along the Great Ridge From the summit follow the very popular, paved path leading north east along the Great Ridge between the Hope Valley and Edale ...
Hollins Cross � to Hollins Cross. This is a dip in the ridge where a number of paths meet. There is also a memorial pillar to Tom Hyett. Go through the gate (which has been moved a few metres along the ridge to help control erosion). Once through the gate �
near Hollins Cross � take the path which curves to the left.
path from Hollins Cross to Castleton Follow the path down the hillside.
path from Hollins Cross to Castleton In places this path is very steep and uneven. It also crosses a couple of stiles, one of which was broken and difficult to climb on the day we completed the walk.
path from Hollins Cross to Castleton At the foot of the descent pass through a wooden gate ...
path from Hollins Cross to Castleton � to follow a narrow, sunken path.
path from Hollins Cross to Castleton Another gate leads onto �
Hollowford Road, Castleton � a narrow, surfaced road (Hollowford Road).
junction of How Lane and Back Street from Millbridge, Castleton The road takes you back to Castleton. Join the main road through the village �
Cross Street, Castleton � which turns to the right and leads back to the car park, just beyond the village centre on the right.

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Every care has been taking when preparing this route description, but the author cannot be held liable for any omissions or inaccuracies - or any changes made to footpaths since these notes were written. We always welcome feedback (email
All text and images ©Graham Dean, December 2013.

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