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56. The Castleton Area, Derbyshire (1996)


by Trevor Ford

This Guide sets out to summarise both geological and geomorphological features (including caves) that can be seen in a set of four day walks around the Castleton area. The itineraries are intended to be taken on foot although some of the itineraries can be shortened by meeting transport en route. Much of the land crossed is in the care of the National Trust and much is scheduled as an SSSI. Although hammering is not allowed, much detail of the limestone lithofacies can be seen on weathered surfaces and in scree (where fossils can also be seen).

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This Guide sets out to summarise both geological and geomorphological features (including caves) that can be seen in a set of four day walks around the Castleton area. The itineraries are intended to be taken on foot although some of the itineraries can be shortened by meeting transport en route. Much of the land crossed is in the care of the National Trust and much is scheduled as an SSSI. Although hammering is not allowed, much detail of the limestone lithofacies can be seen on weathered surfaces and in scree (where fossils can also be seen).

Itinerary 1 Odin Mine, Mam Tor, Windy Knoll, Treak Cliff
The purpose of this itinerary is to gain an overview of the many interesting geological features of the Castleton area.
Walking distance: 6km approx. and ascent of about 300m (4-6 hours)
Start Point Castleton village car park SK149 830

Itinerary 2 Cowlow, Speedwell Cavern, Winnats Pass, New Rake, Peak Cavern
The purposes of this itinerary are threefold: (1) to extend knowledge and appreciation of the Dinantian lagoon-reef basin association; (2) to consider the geomorphology of the Winnats Pass; and (3) to see something of the relationships of Peak and Speedwell Caverns to the surface features.
Walking distance: 4km approx. and ascent of about 250m
Start Point Castleton village car park SK149 830

Itinerary 3 Cave Dale, Dirtlow Rake, Pindale
The purposes of this itinerary are (1) to examine another section through the Asbian limestones of the marginal reef belt; (2) to see the character of the overlying Brigantian limestones both in Cave Dale and Pindale; (3) to observe the geomorphology of the Cave Dale dry valley; (4) to see the mineralisation associated with Dirtlow Rake.
Walking distance: 4km approx. and ascent of about 200m.
Start Point Castleton village car park SK149 830

Itinerary 4 Losehill, Back Tor, Mam Tor & Blue John Cavern
The purpose of this itinerary is to gain a further insight into the many interesting geological features of the Castleton area.
Walking distance: : 8km approx. and ascent of about 400m.
Start Point Castleton village car park SK149 830

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