Castleton & the Peak District National Park

Street scene in Castleton

St Edmond church in the centre of Castleton

Above Castleton with Peveril castle

Christmas lights at Castleton © www.michaelcummins.co.uk

Wonderfiul walking on the Great Ridge above Castleton © www.michaelcummins.co.uk

Castleton Visitor Centre

Hope railway station

Peak District history

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Old Hall Hotel Hope

Hope Valley Beer Festivals

The popular village of Castleton stands at the head of the Hope Valley, perhaps the most beautiful area of the Peak District, certainly the most impressive. Famed for its world-famous show caverns (Blue John, Speedwell, Treakcliffe and Peak Cavern - now known as Devil's Arse) the village is also renowned for the spectacular Castleton Christmas lights' show and Oak Apple Day (May 29th) on which is ceebrated the restoration of the English monarchy, a tradition now spanning several centuries.

With fantastic walking all around Castleton there's no wonder it's as popular as it is. There is also a first-rate visitor centre in the village, a host of cafes, pubs & restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. A bus service also runs to Bakewell and the nearest railway station is close by at Hope (less than 3 miles). New for August 2016 is The Anchor at Tideswell, a rum & steak bar now operated by Rick Ellsion & his team - good ales and steaks a speciality. Check out more photographs of Castleton too - more great pictures of this ever popular village in the High Peak. 

The Peak National Park was formed on April 17th 1951 and was the first area of the UK to be awarded national park status. Spanning 555 square miles of (mainly) Derbyshire the counties of Yorkshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire are also crossed by its boundary. Easily accessed from the cities of Manchester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield (a virtual neighbour), the Peak Park is very popular with day trippers and, very often, the best time to come and stay for a few days is out of the peak seasons: October and March are ideal months in which to come over and explore the many wonders the beautiful area has to offer.