Cave Dale Walk
The walk through Cave Dale is a fun outdoor experience in the Peak District that will take you uphill through a limestone gulley for some amazing views across the Derbyshire landscape. While out on the trail, you will make your way through a picturesque setting with vibrant green hills and limestone walls before taking in some amazing views of Peveril Castle, an 11th Century Castle overlooking Castleton. This is a great family-friendly walk that you won’t want to miss out on.
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Route Description for Cave Dale Walk
Although the Cave Dale Walk is only a short 4.7 km route, the trail does climb uphill through the gulley for the first half of the journey. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes for the best footing along the trail. Additionally, this route can become very busy due to its scenic views and close proximity to Peveril Castle. Be sure to arrive early enough to secure parking and avoid the crowds.
This walk is a spectacular outing in the Peak District that isn’t too difficult and offers the opportunity to take in some scenic views of castle ruins and the rolling green hills of the surrounding landscape. While out on this walk, you will traverse well-maintained paths that climb uphill through a limestone gulley, before retracing your steps and taking in the views of Peveril Castle, an 11th Century ruin that overlooks the village of Castleton. There are a lot of spectacular views to experience on this short walk, making it a must-see if you are ever in Derbyshire.
Setting out from the trailhead, follow the trail between the buildings and make your way through a gate in the forest, before the path opens up into the rocky, grass-covered gulley of Cave Dale. Make your way through the picturesque setting and take in the views of nearby Peveril Castle, as you climb uphill along the trail and begin to exit the dale.
After 2.3 km of walking uphill, you will come to a junction with a lane that marks the end of the route. Turn back here and retrace your steps along the much easier downhill portion of the trail, keeping right at all the junctions in order to re-enter the dale. As you descend the hillside, you will have a spectacular view across the green undulating hills that are crowned by the 11th Century ruin of Peveril Castle.
After passing back through the rocky limestone outcrops of Cave Dale, head back between the buildings and make your way into the village of Castleton for a bit of exploration. For those looking to get up close and personal with the castle, there is a trail that sets out from the visitor’s centre that will take you uphill.
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Insider Hints for Cave Dale Walk
- Arrive early to secure parking, as this is a popular walk.
- Head over to the Peveril Castle visitor’s centre after you walk to learn more about the local history.
- Wear comfortable footwear, as the trail does climb uphill for a stretch.
Getting to the Cave Dale Walk Trailhead
To reach the trailhead for the Cave Dale Walk from Hathersage, drive west on Main Road/A6187 for 8.9 km and continue onto Back Street. Follow this for 0.2 km and keep straight on Bargate for 37 m to arrive at the trailhead.
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