Using our English Heritage membership, we first chose to visit Peveril Castle. The blurb says "A climb to the castle at the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Hope Valley is a highlight of a family day out in Castleton." And they're not wrong.
|View from one of the windows of Peveril Castle Keep|
|The Keep of Peveril Castle|
|Looking over the castle walls to Cave Dale. Doesn't that look like a wonderful place to walk|
|Another fine view.|
Derbyshire Blue John is only found under Treak Cliff Hill near Castleton. It's a stone of many colours and patterns and can be carved and into all sorts of household ornamental items. It became extremely popular in the 19th century for those who could afford it, see link for more info: http://www.bluejohnstone.co.uk/
There are a couple of Blue John mines open to visitors. We chose The Treak Cliff Cavern. We had to wait for the next scheduled tour, but once inside we were well entertained by the guide, who was also one of the few miners permitted to continue the delicate process of easing the precious stone out from the surrounding rock. We did enjoy our tour, although, in comparison to other mines we visited, there wasn't a lot too this one.
But I love stalagmites and stalactites and all the underground formations. Wonderful.