Cave Dale and Winnats Pass from Castleton

A Castleton walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 24/09/16

This Peak District walk from Castleton takes you south and crosses some typical limestone scenery, providing some good views across the valley to Castleton's Great Ridge. You walk through Cave Dale and are also descend through the dramatic Winnats Pass.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h40[?]
Distance Distance : 7.33km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 254m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 254m
Highest point Highest point : 445m
Lowest point Lowest point : 191m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Castleton
Starting point Starting point : N 53.34311° / W 1.77805°
Download : GPX track

Description

(D)Start at the car park adjacent to the Tourism Information Centre. Exit the car park, turn left along Buxton Road and walk as far as the T-junction. Turn right here along Back Street which leads to the Market Place. Bear left here and a short distance ahead you will see a footpath sign on your right (grid ref SK150827). This path climbs quite steeply at first and leads you into Cave Dale with Peveril Castle perched high above you on your right. The route is never in doubt as you follow this typical limestone dale south. This section of the route follows the Limestone Way.

(1)Reaching a junction of paths (grid ref. SK135813), leave the Limestone Way and turn right along a track. After 300 metres the track veers right and continues across undulating country passing Rowter Farm on your right. The views from this track are good with Mam Tor and the Castleton Ridge of particular note. Reaching a road (grid ref. SK126826) take the signed footpath opposite across a field (rough pasture with quarries). Just before reaching the next road (grid ref. SK125831) bear sharp right on the footpath leading south east. This path leads to a road (grid ref. SK127830).

(2)Cross the road and take the footpath opposite, passing Winnats Head Farm on your right, to reach the road at the top of Winnats Pass (grid ref. SK130828). Turn left down the road. Note there is a path on the grass on the left hand side of the road and you can enjoy the rugged limestone crags as you descend towards Speedwell Cavern. You have two options from here. Either follow the main road back into the centre of Castleton and the car park. There is a good footpath all the way into the village. Or you can avoid the road walking by taking the footpath that leaves the road on your right at grid ref. SK139827 and leads across fields into the village.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Castleton car park
1 : km 2.69 - alt. km 2.69 - Turn right at path junction
2 : km 5.06 - alt. km 5.06 - Cross road and take footpath
D/A : km 7.33 - alt. km 7.33 - Castleton car park

Useful Information

Castleton offers some excellent walking with many routes radiating from the village with many walkers immediately drawn to the Castleton Ridge to the north. This route takes you south and crosses some typical limestone scenery, providing some good views across the valley to Castleton's Great Ridge. There is a large pay and display car park adjacent to the Tourism Information Centre at grid ref. SK149829. There are plenty of opportunities for refreshment in the village either before you start the walk or after you have returned.

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Opinions and comments

Average

Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 3.75/4
Routemap quality : 3.25/4
Walk interest : 3.50/4
Global average : 3.50/4

Trishtate
Walker
on Mon 13 Aug 2018 10:57:32 CEST : Re: Cave Dale and Winnats Pass from Castleton

Date of walk : 13/08/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Very enjoyable

traba
Walker
on Mon 11 Jun 2018 20:50:46 CEST : Re: Cave Dale and Winnats Pass from Castleton

Date of walk : 10/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

johnhug
Walker
on Wed 06 Jun 2018 08:25:14 CEST : Re: Cave Dale and Winnats Pass from Castleton

Date of walk : 31/05/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Quite a long climb up from Castleton but very scenic throigh Cavedale. Some lovely views across to Mam Tor and the Hope Valley.
I would recommend this walk.

nealcheese123
Walker
on Tue 08 May 2018 08:56:21 CEST : Re: Cave Dale and Winnats Pass from Castleton

Date of walk : 07/05/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely, straightforward walk.

Despite being an easy walk, the first climb up Cave Dale is quite steep with slippery walks. Saw a few walkers struggling with the wrong foot wear, so be careful!

Once you're up on the fields, it is lovely and quiet.

Getting on to Winnats Pass was the weakest part of the walk. We had to walk down a busy road for a 100 or so metres. This is fine, but was not so restful.

See the full discussion on this walk to find out more.

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