Speedwell Cavern circular walk from Castelton

A Castleton walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 23/03/18

This Peak District walk follows a relatively low level circuit of the head of the valley offering good views of the Great Ridge. You are also able to see the large landslip on the flank of Mam Tor.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h05[?]
Distance Distance : 5.89km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 156m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 157m
Highest point Highest point : 312m
Lowest point Lowest point : 190m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Castleton
Starting point Starting point : N 53.34315° / W 1.77816°
Download : GPX track

Description

(D)There is a large pay and display car park adjacent to the Tourism Information Centre at grid ref. SK149829. Exit the car park and 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. Here bear right and continue along The Stones which leads directly into Goosehill. Towards the end of this lane take the signed footpath (grid ref. SK147826) bearing right towards Speedwell Cavern with the wall to your immediate right. This path climbs gently offering good views to your right of the Castleton Ridge.

(1)Reaching the road by Speedwell Cavern (grid ref. SK139827), take the footpath almost opposite (just to your right). This leads through a field to a junction of paths (not too evident) where you turn right down to another road (grid ref. SK139828). Turn left along this road, which is the old main road to Buxton but now closed after the large landslip on the southern flank of Mam Tor. Continue along this road for just under a mile to reach the site of the landslip where an information board tells the story of what happened.

(2)Continue to the end of the tarmac (grid ref. SK132839) where the old road bends sharly to the left. Take the signed footpath on the right and follow a track to Mam Farm. Stay on the track past the farm to the next house. Keep to the right of this property following the path across a number of fields to reach a complex junction of paths and track just to the east of Woodseats (grid ref. SK137842). Follow the track eastwards for a short way until you reach a no access sign. Here take the path away from the track following a wall which should be immediately on your right to meet with one of the main paths leading up to the Castleton Ridge (grid ref. SK141841).

(3)Turn right here and follow the clear track which leads into Hollowford Road and takes you into Castleton. Reaching the main road, go straight ahead to turn right into Buxton Road and the car park.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Car park beside Tourism Information Centre
1 : km 1.64 - alt. km 1.64 - At road, take footpath opposite
2 : km 2.84 - alt. km 2.84 - Take signed footpath on right
3 : km 4.12 - alt. km 4.12 - Turn right and follow track
D/A : km 5.89 - alt. km 5.89 - Car park beside Tourism Information Centre

Useful Information

This circular walk starts from Castleton, which is a popular spot for tourists. There are plenty of opportunities for refreshment in the village either before you start the walk or after you have returned.

Please note that the walk can be very slippery in wet weather!

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

See map and elevation chart

Opinions and comments

Average

Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 2.33/4
Routemap quality : 2.67/4
Walk interest : 2.00/4
Global average : 2.33/4

PaulW1963
Walker
on Mon 16 Apr 2018 12:06:05 CEST : Re: Speedwell Cavern circular walk from Castelton

Date of walk : 16/04/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Good walk. We were very lucky with the weather on the day but, it was very heavy going through the mud. Would be an excellent walk with a nice dry week before hand.

TimH
Walker
on Wed 21 Mar 2018 18:57:05 CET : Re: Speedwell Cavern circular walk from Castelton

Date of walk : 20/03/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

At this time of year (March) you have to be prepared for ample mud and running water coming off the hills, and the occasional snowdrift. It was very slippy in places and its definitely only an easy walk in drier weather when the footing is better and more stable. That being said we went with our eyes open, wishing we had brought a pole or stick for support and thoroughly enjoyed our walk. Its all at relatively low level, but the slippiness in wet weather does need to be taken into account, particularly on the early part of the walk after leaving Castleton and getting onto the sloping fields.

Graham Carter
Walker
on Mon 19 Feb 2018 14:51:45 CET : Re: Speedwell Cavern circular walk from Castelton

Date of walk : 17/02/18
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very disappointing

Unfortunately due to all the rain we have had during the winter, the path was horrendously muddy, so much so you couldn't walk on it. Thereforetried walking like a goat on the slopes was a big mistake, as slipped 4 times in the mud, which my delightful hubby found very amusing. Gave up after an. Hour getting nowhere and went back to the car. Will try it again if we have a really hot summer, as I am sure the walk would be worth doing.

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