Why visiting Castleton is the perfect day out and just down the road from Sheffield
Located in between the Dark Peak and White Peak, Castleton boasts some of the best scenery in the Peak District – which is no easy feat.
How do I get there from Sheffield?
If you are wanting to use public transport, you can either get a 271 (MH3) or 272 bus (MH2) from the Moorhead in Sheffield city centre. Alternatively, you can get the long stop train to Manchester from Sheffield railway station and get off at Hope, and get a 272 bus from there to Castleton.
And for those travelling in the car, you can go via the A625 and A6187. The journey range is approximately 35 – 50 minutes, when departing from Sheffield city centre.
What is there to do?
Peveril Castle, and the spectacular views of the Hope Valley you see by climbing to the top, is well worth your time. It is believed to be one of England’s earliest Norman castles.
Tickets cost £5.10 for adults, £3.40 for children and £4.60 for concessions.
A guided tour through Peak Cavern, also known as the Devil's Arse, is a must, and also includes a rope making demonstration. It has the longest natural cave entrance chamber in Britain, and also has a natural ampitheatre that is used to host music events. Post Covid, visitors are advised to book in advance and tickets currently cost £15 for adults, and £8 for children.
A 6.5 mile ridge walk from Castleton through to Mam Tor and then to The Great Ridge takes you through some truly epic parts of the Peak District. Go to https://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/ for further details of the route.
Where is good to eat and drink?
Rose Cottage café on Cross Street prides itself on “welcoming guests with a cosy haven in winter, while offering outside tables for in the summer.” They serve breakfast, lunch as well as a selection of cakes, and use local produce where possible.
The George on Castle Street in Castleton is well worth your time. It has a beautiful beer garden and has a menu of pub snacks that caters to vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.