Our Circular Walk via Speedwell Cavern winnats pass

Our Circular Walk via Speedwell Cavern

Another one of our favourite Sunday strolls is our circular walk via Speedwell Cavern. On this particular damp early December day, we had mist in the valley that was rising and clinging to the hills as it did so; a stunning bit of scenery for the perfect winter walk. This is a great hike to burn off some steam before your Sunday roast and our little dog Shiner loves it too. The walk will take you about 1 + 1/2 hours  and is just over 3 miles.

Leaving the house, walking up through the village in the direction of Winnats, we passed the Devil’s Arse car park. You then have to keep an eye out to the right for a tiny narrow footpath that leads between a building and a wall on the opposite side of the road to the car park. This will lead us into a number of fields which you continue to walk over until you reach a tarmac road with a cattle grid. We followed the waymarker for Winnats Pass by turning left up the tarmac road until you reach the main road. At this point you turn right and then immediately left which leads you through Speedwell Cavern car park.  At the road take the footpath ahead onto the High Peak Estate of Longcliffe (cross with care as this is a busy road).

This bit of the walk can be a bit sticky with mud so remember your walking boots; but wow! The fantastic views of the village and beyond are worth taking in. You then follow the footpath which leads you down Goosehill back into the village.

Our Circular Walk via Speedwell Cavern goosehill

Pindale Walk, Castleton

Castleton to Hope via Pindale Walk

Pindale Walk – This is a perfect 3 mile weekend walk for some fresh air and to blow the cobwebs away. The route provides beautiful views of the valley, a peaceful atmosphere and avoids the heavy weekend traffic.

Stepping out the cottage, go up the village towards the primary school and walk past The Nags Head Hotel. Head to the  Market Place and bear left following the road towards Pindale.

At the turning circle follow fork to the left keeping on the lane, going through the woods and past The Pindale outdoor centre. Eventually, you will reach Hope cement works where the lane brings you to the wide works road; there’s no footpath here so take care! Enjoy the fantastic views to your left.

Drop down the hill and take the footpath on the left waymarked Castleton which you will find just before the bridge going into Hope village. Alternatively, you can can stop off for a break at The Old Hall pub for a drink and bite to eat.

Continuing on the walk, follow the footpath beside the river, over the furlongs back to Castleton; an easy end to your walk  (walking boots/wellies advised for this part as it can be muddy at times).

Pindale walk, Castleton furlongs