APRIL 2018 – WALK EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK CHALLENGE – DAY 4
Peveril Castle (English Heritage) is a ruined 11th-century castle overlooking the village of Castleton in Derbyshire. It sits on top of a very steep hill, so be prepared for a steep hike up to it. The path is well maintained and there are few benches along the way to have a breather. I actually didn’t find it that bad as the path is laid out in horizontal sections that zig zag up the hill, so it is not a straight climb up.
At the top of the castle you will be rewarded with magnificent view overlooking Castleton and Mam Tor. There is a visitors centre which has a display about the castle’s history and the usual gifts.
The castle itself was founded in 1086 and remained in the hands of the Peverel family until 1155 when it was taken over by the Crown. It was granted to John of Gaunt by Edward III in the fourteenth century, thus becoming part of the Duchy of Lancaster, and remained in use until some time after 1400. The castle and the northern approach have been in State care since 1932 and the standing remains are a Grade I Listed Building.
Peveril Castle is an important and well-documented example of a tower keep castle and is one of a very small number nationally to be built of stone immediately after the Conquest. As a result, substantial sections of eleventh century masonry survive.
Look at that amazing view from the top of the castle!
When I was going back down it started to rain quite heavily and it looked like it would not stop. I decided to abandon the idea of going for a proper walk and instead I went for a walk around the village and over to Winnat Pass via a loop around Peak and Speedwell Caverns.
I still walked about 3 miles so I consider it as a proper walk. 🙂
Castleton is a charming village surrounded by hillsides and overlooked by Mam Tor (the shivering mountain) and the Peveril Castle, the village is popular for it’s show caves, Blue John stone, history, shops, Christmas lights, numerous walking routes and the annual garland ceremony in May. I went for lunch at the Three Roofs Cafe which was very nice. There is also the Blueberry Cafe at the Visitors Information Centre at the main car park.