This area has numerous caverns and deep valleys (or ‘dales’) carved out of the local limestone rock. Castleton Caverns are rightly famous and a popular visitor atraction.
The scenery is spectacular and it is an ideal area for walking. The deep-cut valley of Cave Dale begins at the very centre of the village and is the starting-point for many excellent walks.
On the north side of Hope Valley there is a ridge of low hills including Mam Tor, Back Tor and Lose Hill, which are also excellent places for a walk, and beyond this lies Edale – the starting point of the Pennine Way – and Kinder Scout, which is one of the finest of the gritstone moorlands for which the Peak District is famous.
To the south of Castleton there a numerous limestone dales with fine scenery and excellent walking. Dovedale, with its wonderful landscape, is less than 20 miles from Castleton.
You can enjoy a fine, easy walk along this magnificent valley, from the picture-postcard village of Ilam to the bustle of the cheese-making village of Hartington.