July 21st 2018.
After 5 or 6 weeks of almost continuous sunshine and dry weather we had a shower of rain last evening and today is a little cooler and clouds have built up slowly during the afternoon.
This morning we decided to walk to Castleton which is just over 2 miles away.
We walked there via a footpath across the fields from Hope, it was a pleasant walk with an interesting variety of stiles, gates, stone steps built into the dry stone walls etc to obstruct our way.
Castleton is situated at the head of the Hope Valley just before the limestone gorge of Winnats Pass which is definitely not motor home friendly. Towering above the village is Mam Tor at 517m high.
The area was first settled by the Celts although there has been evidence of earlier civilisations, they were superseded by the Romans who discovered and mined lead in the area. Overlooking the town is Peveril Castle bequeathed to William Peveril in 1086 by William the Conqueror.
Castleton is also known for the four underground caverns that surround the town that you can pay to visit, they are Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Peak Cavern.
BlueJohn and Treak Cliff caverns are famous for their mining of the semi precious stone a yellow and blue fluorspar called Blue John which is unique to this one place in the world and is made into jewellery and decorative items.
After we returned to the site we had a relaxing afternoon whilst Alison and Peter went off to ride their bikes on the Monsal Trail a eight and a half mile stretch of former railway line between Bakewell and Blackwell Junction near Buxton. It has several tunnels where lighting has been installed and the route resurfaced making it ideal for cycling.
Saturday night is chip van night on the site so we indulged ourselves in its wares instead of cooking an evening meal.