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This guide book will help you make the most out of your visit to Castleton and the Hope Valley and will be a souvenir to share with your family and friends. Areas also featured include Bamford, Hathersage & Edale.
Castleton’s fame lies in its splendid situation, surrounded by hills and standing at the geological junction of the White and Dark Peak at the head of the beautiful Hope Valley.
The little planned township dates from the 12th century, when it was laid out to a grid-iron plan beneath Peveril Castle inside a Town Ditch, parts of which can still be seen to the north, west and east of the village centre. But the village, which grew up in the shadow of William Peverel’s commanding castle on its crag between the precipitous gorges of Peak Cavern and Cave Dale, never quite filled the boundaries laid down by its planners.
Castleton owes its fortune to Peverel’s masterful choice for the siting of his castle, which was probably primarily built to control the countryside and in particular his lead mining interests in the area, but also to administer his hunting preserve of the 40-square-mile Royal Forest of the Peak.
Today, the village of Castleton depends largely on the tourist trade for its livelihood, and the four show caves of Peak Cavern, Treak Cliff, Speedwell and Blue John receive thousands of visitors every year.Released: March 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 216 x 136mm
Author: Bradwell Books