Local attractions in the Peak District
Castleton is a pretty village most famous for its caverns, Blue John, Peak Cavern, Treak Cliff and Speedwell all
of which are open to the public.
- The Blue John cavern is the home of the Blue John Stone. Castleton is the only place in the world where Blue John Stone is to be found.
- Peak Cavern is the only true cave lying directly beneath Pevril Castle. There is a spectacular entrance to the cavern, which said to be the largest cave entrance in the British Isles.
- Speedwell Cavern is situation at the foot of Winnats Pass. After descending a flight of 105 steps you board a boat to continue your journey along the underground canal to the Bottomless Pit.
- Treak Cavern is considered the most beautiful of Castleton's caverns as this cavern has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Blue John Stone is still mined here out of site of the visitors.
Peveril Castle stands on the hill overlooking Castleton. The castle was originally built by William Peverel who was a favourite knight of William the Conqueror who made him bailiff of the royal manors in north western Derbyshire. King Henry II built the stone keep in 1176. The castle still stands today and is open to the public.
Chatsworth House is owned by the Duke of Devonshire and is one of the top tourist attractions in the area. The House was originally built in the 16th century, however none of the original house remains. The First Duke rebuilt the house between 1686 and 1707, Joseph Paxton designed the gardens and later the 4th Duke engaged 'Capability' Brown. The House and gardens are open to the public at certain times during the year.
Ladybower Reservoir is situated in the Upper Derwent Valley and was opened in 1945 by King George
VI. To build the reservoir two villages had to be flooded and they can still be seen on occasions when the
water level is particularly low. The two Derwent Dams were used during the Second World War to perfect the
'bouncing bombs' technique. The memorial museum in the west tower of the Derwent Dam tells the story of the
Dambusters. Ladybower is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has a cycle hire centre at Fairholmes. The
reservoir attracts cyclists, walkers, runners and people just wanting to enjoy a picnic in the "Lake
District of the Peak".
Eyam was made famous by the villagers' heroic actions during the plague in 1665. The plague started when a damp packet of cloth arrived from London and was dried in front of the fire. The Rector of Eyam persuaded the villages to quarantine themselves to prevent the spread of the disease. The disease was contained within the village but the village lost 260 out of its 800 residents. Today there are many plaques on the walls of buildings commerating the events of 1665.
Edale is a village surrounded by Kinder Scout to the north and a ridge of hills to the south. Kinder Scout is the start of the Pennine Way, which goes from Edale along the Pennine hills for over 250 miles north to the Scottish Border. The walk attracts thousands of walkers each year.
Bakewell is one of the oldest market towns in the area and still holds its markets every Monday. However Bakewell is most famous for Bakewell Puddings, which can be bought in local shops in the town. The village lies on the river Wye and has several nice walks along the river and through the town.
These are a few of the local attractions that bring visitors back to the Peak District each year but hopefully they will have whetted your appetite for exploring the area yourselves.