Castleton stroller – a day’s walk through stunning Peak District scenery
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
1 - 2
Join us for a gentle 8 mile day walk through some of the finest scenery in the Peak District along a route that is jam-packed with variety.
This is one of our day walks which are perfect for trying-out the Large Outdoors’ experience – with gentle strolling that enables you to have a good natter to the guide to find out more about us as well as get to know other members of the group.
For this one we’ve picked the picture postcard village of Castleton as our starting point.
- Sunday 7th June 2020
- Saturday 4th July 2020
- Saturday 15th August 2020
- Saturday 3rd October 2020
- Saturday 2nd January 2021
We meet in the main Visitor Centre and Car Park (Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WP) where there’s ample parking and toilet facilities. Even in summer when this spot tends to fill up, there are plenty of other car parks within a 5 minute walk so worry ye not!
Once we’ve all congregated our guide will brief you on the day’s walk and give you the opportunity to ask any questions before we head out on a route of mainly bridleways and footpaths.
To begin with we follow the Limestone Way through impressive craggy scenery and the gorge of Cave Dale before emerging into true Dales landscape – rolling green hills and stone walls.
From there we begin our climb to reach the summit of Mam Tor (517 metres high), a peak more evocatively known as the Shivering Mountain. Don’t be put off by the name though as the climb is gentle and worth the extra effort once you reach the summit.
Here you can see how Mam Tor is on the edge of the Dark Peak (gritstone) and the White Peak (limestone) with fantastic views across the National Park including the gorge at Winnats Pass. Don’t forget to bring your camera as we’ll be enjoying our sandwiches on the top while we soak up those views.
Summit done and dusted we dip down the ridge to Hollins Cross lingering again to marvel at the views across to the Kinder Massif and the gentler dales scenery opening up the way back to Castleton.
From here we follow the ‘coffin road’ so-called as it was once used by mourners from Edale to reach Castleton’s church but today is a much happier route, we’re glad to say, as we stroll back with the prospect of finishing up at a tea room!
Good to know:
Meeting Location & time
Castleton Visitor Centre
Meeting time: 9am for a 9:15am
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: Dogs are allowed on this trip.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018