As I mentioned at the weekend, I spent a lovely afternoon in the Peak District village of Castleton last week. So, I thought I’d share a few snaps that I took along the way. (It really is very pretty there, after all.)
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A sunny afternoon in Castleton
Being a (Mid) Derbyshire lass, the Peak District is a stone’s throw away. Castleton is only around an hour away from me, so you’d think I’d make more of an effort to venture up there more than about once a year, wouldn’t you?
I love going up to Castleton, mainly because it’s so beautiful. And, despite the fact that it’s a bustling tourist destination, it still maintains that peaceful feel. It’s quite the haven, really.
While we were there, we picked up some Blue John jewellery from one of the many jewellers in Castleton. (If you didn’t know, Blue John is a rare mineral that’s only found in this part of the world! Yet another reason to love Derbyshire.)
Aside from the trip to ASD Jewellers, and a trip to the pub too, (slightly more on that below…) there wasn’t a great deal that we did other than having a good wander around the village.
We just took in the gorgeous scenery. It was blissful.
Having been down two out of the three caves that the Peak District village has to offer before, we decided against doing that again. And none of us were feeling energetic enough for a stride up Mam Tor either… So, instead, we wandered leisurely around the village, stopping for occasional photo opportunities (including a fair few minutes stood outside *that* cottage that’s now Instagram-famous) while we were there. We kept things calm, and slow, but enjoyable.
Before wandering back along the main road (Cross Street) to the Visitor Centre car park, we decided it was wise to grab much-needed refreshments in one of the pubs. We opted for Ye Olde Nags Head for a non-alcoholic beverage. We’d worked up quite a thirst with all that walking around in the heat! As for the pub? It was very homely in there, and the staff were lovely too – I mean, I’d give it more of a review if I were a pub connoisseur, but I’m really not!
If you’ve never been to Castleton before, you can find a little more info on the Visit Peak District website here.
What’s your favourite Peak District destination?