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Cave dale, The limestone way & the great Ridge. 11.6 mIles

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Well the last two days of our week break took us the to the village of Castleton (Sk155825). This village lies in the hope valley, with Cave dale to one side and the great ridge to the other. We stopped in a lovely B&B called Dunsmore Farm (Sk142834) and braved the weather for a trip up into the hills. We have climbed the great ridge many times, so I planned a walking route into cave dale (Sk149824), which is a limestone valley and the start of the Limestone way. We had done a bit of this pathway last year called Lathkill Dale and that was a great little hike, and again this turned into a great but very long hard ramble. The path up cave dale starts to get steep, and due to the large amount of rain, water was running down very fast, this made for some dramatic views. As you walk up Cave dale you will see the remains of Peveril castle (Sk150827)which belongs to English heritage. The walls of the gorge slope up about 50 metres and you really feel enclosed in there, also you will find many caves and other interesting geological finds. The Dale was formed by Glacial waters over time and has cut a real deep valley, there is plenty of stone on the floor and it makes a easy climb. After a while we reached the top of the dale valley at about 421 metres and the weather cleared a bit and provided us with great vies towards the great ridge. We wanted to work around the Winnats pass and headed towards the cutting of the pass at mam tor it was a sharp climb to 517m up to the trig point on top of this massive hill (Sk127836) and the start of the great ridge. We then decided to do the lot and we headed down first to Hollins cross (Sk136845), Back Tor (Sk145849) and up to Lose hill (Sk152853), finally the steep drop down the side towards the village of Hope. It was then we made our way back towards Castleton. All in the walk was about 11.5 mile, we had a great time but we were both glad to get back home. Afterwards we made our way to the Ye old nags head for liquid refreshment, pints of both Wainright ale and Blacksheep Ale were consumed.

GPS data for the route we took.