Treak Cliff Cavern, Mam Tor, Castleton, Hope Valley, England
The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages
Treak Cliff Cavern
|The Castleton Caverns comprise The Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern, Speedwell Cavern (all clustered around the Winnats pass) and the great Peak Cavern, just outside Castleton village.|
Treak Cliff cavern is higher up the old Mam Tor road and contains a range of nice stalactite and stalagmite formations. It is open all year. The cave was originally a mine, dug mainly to mine Blue John, which is still mined here. The initial sections of the cave pass through the old mine workings and veins of Blue John (which is a fluorspar discoloured by blue and yellow impurities, much used for jewellery) can clearly be seen in the walls. In 1926 the miners broke through into natural caverns beyond, and these have some fine natural formations, which have been christened by names such as the Frozen Waterfall and Alladin's Cave.
How to get there
from the A6 Manchester-Buxton road at Chapel-en-le-Frith branch off on the minor road (formerly A625) to Mam Tor, and from there take the steep narrow road down Winnats Pass to reach Castleton. Treak Cliff Cavern is on the left as you reach the major road at the foot of Winnats Pass. From the A6 at Bakewell take the B6001 to Calver and Grindleford, then fork left to follow the River Derwent to Hathersage, where you turn left again and follow the A6187 to Castleton. Treak Cliff Cavern is 1km out through the other side of the village. From Shefffield, take the A621 to Fox House, continue to Hathersage and then pick up the A6187 as above.
By Bus: the 200 bus from Chapel-en-le-Frith goes to Castleton via the Winnats Pass - alight at the foot of the pass. From Sheffield take the 272 bus to Castleton and walk from the village. From Bakewell, take the 173 bus to Tideswell or Litton and there pick up the 174 Baslow-Castleton bus.
When is it open?
Open daily from March to October 10.00am to 4.20pm and from November - February from 10.00 to 3.20pm. Closed December 25th and 26th.
What does it cost?
Adult £9.75/ Child £5.20/ Family Ticket £26.50/ Concession £8.75
For Group Rates please call 01433 620571.
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