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Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club
On Sunday (29th November 2009) the members of the popular Sutton Rambling Club will be enjoying spectacular scenery around the Castleton area of the Dark Peak. There will be an opportunity to appreciate the delightful Christmas atmosphere of Castleton village at the end of the ramble.
There will be a choice of rambles:
The main walk will be a pleasant 8.5 mile circular route commencing in Castleton (grid ref SK 150828) Initially we will head south along the Limestone Way passing by the towering fortress of Peveril Castle which dates back to 1175. The route then takes us through the beautiful steep-sided secluded valley of Cave Dale. As we reach the top of the dale we should be rewarded with excellent views of Peveril Castle and the Hope Valley.
On leaving the dale we continue along the Limestone Way across open grassy moorland and then fork right along Oxlow Rake and past the Old Dam. The morning section of the walk is completed when we reach Peak Forest village where we will enjoy a 40 minute lunch break with refreshments available.
In the afternoon we move northwards to visit one of the original "7 wonders of the Peak" namely Eldon Hole once considered to be the ENTRANCE TO HELL. It is reputed to be Derbyshire's deepest pothole with a depth of 55m approx and was discovered in 1780. After pausing for a few moments to look into the gaping Maw we make a steady ascent to the top of Eldon Hill which is the highest limestone hill north of the River Wye At 1540 feet above sea level it is a good vantage point for wide-ranging views.
The route then takes us across to Windy Knoll where there will be a choice of walks.The enthusiastic members of the party will take the popular high level sweep across Mam Tor and Hollins Cross before descending to Castleton to rejoin the main party. The main walk passes by Windy Knoll Cave and then gradually descends back towards Castleton via the Blue John Caverns and the Treak Cliff Caverns where we will take the opportunity to have a mid afternoon 15 minute break at the cafeteria.
To finish,we take the level path past Speedwell Cavern and then continue downhill drawn along by the twinkling lights of Castleton just ahead of us.
The McEwens coach leaves the "Staff Of Life " pub on Hack Lane in Sutton-in-Ashfield at 9.15 am and the Bancroft Lane end,Stockwell Gate (near the Netto supermarket) in Mansfield at 9.30am.There are other pick up points en route.
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