Peveral Castle is situated on the top of a hill above a
cave called Peak Cavern (devils arse), Castleton,
Derbyshire. The castle dates back to the time of the Normans,
and with its strategic positioning it must have represented
quite a awesome challenge to any would be attackers.
Today there is quite substantial remains left, particularly
of the Norman keep which retains more or less its original
height. It as some of its original facing stone,
although mainly it is the rubble core that remains.
can be visited from Castleton by climbing many many steps from
the village up the side of the hill. I must admit it is
quite challenging, but if like myself you enjoy your history I
think that you will agree it was well worth it after having
visited. If nothing else incredible views over the valley
and village below are offered. The Castle today is looked
after and cared for by English Heritage.
Also while you are in
the area you may like to visit local caves and mines which are
situated in the Hope Valley at Castleton. The mines are
world famous because this is the only place in the world where
the mineral Blue John Spar is found. There are four show
caves/mines here, respectively called Peak Cavern (devils arse),
Treek Cliff Cavern, Blue John Mine, and Speedwell Cavern.
The latter Cavern was discovered when miners broke through into
a vast cavern which had a lake in its base. The
underground lake was named the bottomless pit as debris from the
mining was tipped into it without ever seeming to increase the
depth. It was latter discovered that the lake had a
natural overflow in it. This cavern also is unusual in
that you are transported through it by boat as the mine is
constantly flooded. The peak Cliff Cavern (devils arse)
which is situated directly below Peveral Castle has one of the
largest natural opening to a Cave in the world. At one
time it had a village with in its opening. The locals used
to make and sell rope for a living, and today the guides who
show you around the Cave still make and sell it as souvenirs.
Certainly there is plenty to do, see, and
visit in and around Castleton, I have visited this area many
times in the past and probably will do again in the future.
places of interest around this area are Matlock Bath click HERE,
Crich Tramway Museum click HERE,
Eyam (plague village) click HERE,
and Chatsworth House. To return to the top click HERE.