21 March 2006

Peveril Castle

Well, Castleton has changed a lot in the seven years or so since I last visited. The car park is much bigger (and also rip-off expensive at £3.00 for two hours - maximum stay two hours), there is a shiny new visitor centre (with rather less shiny toilets). Even the castle has a new visitor centre, before it was a garden-shed type of affair with an old man in it, now it has a two-storey stone building with a lift and two smiley happy people.

Needless to say the castle was the main point of interest...

Outside the keep...

...and inside the keep!

The castle (Peveril Castle) was established in the 11th century, and the square keep was built in 1176. Despite its royal status and strategic location, it was rarely (if ever) visited by the king and tended to be used as a hunting lodge and prison.

It certainly has commanding views of the Hope Valley, and is dramatically located on the edges of cliffs (including the 'Devil's Arse').

Mam Tor, the iron age hillfort, viewed from the castle.

Frustration with the digital camera was mounting, but I managed not to throw it over the cliff...

We resisted the temptation to have a cup of tea in Castleton, and instead headed off up Wynatt's Pass towards Chapel en-le Frith, and then back 'home' via Buxton.

1 comment:

Kpagesmith said...

Paul's comments throughout the day consisted of constant criticisms of all the new features in the Peak District, although after a while he admittted they were probably for the best, and loud exclamations about the camera!


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