Eldon Hill - Peak District Walk

Friday 18th April 2014

Having struggled to find a parking space in Castleton and feeling like we were following a queue of people up Cave Dale we were pleasantly surprised to meet very few people on the rest of the walk. A good reason for exploring some new places and footpaths.

Start: Castleton car park (SK1496 8298)

Route: Castleton car park - Cave Dale - Old Moor - Oxlow Rake - Old Dam - Eldon Lane - Eldon Hole - Eldon Hill - Rowter Farm - Cow Low - Castleton car park

Distance: 7.5 miles     Ascent: 469 metres      Time Taken: 5 hours

Terrain: Good paths one steep descent.

Weather: Warm and sunny

Pub Visited: Castle Inn, Castleton    Ale Drunk: Pure Ubu, Purity Brewery

Route Map >>


Cave Dale

Our walk began on familiar territory as we enter Cave Dale.

Peveril Castle

Peveril Castle sits above Cave Dale.

Peveril Castle

I always struggle to decide which of these two shots of the castle I like best so today they are both going in.

Old Moor

Once we reached the top of Cave Dale we left the crowds behind as we continued along the Limestone Way across Old Moor.

Oxlow Rake

Looking back to Old Moor as we start along Oxlow Rake.

Oxlow Rake

Walking along Oxlow Rake the scenery changes from moorland to farmland.

Old Dam

Looking across Old Dam towards Gautries Hill.

Eldon Hill

Looking towards Eldon Hill from Old Dam Lane.

Eldon Hole

We cut across Eldon Hill to take a look at Eldon Hole,
although I didn't venture too close.

Eldon Hill

A rare sight in the Peak District, a summit cairn at the top of Eldon Hill.

Mam Tor

We had lunch at the summit enjoying the views across to a crowded Mam Tor summit.

Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge across Eldon Hill.

Brown Knoll

Behind us Brown Knoll and South Head were also visible.

Win Hill

Win Hill as we dropped down into Castleton.

Stanage Edge

Looking across the top of Cave Dale towards Stanage Edge.

This old building caught my eye as we followed the path above Cave Dale.

Lose Hill

Lose Hill remained in sight for most of the descent back to Castleton.


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