Winnats Pass, Castleton
Since our weekend away at the end of September we've been staying closer to home. We enjoyed the visit from our grandson and heard about his weekend in Cumbria with some friends.
The weather had turned mainly wet and windy, but this didn't deter us from going over to the High Peaks area again and since we're always going there I've added some photos from other times.
Before we went into Castleton we drove up through Winnats Pass to show our grandson and his girlfriend something of this amazing passage through the limestone rocks. (Photos taken in summertime). Then we drove back down to the village
It was interesting to see the old photo on the information board on the green in the market place and compare it with today. I think it must have been taken before the Great War since the war memorial is not there.
The War Memorial
Looking towards Win Hill and the Vale of Edale
We walked up the lane towards Cave Dale and then back to the main street.
Back on the main street we took a look at the small shops that sell items of jewelry made from the semi-precious blue john mineral produced in their workshops and mined in Castleton.
It's also possible to visit several show caverns.
The wealthy once commissioned large ornaments made from blue john 'stone' and these would grace their stately homes. These items above can be seen in the grand dining room at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.