1 Dec 2017

A visit to Castleton, Derbyshire

Hello everyone.  I hope that all is well with you. Today we woke up to a light sprinkling of snow that fell in the night, but thankfully it melted quickly as the sun came out. However, it has turned very cold where we live which is quite high up on a hill. Fortunately our village is in the lee of the surrounding hills so we are more sheltered than most people in this area.


Yesterday we decided that the weather would be suitable for a drive out to Castleton, Derbyshire as we wanted to see the Christmas Tree Festival which takes place in St. Edmund's Church.  We like to go to Castleton whenever we can and going there around about Christmas time is becoming a tradition with us especially when we have family members coming to  visit us. We might go again when our daughter comes up from Berkshire to stay over the Christmas period depending on the weather.  It can get misty and vulnerable to snow on the High Peaks of the Peak District National Park and the windy roads can get icy.



We passed by Ladybower Reservoir, turning left to Hope Valley and leaving the road which goes on to Snake Pass which is one of the routes to Manchester. Snake Pass is often closed when there are snow falls and yesterday there was a notice to say that there was ice on the road. 









After parking the car we walked up to Cave Dale which leads to the Limestone Way trail. We didn't venture very far as it was wet and muddy where water was coming down from the surrounding hills and flowing along the path - a natural channel for it. I expect the puddles also get icy at this time of the year, but the trail is still accessible for  hill walkers and locals who were taking their dogs for a walk.   











Castleton was relatively quiet because we had got there by late morning and, therefore, a good time to take a look around at the streets and shop windows that are always decorated for the season.  However, we had half an hour to wait before the church opened for  visitors and it was very cold walking around so we went and had a warming drink in one of the inns.  



There are over fifty Christmas trees to see each one dressed by a local organisation. Each year the decorations are different and imaginatively dressed with ornaments and other hangings that reflect the activities and contribution to the local area of each society or group.
As you can imagine, I took many photos and will share some more next time.BBC television viewers might like to know that a team were in Castleton and area yesterday making a Christmas edition of Countryfile all about Castleton as it's well known for the caves and mining of Blue John stone, the way it celebrates local traditions and decorates the streets during the festive season in December and new year which makes it look even more picturesque. We were told by people who were providing refreshments that it will be broadcast on 17th December.  I'll be checking my television magazine to make sure it's that date. We usually watch Countryfile as part of our viewing on a Sunday evening.

Wishing you a good day and a peaceful weekend. Ours will be a busy one with family activities planned. Thank you in advance for your visit to my blog and hopefully I'll share more of our time in Castleton next week.


38 comments:

  1. thanks for the sights I will never see, love the snake pass and the trail that is muddy and those stone buildings are wonderful. that is a lot of trees in one place, would love to SEE them other than photos

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    1. I would like to go further up that trail, but not this time of the year! Our hill walking grandson no 1 wants to to it, planned it for this year, but it didn't happen. He's young and fit so there's always another time for him....

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  2. The weather looked perfect.. if a little on the chilly side! It must be wonderful to visit at this time of year, when there are so few people about. It's the same in Devon, we can go to places that are packed out in summer and have whole beaches to ourselves.

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    1. I like cold and bright days - much more healthy - but have to be careful re. icy roads and paths. I expect weekends will be busy in Castleton in the next few weeks, being a hot spot for visitors. Like you we can get out during the week when places are not crowded although I think you have a lot on in the house at the moment. I'll be over to catch up with your news soon.

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  3. Beautiful scenery and Christmas decorations. Today we got heavy snow fall, not a light sprinkling :) But the snow makes me feel quite Christmassy and that is very welcome. Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Snow looks pretty and festive. However, I'm sure you get a lot of it during the winter months. Have a lovely week yourself.

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  4. The Christmas trees look lovely and it was a perfect day for the drive over the hills. I wonder if there'll be snow this Christmas? Jx

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    1. It was a good day to be out in the Derbyshire countryside. I was surprised there wasn't any snow up by Treak Hill and Winnat's Pass. I hope we're not in for a hard Winter. Thanks for your coming by Jan.

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  5. What a welcoming sight that wonderful fire is inside the inn - no signs of snow here but it is very chilly.

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    1. We were glad to sit by the fire for a while. It was good to be out-and about, but also nice to be inside in the warm inn where the decorations made the snug look very festive.

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  6. Ooh, I LOVE Castleton so it was nice to see this! Aren't the Christmas trees lovely!

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    1. Castleton is a favourite place as you might know if you're a regular reader of this blog! I hope you have a restful weekend and I'll catch up with your news soon.

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  7. Very nice trip to see the Christmas Trees. There is a church near where I live does this or at least did a few years ago

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    1. Hello Bill. Christmas Tree Festivals in aid of charity or to celebrate community life have become popular. Maybe you'll go and see one in your area this year? Have a good weekend.

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  8. Lindas imagens. Bom fim de semana.

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    1. Thank you Sandra. Wishing you a good week also.

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  9. It truly looks like a wonderful trip that you went on, I love road trips, and England is one of the most beautiful places to take one! Have a great weekend, Tammy

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    1. Hello Tammy. It's good to see you here. I know you love England so I'm glad to share some of the places near where I live. All the best to you and yours.

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  10. Isn't it all so beautiful. I have happy memories of our holidays around the area so it was great to see your photos as we haven't been for a while. I'll have to look out for the Christmas trees on Countryfile and on your blog too of course.

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    1. It's a beautiful area and we're fortunate to be on the border with Derbyshire. We're looking forward to seeing the special edition of Countryfile and we're wondering what they'll feature in the programme.

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  11. Your drive to Castleton looks wonderful. It's a lovely village and always so festive at this time of year. We used to go up close to Christmas to see the trees and decorations down the main street but haven't been to do that for ages. The pub you went in looks cosy, just right for warming you through in time to visit the church and all those lovely christmas trees. I'm tempted to go up there again to see them:)

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    1. Usually we leave a visit to Castleton until later in December when the lights are switched on and our daughter is here with us. We wanted to go early this year because the Christmas Tree Festival is only on until 16th December and the weather was good for a trip out that way. The church opens 12.30 pm not 12 noon as on the website. It's lovely that there are so many trees outside each establishment and the place has an old-fashioned look for the festive season.

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  12. Some stunning pictures of the Peak District here. Loved hearing about Derbyshire being a mass of caves, I really must go one of these days. I loved Castleton and those Christmas trees. Just lovely. Enjoy your family time, I shall watch that episode of Countryfile. xxx

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    1. Thank you Dina. We enjoyed our family time this weekend. I hope you had a good one yourself.

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  13. Lovely views of Derbyshire.
    Have a nice and peaceful weekend you too!

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  14. Charming district my friend .
    you captured the vies so brilliantly to give glimpse of the city ,beautiful and serene !!!

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  15. I liked the views on the way to the destination. The Christmas trees in the church are cute and I like the idea. * I am after surgery, successful, at home and I train a lot to be fit. Regards.

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    1. All the best as you prepare for the operation and I wish you a good recovery and complete healing.

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  16. What a lovely drive - it was beaut to see all that gorgeous scenery. A great place for a walk as well. Amazing caves there! A warm drink would definitely have been very welcome I'm sure :D)

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    1. It was a good drive out into beautiful countryside. I'm glad to have been able to share with you. Have a good week!

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  17. Amazing scenery Linda. You do live in a beautiful area. I imagine your daughter must love visiting. The Christmas trees look so much fun such a wonderful thing to see. Have a lovely new week.

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    1. Thank you. Wishing you a lovely week also.

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  18. It is so enjoyable to view your pictures. A lovely drive, path, architecture and Christmas decor. Thank you for visiting me and I am now following you. I wish you a very nice week.

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    1. Thank you Mildred. Wishing you a good week also.

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  19. What a wonderful drive and walk on the way to Castleton. I must say when I saw the name "Castleton" I thought of a favorite tea I drink from the Castleton Estate in Darjeeling, India. Now I know there is another Castleton.

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    1. That's interesting Marilyn. I know you love your different varieties of tea!

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