Walk #19: Castleton circular via Lose Hill and Mam Tor
Map of the walk
Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.
This was a short walk along familiar terrain; I love the Castleton area, as apparently do many other people. The ridge walk from Lose Hill to Mam Tor is a classic; accessible and easy walking combined with superb views. I extended my usual walk slightly by heading south from Mam Tor to the Limestone Way, and then heading back to Castleton via the sublime Cave Dale.
I spent a little while looking around Castleton before going back to my car. Castleton is a very touristy place and can get very crowded, but it was not too bad today, despite it being May. I love the place nonetheless, and it is one of the places that I miss most in my home county.
From Castleton head eastwards out of the village before heading past Losehill Hall and across fields up to the summit of Lose Hill. From Lose Hill turn west and follow the ridge via Hollins Cross up to Mam Tor.
From Mam Tor head south until you reach a farm track at SK126826. A track heads southeastwards for nearly a mile until it ends at a track. Turn left along this track for a short distance until the Limestone Way is met at SK135813. From here simply follow the Limestone Way northeastwards for the descent into Castleton.
This makes a total distance of 7.7 miles, with 1670 feet of ascent and 1670 feet of descent.
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