Mines & Caverns
Blue John Cavern, just outside Castleton, is home to eight of the fourteen known varieties of the stunning Blue-John Stone. Traditional methods in mining are still used here. The cavern is steeped in a history which you can share by taking a guided tour. Then perhaps a visit to the Craft Shop in Castleton to purchase a special souvenir.
Treak Cliff Cavern has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the deposits on the visitor route are now preserved. There is still mining in the areas not used by visitors and fine jewellery, bowls and ornaments are on sale in the Castleton Gift Shop. Guided tours are run throughout the year and Carols by Candlelight are very popular making booking essential!
Speedwell Cavern can be found at the foot of Winnats Pass just outside Castleton. This is not for the fainthearted or claustrophobic! There is a stairway descent of 105 steps, then a boat ride through the underground canal. It can be quite cold so always be prepared with coats! An amazing boat ride which opens into a network of caverns and underground rivers.
Peak Cavern is in the village of Castleton. Accessed through a riverside walk passing miners cottages and opening out into a stunning limestone gorge with the ruins of Peveril Castle high above. Within the entrance there are the remains of ancient communities. Each year there are Christmas carol concerts held in the entrance chamber with mince pies and mulled wine to warm your bones!