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Outdoors Peak District

Hidden among the southern hills of the Pennines lie ancient stone villages, stately homes, and rocky outcrops attracting cavers, walkers and climbers alike.
A view of the Wye Valley from Monsal Head, on the Monsal Trail

Natural wonders


The limestone sections of the Peak District are riddled with caves and caverns, particularly around Castleton. Peak Cavern is easily reached by a pretty streamside walk from Castleton centre and has the largest natural cave entrance in England, known as the Devil’s Arse. Inside, dramatic limestone formations are lit with fibre-optic cables (; Castleton; £10.25).


Striking Winnats Pass is a collapsed cave system, once a coral reef canyon. Sheer-sided cliffs frame a lovely green valley, footpaths abound, and it’s here that you’ll find the entrance to Speedwell Cavern – a cave reached via an eerie boat ride through flooded tunnels, emerging by a huge subterranean lake (; Castleton; £11, inc Peak Cavern £17).

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