This is a dramatic drive with breathtaking scenery which goes from Castleton, up Winnat’s Pass and over to Edale before returning to Castleton via Hope. For information on the village and its history, call in at the Castleton Visitor Centre, which combines the village Historical Society’s Museum and the National Park Information Centre.
To the west of Castleton lies Mam Tor, locally known as the shivering mountain. Topped by an iron-age hill fort, who's ramparts are clearly still visible, this shale hillside looms large over the valley. From there runs The Great Ridge, past Hollins Cross to Losehill Pike at the eastern end. Overlooking the two valleys of Hope and Edale, and giving stunning views, Mam Tor Ridge is a popular local walk (inaccessible to wheelchair users).
This itinerary was created for the Accessible Castleton project, which was delivered by AccessibleUK and was funded by the Peak District National Park Authority via Defra's 'Access for All' programme.
Drive up Winnats Pass
On leaving Castleton village, take the left-hand road up to Winnat’s Pass. The road winds through a cleft, surrounded by towering limestone pinnacles. Experiencing Winnat’s Pass is an absolute must when you visit the Peak District National Park. The history of this pass is mind-blowing and feels like a scene from a film, as you climb out of the valley, as the road cuts through the hillside.
As you drive up Winnat’s pass, turn right, and after a short distance, turn right to Blue John Cavern. There is a car park overlooking the valley with magnificent views of Mam Tor, Losehill, Hope Valley, Castleton, Hope and, Bamford that lie before you. This is a great place to take a picnic and hopefully witness the many hang gliders that enjoy this part of the world.
Visit the scenic village of Edale
Return back to the junction and turn right continuing the drive. After passing the National Trust Mam Tor Car Park, a road turns right to Edale. Take this narrow road as it climbs over Mam Tor/Rushup Edge. The views are beautiful and in August, the heather turns the valley purple.
Continue on this road as it passes Barber Booth, where there is a further car park and picnic spot. Continue along this road passing Edale, then turn left into Edale village. There are many refreshments providers including Newfold Farm café (accessible toilet and level access) which has level access, an accessible toilet and free blue badge holder parking for those who are dining in the café. There are stunning views from the farm and the chance to enjoy wood-fired pizza, great coffee and good vibes.
There is step-free access via a portable ramp into the Rambler Inn, there is no accessible toilet, but there is one located in the Edale Moorland Visitor Centre which is also located in the centre of the village.
Head via Losehill House Hotel & Spa
Return to the main road and turn left and continue through the valley. You will find lovely views and you will pass Losehill Lane, which is home to Losehill House Hotel and Spa, one of Derbyshire’s best kept secrets. It has been developed into one of the finest boutique hotels and spas, being awarded the best country hotel of the year by The Sunday Times 2018. Although the spa and hotel rooms are not wheelchair accessible, the bar and restaurant, with an accessible toilet, provide a memorable dining experience in a unique and tranquil setting.
Return on to Edale Road and turn right, passing the Cheshire Cheese pub on your right before meeting the main road A6187 at Hope. Turn right, back to Castleton.
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