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Castleton, like many attractions in Derbyshire, has a nickname; 'Gem of the Peaks'. The village lies between the Dark and the White Peak areas of the Peak District. There are 4 spectacular caverns awaiting visitors: the Blue John, Speedwell, Peak and Treak cliff Caverns. Between them they present a dazzling display of stalactites and stalagmites. Blue John, a translucent fluorspar peculiar to this area has been mined since Roman times and today 5cwt of stone a year is chiefly made into jewellery for tourists.

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The George Hotel, Hathersage

....in the centre of Hathersage village in the heart of the Peak District, a Derbyshire hotel ideally located for walking, bird-watching and cycling, about 5 miles east of Castleton.

....featuring contemporary décor, award-winning cuisine with friendly and unobtrusive service.

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Peak Cavern is in the centre of the village, underneath Peveril Castle. It has the largest natural cave entrance in Britain and the second largest in the world. Speedwell Cavern, at 600' below ground, is the deepest cave accessible to the public in Britain. Venture down 100 dripping steps and take the boat - ride through a quarter mile- long tunnel that was blasted out in search of lead. At the end lies the Bottomless pit, a pool where 40,000 tons of mining rubble were dumped without raising the water level. The village itself is a delightful cluster of stone cottages and interesting inns, ringed by the limestone hills. It sits beneath the protection of a castle keep known as Peveril Castle. Built in Norman times by William I's illegitimate son William Peveril, it was to protect the king's rights to the forest that then covered vast areas of the Peak District.

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Castleton - Local Information. Blue John Cavern 01433 620638 - Peak Cavern Ltd 01433 620285 - Peveril Castle (English Heritage) 01433 620613 - Speedwell Cavern Ltd 01433 620512 - Treak Cliff Cavern 01433 620571 - Please use links below for attractions in this area

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