GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cave Dale

4 miles (6.5 km)

A circular walk from Castleton visiting the striking Cave Dale and Pin Dale in the Peak District. The imposing gorge was formed by glacialmeltwater carving a deep narrow valley in the local limestone. There's some wonderful limestone scenery and great views of the Derbyshire Dales countryside from the high points. The walk climbs to a height of over 1400ft (426m) so it is quite a challenging hike.
The route starts in the popular village of Castleton where you enter the dale through a narrow rocky opening near the village centre. You then head south past the ruins of Peveril Castle, using a section of the Limestone Way long distance trail. The11th century castle was founded some time between theNorman Conquestof 1066 and its first recorded mention in theDomesday Surveyof 1086. From its elevated position you can enjoy great views over the Hope Valley.
You follow the waymarked trail through Cave Dale for just under 2 miles before turning east and then north to Dirtlow Rake. You'll pass a series of disused mines before coming to Pin Dale where there's some lovely scenery.
At Pin Dale Farm you turn west and follow country lanes back in to Castleton.
To extend your walking in the Castleton area you could try our Castleton Circular Walk. This visits some of the other highlights of the area including Mam Tor, Winnats Pass, Hollins Cross and Lose Hill.
You could also head east from Castleton and explore the beautiful Hope Valley where there's nice trails along the River Derwent.
You could also continue south along the epic Limestone Way and visit the Derbyshire Dales around Buxton.

Cave Dale Postcode

S33 8WS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Cave Dale OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cave Dale Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Castleton, Market Square and war memorial - - 1215088

Castleton, Market Square and war memorial

Cave Dale from Peveril Castle - - 429662

Cave Dale from Peveril Castle

On Dirtlow Rake near Hollandtwine mine - - 1507771

On Dirtlow Rake near Hollandtwine mine

Limestone Way at the bottom of Cave Dale - - 416908

Limestone Way at the bottom of Cave Dale

Pin Dale - - 209707

Pin Dale

Pindale Cave - - 209712

Pindale Cave

Down Pin Dale - - 1485234

Down Pin Dale

Lose Hill from Pindale Farm - - 210520

Lose Hill from Pindale Farm


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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