Pubs and services
Six friendly pubs serving home cooked food and an Italian restaurant in Castleton village 1 mile, post office/newsagents, general store. Spar shop in Hope (8am - 10 pm), 2 cafes, Chinese restaurant, Indian restaurant, pizza delivery, art/craft gallery - and the fish and chips shop is 5 miles
Walking from the door
Glorious walking from the front door to Mam Tor ridge, Castleton's caverns or up the Edale valley and on to Win Hill towards Derwent and Ladybower - or down the valley past the Roman fort site to Hathersage and Stanage Edge.
Eyam (5 miles) - has village heritage and Eyam Hall is well worth a visit.
Both Manchester and Sheffield are accessible by train from Hope station (2.5 miles).
Bakewall and Buxton are both within 12 miles. Buxton has an excellent Arts Festival in July and the Buxton Opera House has some amazing shows from Buddy Holly and the Cricketers to Madame Butterfly.
Fishing, golf, summer swimming, gliding and climbing all within 5 miles. Pony trekking 5 miles in Edale
The art of scrambling takes a while to perfect. It's a type of climbing that falls between hill walking and rock climbing and is a method of going up ridges and rocky faces. The difference here
though is that you scramble up your route with your hands used at all times, as well as your feet in the ascent. Sometimes ropes are necessary on harder scrambles, but usually it's just you and your
body to get you through.
Peak District scrambling is all about climbing up and sustaining rock contact all the way up to the summit. The Peak District is great for exploring all its fantastic contorted rock formations and it has many stunning geographical features which can be walked on, climbed on, bouldered on - but the art is to learn when and how to put your hands down.
The Peak District is an area really rich in walking and rock climbing routes but it's not known for its scrambles - particularly for beginners. It's great territory for learning the basics and dealing with different types of rock before you move onto full on scrambles. Places such as Carl Wark, Higger Tor, The Roaches and Crowden Tower are great places to learn the sport and not get hurt.
Peak District scrambling is all about training your body to respond instinctively to the feel of rock and its movement under your hands and feet. It will teach you the risks while you're still in a controllable and comfortable environment. Always go with a partner who can help you if you get stuck or twist your ankle. The rocks will tumble down if you go at it too hard, and Peak District scrambling means the element of danger is always near.