29 May 2016
Second day and second hike! This day we chose the Lord’s Seat and Eldon Hill hike, which starts and ends in the village of Castleton, one of the more touristy places in the Peak District. Still a beautiful and very picturesque old village though.
The first part of the hike was a climb up some grassy hills, towards the peak of Mam Tor. The route was beautiful with views over Castleton and the Hope Valley. We also passed some old mines, but they all required entry fees so we decided not to enter.
Passing just below the peak of Mam Tor, we continued along a ridge before descending into the next valley where the route passed through farmland. The last part of the hike went uphill again, taking us through meadows and moors before ending where it began in Castleton.
We had a well deserved lunch at the Bulls Head before finishing the day by visiting Peveril Castle.
While we enjoyed doing this hike, especially the first half, we both agreed that it wasn’t as beautiful as the first one we did. A substantial part of the route was on tarmac roads, which is not ideal when you wear trail running shoes, and it didn’t feel as “wild” as the first. But it was definitely worth it for the nice views in the beginning, the beautiful village of Castleton and getting the opportunity to visit Peveril Castle.
Lord’s Seat & Eldon Hill: 16.62km, 4 hours, total ascent 565 meter