A slow steep climb to Hollins Cross, when I arrived I recognised it, but took another photo anyway.
The views get better. Ahead of me is the ridge path to Mam Tor, I wasn't going to go there today, but the weather was lovely, sunny with a slight breeze and not a soul about. I couldn't resist it.
Arriving at Mam Tor, oh go on then, I'll take another photo.
Another sign with some interesting information.
I came down via Windy Knoll and veered left to Winnats Head Farm. Below is a photo of Winnats Pass, it is a very steep stretch of road with cattle grids at each end. It looked a nice easy stroll to the bottom so off I went.
At the bottom is Speedwell Cavern, it is open today, but I don't have time to visit. Shame that my time is limited by the short daylight hours. I wanted to get off the road at this point so I took a path on the right signed Peak Cavern. Across the fields high up on the hillside, I could see Peveril Castle, so I took a diversion and headed that way. It looked like it might be an alternative way into Castleton.
When I got to the top there was no access to it because there was a very deep and dangerous ravine. The barbed wire says it all, fall down here at your own risk, no thanks.
So another diversion was needed straight down to the bottom along the edge of a wood. Here is the entrance to Peak Cavern, access is in Castleton down a narrow street. The gates are closed today.
Time for my sandwiches, I found a bench outside the information centre, I love to sit and watch as people go about their daily business. Time for a quick look round before I head off. Here are four pics of this very popular village, it must be teeming with people at the height of summer. Shame about the ugly wheelie bins in this one, you'd think they could camouflage them for us tourists, ha ha.
There is a stream which runs right through it and when you walk along the side of it, the ducks follow, they're not daft :0)
A bit further along, a little weir.
And lots of little cottages.
Time to go, I took the Hollowford Road out of the village, which turned into a track. Past the Training and Conference Centre, past Only Grange Farm, and up to Backtor Nook, just along the ridge from Hollins Cross.
The photo below is Back Tor, I thought I must go up there and have a look. It was only when I was halfway up that I realised I had been there before, I recognised the stone I had sat on for my sandwich break. Oh well, worth a second look, and more photo's. While I was up there, I had a lovely conversation with a nice young man, I will talk to anyone.
The views as ever are stunning.
Time to go back down. I rejoined the path at Back Tor Farm, and was back at the hostel for 4pm.