Daytrip to Speedwell Cavern and Castleton - Wednesday 13 June 2018
Castleton is one of the most beautifully-situated villages in the Peak District. There are fabulous views created by its location on the cusp of the Peak District's breath-taking limestone and gritstone landscapes, whatever the weather, Castleton has something to offer visitors of all ages at any time of year. If it's fine and you're feeling fit, you can climb the steep steps up to the atmospheric Norman ruins of Peveril Castle, completed in 1086 for William Peverel, a favoured knight of William the Conqueror. You can buy jewellery crafted from Blue John in the village, and Castleton Visitor Centre, is a museum with a mine of information. Fortify yourself in numerous cafés, tea rooms and pubs.
Castleton is the only place in the world where the semi-precious stone Blue John, unique to the Peak District and Derbyshire, can be found. Some of the finest examples - including the largest known single piece of Blue John, The Pillar, can be found in Treak Cliff Cavern, where you can also explore a fairy-tale underground world of stalactite and stalagmites. Like Castleton's other show caves, Treak Cliff was once a lead mine. Peak Cavern has the largest natural cave mouth in Europe - large enough for cottages and even an inn to be built inside in previous times.
We’ll also go to Speedwell Cavern, which offers an underground boat ride to the eerie 'Bottomless Pit'. An additional fee will be charged at the entrance if you want to go on the boat ride; a student ticket is about £11.00. If you don’t want to go on the underground boat ride, the views here are stunning so you’ll still find it an enjoyable place to visit.
Leave campus: 9am
Return to campus: no later than 5pm
Please note, once booked, this fee is non-refundable
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