Running from Castleton Loosehill Hall
Castleton lies on the boundary between the Dark Peak and the White Peak and has to top the podium for runner-friendly properties. Whatever your age, ability or level of enthusiasm you can find a rewarding route to suit. The wilder Dark Peak, with its open fells and gritstone edges, is suited to those seeking adrenaline-fuelled adventure, whilst the White Peak is home to gentler trails through flower-filled limestone valleys. And if neither appeals, keep things low level with a gentle jog around the woods and streams of the hostel grounds.
Run YHA Castleton Distance: 12 miles/19km
Start/finish: Losehill Hall, Castleton S33 8WB
Terrain: Trail, moorland, path, boggy sections
Ascent: 640 metres
Navigation: Moderate (if visibility good)
Good for: Ascents, views
Route info: wildrunning.net/152
A fantastic run around the beautiful Hope Valley from Castleton, taking in some of the most dramatic Dark Peak landscapes. Several tough yet enjoyable climbs are rewarded with breathtaking vistas, particularly from the viewpoints at Hollins Cross and Lose Hill. There is an optional ascent of Mam Tor reached by continuing along the road instead of left turn at 8.1 miles (13.1km) and taking the next left, climbing to the trig point at the tor’s summit before continuing north east along the ridge to rejoin the original route. The run also passes the wooded shores of the gleaming expanse of Ladybower Reservoir and through the pretty village of Edale, home to YHA Edale and railway station.
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Why not theme a run with a search for former YHA sites? A 900-year-old Norman manor house in the heart of Castleton was once a hostel and another is now hidden beneath the peaceful waters of Ladybower Reservoir.
What makes it special
- Views while running the Mam Tor ridge
Other things to do nearby
The stately home and 1000 acre park of the Duke of Devonshire.
The most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument atmospherically set amid high moorland. Some say that this is the finest Stone Age 'henge'
Take a trip to Bakewell and discover this charming Derbyshire Dales town. You'll find great shopping, plenty of spaces to relax and the famous Bakewell Pudding confection.
The tour starts with a short flight of steps before visitors can appreciate the awe-inspiring majesty of the natural caverns. Then as you go deeper the history of Blue John, or bleu-jaune,
The White Peak offers climbing for all abilities. Popular sites include Dove Dale, the Manifold Valley and the famous Thors Cave - which boasts brilliant crags and bouldering.
There's world famous grit-stone routes and bouldering a short drive away, the nearest crag is just 300 metres from the hostel.
If you enjoy climbing, head for Stanage Edge. Along this 4-mile stretch of gritstone there’s a choice of 1000 challenges covering all grades.
Eyam is a stone's throw from the famous Peak District climbing areas of Stanage, Froggatt, Curbar and Stoney Middleton.
The Peak District offers an ideal landscape for the more experienced climber, with amazing crags and bouldering opportunities just minutes from the hostel door.
Attempt one of the many routes along the famous Stanage, Burbage and Millstone edges. England's finest grit-stone climbing boasts brilliant crags, cracks and bouldering to test your abilities.
Raven's Tor in Dovedale offers superb crack and face climbing on solid rock, all in a beautiful setting above the river.
Nearby Cheedale has a concentration of climbs unmatched anywhere else. Ravenstor Crag is the most ferocious crag in the whole of the Peak.
Cratcliffe Tor provides some of the area's most popular grit-stone climbs.
The Tissington Trail is just 5 minutes drive away and provides links to the beautiful village of Hartington and the market town of Ashbourne.
Prefer tarmac? You’ll find well-known hill climbs on our local roads. And there are family-friendly routes around Derwent Reservoir and the marvellous Monsal Trail.
YHA Eyam is an ideal location for enjoying one of the many circular cycling routes around the lovely Peak District.