The peak district - Castleton, Ladybower resevoir and the dambusters!

Castleton Travel Blog

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Castleton

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Adam (England)

We arrived into Manchester bus station at 10.30, and Adam had kindly come to pick us up, as he had agreed to take us out for the day. He had suggested a ride to the Peak District, and as this is somewhere that i have never been before, i left the planning up to him, which was a nice change to let someone else do the organising for once!

The latter half of the journey there was lovely, travelling through lush countryside and through the hills, although it did predictably make Julia car sick. The plan was to start off at a small village called Castleton, and then work our way on to Ladybower resevoir in the afternoon.

Ladybower Reservoir

Arriving into Castleton, it struck me how incredibly picturesque it was, with stone cottages, rustic pubs and sweeping views. We toyed with the idea of visiting the 'Devils Arse', which is a large cavern, but we decided that with a heavy night of drinking planned for that evening, we'd probably have our own version the following morning... Thus, we wandered the pretty streets for some time, before settling on The Castle Pub to have some quality pub grub in. As it was a nice day, we opted to sit outside and soak up the sun, whilst knocking back a couple of beers with our food, which Adam, like the gentleman that he is, kindly treated us to. 

Once we had finished, we wandered around a little more, before driving over to Ladybower reservoir, another incredibly scenic location, despite the dreary weather which had arrived.

Ladybower Reservoir
We walked around the reservoir for a couple of hours and looked at the dams. The area is actually of great historical significance, as this is where the RAF dambusters practiced, before heading off to Germany to destroy their dams in World War II.

Having looked around the reservoir, we walked back to a pretty wooded area, where we saw plenty of rabbits. More surprisingly was sighting the carved wooden cast from The Wind in the Willows, a childrens story which i grew up adoring - at least thats what we think they were! The day was drawing to a close and we wanted to get home and get ready for the night ahead, so we called it a day and headed back over to Manchester. It had been a thoroughly enjoyable day, and i'd highly recommend both places if you are in the area.

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Castleton
Castleton
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
The entrance to the Devils Arse...…
The entrance to the Devils Arse..…
The Devils Arse... seems a bit har…
The Devils Arse... seems a bit ha…
Stone cottages and bridge in Castl…
Stone cottages and bridge in Cast…
Stream running through Castleton
Stream running through Castleton
St Edmunds Church in Castleton
St Edmund's Church in Castleton
The George Pub in Castleton
The George Pub in Castleton
Scenery around Castleton
Scenery around Castleton
Stone cottages in Castleton
Stone cottages in Castleton
Julia with an old water pump in Ca…
Julia with an old water pump in C…
Main street in Castleton
Main street in Castleton
Main street in Castleton
Main street in Castleton
Funny pub sign in Castleton
Funny pub sign in Castleton
Main street in Castleton
Main street in Castleton
Start of the Ladybower Reservoir
Start of the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Julia and Adam climbing the dam at…
Julia and Adam climbing the dam a…
The dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
The dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Picturesque tree at the Ladybower …
Picturesque tree at the Ladybower…
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Scenery around Ladybower Reservoir
Scenery around Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Rabbit near the Ladybower Reservoir
Rabbit near the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Dam at the Ladybower Reservoir
Forest near Ladybower Reservoir
Forest near Ladybower Reservoir
Julia riding a vole in the forest,…
Julia riding a vole in the forest…
Julia and i mole, near Ladybower R…
Julia and i mole, near Ladybower …
Julia at Ladybower Reservoir
Julia at Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Julia near Ladybower Reservoir
Julia near Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir
Castleton
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