Mam Tor

The approach to Mam Tor from Castleton.

One of those areas we’ve been meaning to visit for a few years or to be more precise since 21st April 2016, the first time we climbed up Stanage Edge and looked out towards the distinctive silhouette of the Mother Hill.

Despite the Peak District being the closest National Park to home its one of those areas that we should take a bit more time to explore but we never do because it’s far too busy and driving there tends to result in an unpleasant crawl choking on exhaust fumes up the A6. Anyhow an unusual dry day in late October and time to explore Mam Tor.

After walking up from Castleton we were a little surprised to find a large National Trust car park just below the summit.

Normally hill-forts and other ancient monuments tend to have an atmospheric quality about them. Oddly Mam Tor didn’t. Perhaps it was just us or the sight of Mr Whippy serving up ice-creams but it really didn’t feel like we were following in the footsteps of ancient ancestors.

Looking east from the summit of Mam Tor. Quite an impressive view.

Mam Tor High Street

Seriously what on earth is this………….we’re aware its a popular walk but come on there has to be a limit. I’d rather the National Trust closed the car park and restricted the number of visitors than see this scar on what should be one of our most treasured, ancient landscapes. Even Meghan was distinctly unimpressed.

Somewhat disillusioned we headed downhill and towards the mines.

Looks a bit more promising. A scheduled ancient monument, mined by the Romans, Saxons and Danes and one of the earliest lead mines in England.

A fine view of the entrance to Odin Mine some Heras fencing.

Gritstone crushing wheel and iron tract dating back to 1823.

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