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Castleton - A honey pot in the Peak District

[honey pot - where tourist swarm like bees around honey!]

Where is Castleton?
What are Castleton's attractions?
What problems do tourists cause around Castleton?
How are these problems being tackled?
What problems are caused by industry in the area?
What benefits are created by industry in the area?
Castleton and surrounding area - Virtual Tour

Where is Castleton?

Castleton is located in the Peak District National Park.

Castleton lies towards the north of the National Park. It is 10 miles from Buxton, 16 miles from Sheffield and 27 miles from Stockport. Half of the population of England live within 60 miles of the Peak Park.

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What are Castleton's attractions?

[Castleton and surrounding area]
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Multi Media Mapping.

Castleton has many human and natural attractions. These include:

  • Caverns (Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Trekcliff Cavern)
  • Pevril Castle
  • Mam Tor
  • Attractive Countryside

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What problems do tourists cause around Castleton?

Castleton is a one of the Peak Districts most popular honey pots. Honeypots are areas which attract many tourists. They are so called because tourists flock to these places like 'bees around honey'. Castleton recieves over 2 million visitors every year. This large number of tourist causes many problems in and around Castleton. These problems include include -

  • Litter
  • Traffic Congestion - This is a problem in the village to both locals and visitors. There is a large car park, with space for coaches, and public toilets but as peak times (Summer Sundays or during the Garland ceremony) the parking provision is not enough and the congestion spoils the character of the village and affects its enjoyment by all.
  • Footpath erosion resulting from overuse. This is particularly the case around popular natural attractions such as Mam Tor and Winnats Pass.
  • Conflict with other landusers e.g. farmers and walkers

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How are these problems being tackled?

Footpath erosion - Improvements such as surfacing paths in local stone or re-routing certain paths have been undertaken to reduce the impact of erosion.

An increasing number of litter bins have been provided throughout the village.

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What problems are caused by industry in the area?

There is a cement works located to the south east of Castleton. It uses limestone quarried nearby. The works causes a number of problems. Firstly is spoils the attractive view from the top of Mam Tor. This is a form of visual pollution. Click here to see a photograph of the view. Noise from the trucks moving between the works and the quarry causes noise pollution. Dust is blown from the works and trucks.

  What benefits are created by industry in the area?

Social Benefits:

  • Jobs are created
  • Crime reduces due to higher levels of employment

Economic Benefits:

  • Jobs are created. Therefore people have more money to spend on local goods and services.
  • Multiplier effect - by creating a factory and providing new jobs, the local economy grows by more than the original cash injection

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The Peak District National Park - Castleton - A Tourist Village?

Castleton Photo Gallery
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[Castleton's main street]

Cross Street (Castleton's main street) with Mam Tor in the background.

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Cross Street

[Tourist Signpost]
A tourist sign post noting Castleton's attractions.

[Enterance to the Peak Cavern]

The entrance to Peak Cavern.

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A view of Pevril Castle from Castle Street

[Land slip @ little Mam Tor]
Landslip at little Mam Tor.

[Footpath erosion around Mam Tor]
Footpath erosion around Mam Tor

[Management techniques]
Countryside mangement

An unmanaged path leading to Mam Tor. Notice the erosion in the background (white patches).

[Mam Tor]
A view of Mam Tor

[Stone path to Mam Tor]
Main path to the top of Mam Tor. Notice how the path has been surfaced in local stone. This is to reduce the impact of tourists. The footpath has also been fenced on both sides to reduce erosion.

[Hope Valley]

A view of the Hope Valley from the top of Mam Tor. Notice the cement works in the background.

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Cement Factory in the Hope Valley

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A view from Winnats Pass out onto the Hope Valley

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Speedwell Cavern

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