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Separating the limestone hills and deep valleys of the White Peak from the gritstone moorlands and edges of the Dark Peak is the beautiful Hope Valley.

At the head of the valley sits the popular village of Castleton. The village itself is a pretty collection of traditional stone cottages topped with the ruins of Peveril Castle and backed by the striking gorge of Winnats Pass. It is also the starting point for many popular walks in the area and is surrounded by several limestone caves, including Speedwell Cavern, which is accessed by underground boat.

The lower reaches of the valley are dotted with more pleasant villages and plenty of walking options and the tiny village of Edale, just outside the valley, is the starting point for Britain’s first long distance footpath, the Pennine Way.

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