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Castleton in general
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Castleton in general
Disadvantages: nothing, unless you hate the countryside!
I have had the pleasure of spending a whole summer working in and around Castleton and it is such a beautiful and friendly little village where you can forget the stresses of living in a big town.
I lived in the local YHA hostel while I was working on a childrens holiday camp and the hostel is pretty good. it has retained its historical features and looks impressive from the outside. many of the rooms have retained their fireplaces, although purely for show.
the village has a very small population of a few hundred, but has many pubs!there is such a local community spirit. a couple of the pubs happily have lock-ins most nights of the week. the local primary school has just 2 classrooms!
there is a very good tourist information centre where you can get some info on good walks. the peak district in general is great for walking in caves and caving. castleon is home to a famous cave/cavern where a young boy in the 60s got trapped and died and was never rescued. his remains are still in the rocks.
there is also bottom-aching but well worth it walk up a steep hill to the remains of a castle where there some terrific views across the valley. the village is a short drive from hope valley train station which has good connection to manchester and sheffield. the local bus takes just under an hour to get to sheffield.
a good tip: drop by castleton one evening around xmas when all the decorations are up and its cold. the pubs do some great xmas food and the atmosphere is totally unique and if you are lucky you will get a lock-in somewhere!
Summary: the most amazing and unique village in the UK
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