474 Alport Castles

The natural rocky outcrop of Alport Castles is one of the marvels of the Peak. It really does look like a stone castle built on the summit of steep sided rocks, but in reality it is a landslip, created by a cataclysmic collapse of the gritstone hillside which slid down towards Alport Dale. Far below is the isolated Alport Castles Farm, celebrated for its annual Love Feast - not an orgy, but a religious communion service.

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LOCATION: 10 miles east of Glossop
START: Derwent Valley, signed from A57. Fairholmes car park, toilets
Grid ref: SK172893 Postcode: S33 0AQ
DISTANCE: 8 miles (5 using shuttle bus)
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 4.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - Dark Peak Landranger 110
NOTE: Shuttle bus weekends in summer
REFRESHMENTS: Fairholmes
EN ROUTE: Lockerbrook, River Westend, Howden Reservoir, Birchinlee, Derwent Reservoir


This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

   
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