Once again we took a flight to London last summer – yes, we always seem to travel to England (take a look at my trips to the Cotswolds and Oxford) and took a train and bus up to the Peak District. I’ve been to the Lake District before and loved it so we decided to this time head to another area in the same direction.
There’s a lot to see and do in the Peak District, but one of the very first things I decided we would have to do was to make a trip to Mam Tor. The pictures were so beautiful that I knew we had to do it. And I’m so glad we did. Here’s what you do:
Bakewell to Castleton
When we travel we don’t usually rent a car but rely on public transportation instead. In the Peak District this means that you have to plan your days really well and keep the bus schedules with you. However, if your planning to do this: It can be done.
We stayed right in the middle of the Peak District in a town called Bakewell. It turned out to be a wonderful base for exploring the area.
Now, if you’re planning a trip to Mam Tor in the Peak District, the first thing you obviously have to decide is how to get there. If you travel by bus, the best choice is to take one to a village called Castleton. We took bus 173 which left Bakewell at 10.05 in the morning and arrived at 10.55 in Castleton.
Castleton to Mam Tor in the Peak District
Mam Tor is a hill (517 m / 1,696 ft) close to the village of Castleton.
Castleton was such a pretty village but we were heading to Mam Tor so we started our walk straight away. At first we walked towards the Peak Cavern and then on to the Winnats Pass. Winnats Pass is really stunning, you have green limestone pinnacles both sides of the road. I have to say though that I struggled a bit while we walked through it. I wasn’t in a great shape and it was really windy. I had to stop and sit down to catch my breath every now and then! It seems silly as it’s not steep, I don’t know what is was… So I do recommend a walk through it because it’s beautiful but just take your time if it’s windy.
After Winnats Pass it wasn’t that difficult at all. It’s very easy to find your way to the right track to get to Mam Tor and there are probably a lot of people heading that way if it’s a nice weather. Again at the top of Mam Tor it is really windy so make sure you have something warm on you even in July 🙂
Back to Castleton from Mam Tor
The views from Mam Tor were stunning and it was a great feeling to walk along the ridge from Mam Tor to Hollins Cross. After Hollins Cross we went through a gate that lead us to a path downhill back towards Castleton.
Here’s roughly the route (bus and walk) on map:
When we got back we had just enough time to have a pleasant lunch in Castleton before we took our 3 pm bus 173 from Castleton back to Bakewell.
The budget for a day trip to Mam Tor
This day trip is going to cost you around 20 pounds if you plan to also have a light lunch with a pint at one of the restaurants in Castleton. If you’re staying in the Peak District for a while and are traveling by bus it might be worth it to take a look at different hopper options for your travel as well.