It’s not the best weather in the Peaks today – rain with bonus hail and even a bit of thunder at Brough!
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Last week’s snow flurries seem to have been something of a false alarm – apart from the freezing cold wind (normal at any time of year), it’s almost like spring in the Peak District.
January is one of my favourite times of year in the Peaks behind early spring, when the heather is blooming and the fields are full of newborn lambs. Late autumn/early winter tends to be wet and windy – turbulent is the word that often comes to mind on those dark mornings where the rain is coming in horizontally! – but January mornings tend towards the crisp and clear and beautiful.
It’s a great time of year to head out into the hills, as long as you wrap up warm! I’m a big fan of Craghoppers fleece-lined winter trousers (men’s and women’s) which have survived both a trek through Glencoe in a Scottish winter gale and a muddy half-slide, half-fall down the summit of Mam Tor, keeping me warm and dry both times.
(I should probably say that I have no connection to Craghoppers whatsoever; I just like their outdoor clothes).
Castleton is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Derbyshire Peak District. The village, and the castle that dominates the cliff face above it, date from the 11th century. Castleton lies on the boundary between the Dark Peak and White Peak areas of the Peak District.
Castleton is surrounded on three sides by steep hills, the most prominent of which is to the north, known as the Great Ridge. This includes Mam Tor (the Shivering Mountain), which has the remains of what is believed to be one of the oldest hill forts and two Bronze Age burial mounds in Britain at its summit.