"Blue John Mine" Top 5 Page for this destination Blue John Cavern Tip by timlloydlangston

  Small hut outside - massive caves beneath
by timlloydlangston

Descend into the very bowels of the earth and see where the famous Blue John comes from. There are several cavern trips available at the top of Hope Valley, but my favourite remains the Blue John Caverns. Formed by water carving through the local limestone the caverns are a network of fantastic tunnels now accessible on guided tours via a long flight of steps. The tour gives fascinating background to Blue John mining and the local geology and the 45 min tour was well worth the £6.50 entrance fee.

One word of warning though ? it is a long way down (and more importantly, back up) so be prepared for exercise. The steps aren?t ideally suited to high-heels and I wouldn?t recommend this to anyone who?s uncomfortable with tight spaces.

Address: Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WA
Directions: At the top of Winatts Pass just below the peak of Mam Tor - it is very well signposted and you can get a bus there from Castleton
Website: http://www.bluejohn-cavern.co.uk/

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  • Written Jan 24, 2005
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