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The chocolate box village of Castleton is a haven for hikers, nature lovers and history buffs. Situated in Derbyshire’s Peak District, Castleton is half an hour from Sheffield, making it perfect for a mini adventure from London. I recently had the opportunity to spend 24 hours in the village of Castleton Peak District and was pleasantly surprised at how much we could fit into such a short time. We even got to spend the night in a Gothic mansion!

Arriving at 1.30pm, we dropped our luggage at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall, the Gothic Victorian mansion that we would be spending the night in. Steeped in history and set in 27 acres of picturesque parkland and streams, its hard to believe the majestic building is only a few minutes away from the local train station, Hope. I was excited to explore the mansion but first we were off to hike one of the trails.

We geared up and set off on a two hour circular hike from the hostel to the top of Hollins Cross. The weather was perfect, and I soon had to start removing layers due to the incline. The landscape was painted in a warm auburn glow and after a shortwhile we reached the Great Ridge. From the top we were blessed with panoramic views of both Castleton and Edale, and continued along to Hollins Cross in the distance. We hiked slowly, and stopped often for photos, whilst still building up an appetite for dinner.

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