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The Blue John Cavern is one of the four show caves in Castleton, Derbyshire, England. This popular showcave is home to 8 of the 14 known veins of a rare form of fluorspar known as Blue John Stone. Visitors can view old mining equipment and visit the Waterfall Cavern and Grand Crystallized Cavern on regular guided tours. The cavern takes its name from the semi-precious mineral Blue John, which is still mined in small amounts outside the tourist season and made locally into jewelry.

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Treak Cliff Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern

0.44km from Blue John Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton is famous throughout the world for its unique and large deposits of Blue John stone and The cave comprises two sections, the Old Series, discovered by lead miners in the 18th century, and the New Series, discovered during blasting in the 1920s. Mined for the rare Blue John ornamental mineral for over 300 years, the Visitor Attraction is a family run business, operated by the Harrison family, continuously since 1945.

Winnats Pass

Winnats Pass

0.49km from Blue John Cavern

Winnats Pass is a tough climb in the Peak District from the village of Castleton heading West through a steep limestone cleft. The valley was created by melting glaciers wearing away the rock – the limestone gradually dissolved and streams flowed through and under cracks and fissures in the rock. The road winds through a cleft, surrounded by high limestone ridges. At the foot of the pass is the entrance to Speedwell Cavern, a karst cave accessed through a flooded lead mine, and which is a popu

Mam Tor

Mam Tor

0.57km from Blue John Cavern

Mam Tor, meaning ‘Mother Hill’, is a 517-meter high hill near Castleton in the High Peak area of Derbyshire and is one of the most famous walks in the Peak District. There are great views from the top and it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is also called “The Shivering Mountain” because of frequent landslips. The hill is crowned by a late Bronze Age and early Iron Age univallate hill fort, and two Bronze Age bowl barrows. One of the main trekking destinations and also you can spe

Speedwell Cavern

Speedwell Cavern

0.89km from Blue John Cavern

The Speedwell caves are set at the foot of the Winnats Pass. It is one of 4 caves in the village of Castleton. Once a lead mine, the watery tunnels of Speedwell Cavern were originally blasted by miners over 200 years ago searching for treasures beneath the ground using primitive tools. A fascinating boat ride through the flooded workings of an 18thC lead mine. The boat trips are fully supervised by experienced guides and take you deep inside a limestone hill to the 'bottomless pit', a huge under

Great Ridge

Great Ridge

1.39km from Blue John Cavern

The Great Ridge is arguably the most walked ridge line in England, connecting the summits of Lose Hill and Mam Tor whilst dividing the gritstone Dark Peak to the North and the limestone dales to the South. With the addition of Win Hill, it makes for a spectacular and challenging Peak District hiking adventure.

Rushup Edge

Rushup Edge

1.76km from Blue John Cavern

A beautiful hill ridge in the Derbyshire Peak District of England. One of the beautiful locations here which attract a lot of tourists and it is also a good viewpoint which gives a spectacular view of the surrounding area.

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Derbyshire

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Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire, containing the southern extremity of the Pennine range of hills which extend into the north of the county.

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