Peak Cavern entrance
Peak Cavern entrance
Inside Peak Cavern

Peak Cavern

Introduction

The Peak Cavern, also known as the Devil's Arse (called so because of the flatulent-sounding noises from inside the cave), is one of the four show caves in Castleton.

Peakshole Water flows through and out of the cave. Unlike the other show caves in the area, it is almost entirely natural. The only artificial part of the cave was blasted to bypass a low tunnel that was only accessible by lying down on a boat, and the cave system is the largest in the Peak District.

Set in the middle of the picturesque Peak District village of Castleton, the approach to Peak Cavern is awe-inspiring. A riverside walk takes you past centuries old miners' cottages, opening out into a stunning limestone gorge. Ahead of you are 280ft high vertical cliffs, with the ruins of PeverilCastle towering above.

Deep into the cliff is the Cavern's imposing entrance chamber - the largest natural cave entrance in the British Isles. Within this entrance chamber you will see the remains of an ancient village where a whole community lived and worked making ropes for the local lead mines for more than 400 years.

As you venture deeper into the Cavern you will hear the amazing acoustics of the Orchestra Gallery in the Great Cave, see a continuous cascade of water at Roger Rain's House, pass through Pluto's Dining Room into the Devil's Cellar where you can hear the source of the river Styx.

Guided tours, including traditional rope making demonstrations are available at regular intervals, with detailed information about the Cavern's history and development.

Visit Peak Cavern’s website for details of opening times and admission charges: www.peakcavern.co.uk

Last Updated: 6 May 2015