About The George, Situated in the Stunning Bustling Village of Castleton.
Under New Ownership from Early November
John & Vicky Welcome New & Old Customers.
The George is a beautiful country inn, situated in the heart of the popular Peak National Park. The inn offers a central position in the bustling village. The hillside overlooking the village, is the home of the Blue John. A semi-precious gemstone found only in Castleton. The inn is maintained to a high standard and is admirably complimented by fine ales, together with an excellent menu that reflects our commitment to local produce. Everyone is made most welcome, whether dining or enjoying a relaxing drink. The bar areas are well laid in a traditional style, with secluded tranquil surroundings. The outside seating area offers unparalleled views of the Peveril Castle and Mam-tor.
Many scenic walks start from the village of Castleton making it a good base for exploring the area. Hollins Cross, Lords seat, Jacobs Ladder & Cavedale to mention just a few. more can be found here www.hikideas.co.uk/walk-castleton.html
The Gem of the Peak District, Castleton is located in the Hope Valley within the Peak National Park and is about 15 miles south west of Sheffield. As well as being a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts the village itself offers many activities for visitors of all ages. Castleton is also very close to other beautiful and interesting villages in the Hope Valley such as Hathersage, Bamford, Tideswell & Bakewell.
To the south, Castleton is overlooked by Peveril Castle. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, this historic castle was originally built in 1080 by William the Conqueror’s son, William Peveril, as part of the King’s forest. The current keep was constructed by King Henry II in1176. Visitors climbing the hill to the castle are rewarded with the unique experience of viewing an early Norman fortress steeped in history. The castle also offers panoramic views of the village and the Hope Valley.The castle is open daily to visitors and is a 5 min walk from the George.
The Garland ceremony occurs each year on Oak Apple Day (29th May) and celebrates the restoration of King Charles II to the throne. The “Garland” itself is constructed from flowers attached to a wooden frame. The Garland is worn by the “Garland King” who with the “Garland Queen” rides through the village to music, stopping at all the local public houses. Local girls dressed in white and carrying flowers and “Garland sticks” perform a form of Morris dancing at each stop The Garland itself is said to weigh in excess of 25kg and is carried on the Garland King’s shoulders for several hours. The parade concludes with the Garland King arriving at St Edmund’s church in the centre of the village, where the Garland is lifted and placed atop the church. If you are unable to attend the event in person, the Castleton museum provides a great insight into the history of the event.
Castletons Show Caves
Castleton is home to 4 show caves: Treak Cliff, Blue John, Peak and Speedwell.
Treak Cliff and Blue John caverns are home to the semi-precious mineral “Blue John”. These caves are the only place in the UK where this mineral can be found today. Blue John is said to take its name from the French bleu-jaune meaning “blue and yellow” which describes the unique colouring of the mineral. The mineral is still mined today for jewellry which can be bought at the caverns themselves or in the local village shops. Historically Blue John was turned into larger pieces such as vases; however today larger pieces of the stone are rarely found or mined.
Castleton at Christmas
From the middle of November Castleton becomes a magical place when the Christmas lights are turned on. As well as the lights Santa also arrives in the village with his grotto and a horse and cart ride is available to see the true magic of the village at this time, a spectacular event not to be missed.
During Christmas there are many carol concerts that take place in the caverns at weekends, look on the cavern websites for details.
Map & Directions
From Sheffield: Take the A625 to Hathersage, then the A6187 to Castleton. As you go through the village you will go round a sharp double bend and about 50 yrds further down take the left turning called “Castle Street”, the George is about 100 yards up the road on the right with car parking at the rear of the pub.
From Manchester: Take the A6 South to Chapel-en-le-Frith, then the A625 to Castleton. Before you get to Castleton you will drive down a steep gorge (Winnatts Pass). At the bottom, turn right at the T-junction. As you enter the village you will go over a mini roundabout and then at the top of the hill take a right turning called “Castle Street”, the George is about 100 yards up the road on the right with car parking at the rear of the pub.