Discover Derbyshire - Castleton and The Blue John Cavern

  • May 4, 2013 · 10:45 AM
  • To be confirmed

A trip into the Peak District to Hope Valley.

We'll head to the village of Castleton for lunch at one of the pubs there, then on to visit the world famous Blue John Cavern.

The Blue John Cavern in the Peak District is a series of caverns considered to be the finest range in Great Britain.

Blue John is Britains rarest mineral first discoverd at Castleton by the Romans almost 2000 years ago. And are the worlds only known deposits of this extremely rare and beautiful stone.

During excavations at Pompeii two vases of Blue John Stone were supposedly unearthed, evidence therefore that the Romans not only discovered the stone but also appreciated it for its ornamental value.

The Blue John Cavern is home to 8 of the 14 known veins of this beautiful mineral.

Entrance fee: £9 (This will be reduced to £7 if more than 15 people go).

Please be aware that this attraction is not suitable for people with HEART CONDITIONS, BREATHING PROBLEMS and MOBILITY PROBLEMS as the cavern contains a number of steps. SUITABLE FOOTWEAR WITH GOOD TREAD IS RECOMMENDED WHEN VISITING THIS ATTRACTION.

Castleton is 40 miles from Derby, so we'll meet up in Derby and travel there together, as it's more sensible than everyone making their own way there and we can share fuel costs.

I have arranged a meeting point near to Derby City Centre where can meet up and where we can also leave cars. I will e-mail out details to those attending nearer the time.

Anyone that lives along the A6 - Allestree, Duffield, Belper, Matlock etc. we may be able to pick up along the way ..... depending on the driver to passenger ratio!

If however you would prefer to make your own way there and meet at Castleton, that's fine.

Depending on time and interest, we can break our journey on the way back at another place in the Peak District for an ice cream ... or some other form of refreshment.

 

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  • Chetna

    oh and thank you for drving us Srikanth:)

    May 7, 2013

    • Chloe M.

      your good messages remind me to ask you how to upload photos to Derby Sociables, I've forgotten!

      May 9, 2013

    • Steve

      Hi Chloe. If you mean an event where there is already an album (like this one), if you click on the album above, there is an option to "add photos"

      May 9, 2013

  • Chetna

    A wonderful day with good company. Thank you very much for organising this Steve :)

    May 7, 2013

  • Chloe M.

    Oh just beautiful! Good company, pretty countryside, good food and careful driving (thanks Srikanth) and well organised (thanks Steve) - many thanks!

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • Chloe M.

      Oh, as a fan of Meetup, I really appreciate the work of Event Organisers!

      May 6, 2013

  • Samantha

    A brilliant day with brilliant people and just enough stairs that I didn't feel guilty about the brilliant pudding! :) Thank you very much for organising this one Steve - your efforts are much appreciated.

    May 5, 2013

  • Abi

    A fabulous day, thanks Steve for all the effort that went into the organisation, really enjoyed myself :-)

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful countryside, lovely day, wicked people, you don't get much better than that!

    May 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks everyone for making me feel so welcome

      1 · May 5, 2013

  • Chloe M.

    great discovery trip - through the mill valleys up to the Hope Valley...lovely villages and township of Castleton

    May 5, 2013

  • Karl

    A great day out in and under beautiful Derbyshire.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really great day, excellent company, fresh air, puddings, sausages and 490 steps. Think we'll all sleep well tonight!

    May 4, 2013

  • Katie

    Great day, very interesting places and people!! Thanks for organising Steve :)

    May 4, 2013

  • chris

    i cant make tomorrow wasnt looking at the date lol
    enjoy guys xx

    May 3, 2013

    • Steve

      No problem. See you at another event soon :-)

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this.
    See you all later :)

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,

    It's probably a bit too late, but is there a chance I can join you guys tomorrow?

    I can drive myself, or lifshare if there are places going.

    Do let me know.

    Cheers
    Srikanth

    May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just replied to your email, I will be meeting you guys at the meet-up point in Derby. You can count on atleast three places in my car.

      I'll be coming in from Allenton on the ring road, so anyone needs picking up in and around there, do give me a shout.

      See you tommorow.
      Srikanth

      May 3, 2013

    • Steve

      Great - see you then :-)

      May 3, 2013

  • chris

    i am interested but i dont drive ................

    May 3, 2013

  • Gary

    Sorry I'm not now able to attend, wish y'all a good day!

    May 3, 2013

    • Steve

      Ok, thanks for letting me know.

      May 3, 2013

  • Steve

    I have e-mailed more infromation about meeting points etc. to everyone who has signed up to this event. If you are going and you haven't received it, please let me know.

    May 3, 2013

  • Samantha

    Hi, hope I'm not too late to join in! Is there room in a car for me to get a lift, please? If I could possibly get picked up from the first bus stop on the A6 after the A6/A38 roundabout, that would be even more awesome! :)

    May 3, 2013

    • Steve

      Yes that should be no problem. You may have rsvp'd just after I sent the e-mail round, so I will resend it to you.

      May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just joined this group.
    I love the look of this event, been wanting to visit Castleton again for ages! I live quite near it so would it be ok to meet there?

    May 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Steve, thanks.
      Nice one, I look forward to meeting you too :)

      May 2, 2013

    • Chloe M.

      HI Steve - I can arrive from Holbrook at the bus station at 10am - so is this early enough to meet someone to get a lift? best wishes Chloe

      May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry but I won't be able to make the meet up

    May 1, 2013

    • Steve

      No problem. Thanks for updating your rsvp.

      May 1, 2013

  • Katy

    Sorry for the late notice but I won't be coming now, have a great day though!

    April 29, 2013

  • Steve

    I have checked with the people at The Cavern and they don't need numbers in advance (provided that we don't turn up with a full coach load!). Tours run approx. every 25 minutes and they can fit 50 people on each tour. If numbers go above 15, we will get a £2 reduction each, on the admission cost.

    April 28, 2013

  • Chloe M.

    Definitely coming with my sister as a guest. We're in Derbyshire for the unveiling of a blue plaque for Alice Wheeldon, our great grandmother, on Wed 1 .May. Many thanks, Chloe

    April 27, 2013

    • Steve

      Look forward to meeting you both on 4th :-)

      April 28, 2013

  • Leni R.

    Will be pretending to be a Pirate at Tutbury Castle...sometimes its just safest not to ask....

    April 26, 2013

  • Kirstin V.

    Working again!

    April 25, 2013

  • Rich

    It's going to have to be a No from me unfortunately.

    I'm going to be in Chester visiting my Dad.

    Hopefully next time.

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change of plan - as it's a B/Hols weekend I will be away

    April 21, 2013

  • Henry

    Sorry I can't make this now.

    April 21, 2013

  • Claire

    Maybe

    April 8, 2013

  • Sian

    Really sorry, but unable to make it now

    March 2, 2013

  • Chloe M.

    Maybe - if I am in Derbyshire at that time. Many thanks, Chloe

    February 18, 2013

  • Katy

    I will be driving, but as I live between there and Derby I will probably meet you there rather than coming back to Derby first. Happy to give anyone A6/Duffield/Belper/Matlock way a lift though

    February 17, 2013

    • Steve

      We'll be coming up the A6 so we may even be able to pick you up on the way through.

      February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy to meet you there....

    February 17, 2013

  • Sian

    I am happy to drive

    February 17, 2013

  • Katie

    Maybe for now, I might have to work or be away with Guide things.

    February 17, 2013

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