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.