Peak Cavern

Devil's Arse - Devil's Hole

Useful Information

The entrance is a huge portal below a high limestone cliff. The roof of the first part of the cave collapsed and formed a gorge leading to todays entrance.
Location: In Castleton, Peak District. 25 km from Sheffield, 45 km from Manchester.
Open: APR to OCT daily 10-17.
NOV to MAR Mon-Fri 2 or 3 tours per day, please call, Sat, Sun 10-17.
Tours every hour, last tour 16.
Closed 25-DEC.
Fee: Adults GBP 7.25, Children (5-15) GBP 5.25, Children (0-4) free, Concession GBP 6.25, Family (2+2) GBP 22, Additional Child GBP 4.50.
Groups: Adults GBP 5.50, Primary School GBP 2.95, Secondary School GBP 3.50, Sixth Form GBP 4, Teachers/Carers GBP 5.50.
Combi Ticket Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern:
Adults GBP 15, Children (5-15) GBP 8.50, Children (0-4) free, Concession GBP 10.25, Family (2+2) GBP 26, Additional Child GBP 5.75.
Groups: Adults GBP 5.50, Primary School GBP 5.25, Secondary School GBP 6.50, Sixth Form GBP 7.50, Teachers/Carers GBP 8.50.
Car Park: 3 hours GBP 2, all day GBP 5, with a GBP 1 refund at the cave.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave Speleologyriver cave.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=24130m
Guided tours: L=800 m, D=45-60 min. V=120,000/a [2000]
Bibliography: Hugh Jarse (2001): Cave Marketing hits rock bottom, Pelobates, Croydon Caving Club Magazine (81) Dec 2001 p7.
Since Peak Cavern changed its name to The Devil's Arse, visitor numbers have risen 30% claims show cave director Jeremy Gosling.
Brian Woodall (1979): Peak Cavern, 12 pp, illus, survey. SB
Contents include: The Approach, The Show Cave, The Far Reaches, Formation, History, Traveller's Tales and Folklore & Legend.
Stephan Kempe, Christhild Ketz-Kempe, Erika Kempe (2009): Early cave visits by women and the travel accounts of Lady Elisabeth Craven to the Grotto of Antiparos (1786) and Johanna Schopenhauer to Peaks Cavern (1803), Conference: 15th International Congress of SpeleologyAt: Kerrville, Texas, USA, July 19-26,2009, Volume: Proceedings: 1993-1999. researchgate
Address: Peak Cavern, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WS, Tel: +44-1433-620285, E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1803 Johanna Schopenhauer (*1766-✝1838) first known woman who visited the cave.


A look back shows the enourmous entrance.
The Peak Cavern, Derbyshire, engraving. Public Domain.

The most impressive sight of Peak Cavern is definitely the portal and the first chamber. A subterranean river called River Styx flows through Peak Cavern and leaves it near Castleton. This river formed the cave, and as the cave grew, the the first part of the cave ceiling collapsed. A small gorge was formed which leads to todays cave entrance, 20 m wide and 30 m high below a high limestone cliff.

The room behind the entrance is more than 100 m long and was used by the inhabitants of Castleton for several hundred years. The cave is a shelter against rain and was the largest "dry" place on the isles for a very long time. So it was ideal for rope making, the remains of which can still be seen today.

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