Mam Tor, the Shivering Mountain

Mam Tor, viewed from Castleton

One of the most spectacular sights, in a county of spectacular sights, is Mam Tor (which roughly translates as ‘the mother’s peak’) near Castleton, Derbyshire, in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Wildly unstable, in geological terms, its layers of shale and sandstone are constantly on the move; in the 1970s, the Sheffield to Manchester road which used to run around the southern edge was finally closed, and subsequently destroyed by a landslip. The huge ‘bite’ you can see on the south summit happened much earlier. Topped by the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, Mam Tor offers wonderful views; you can see the city of  Manchester, Stockport and even into Wales if the day is a clear one.  One word of warning – if you do visit, watch out for the very strong ‘venturi effect’ wind on the summit; you can literally be blown off your feet!

One comment on “Mam Tor, the Shivering Mountain”

  1. That is one of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen.
    If I keep coming back to your blog I can learn a whole lot!
    Absolutely wonderful picture!!!


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