12th March 2016
The Alport Valley just off Snake Pass is a hidden gem of the Peak District. Without an exclusive car park, it doesn’t see the same amount of traffic as other areas, despite its spectacular scenery and landscape. Its barren and wild feel really separate it from the rest of the Peak District and help to make it feel much more like the Cumbrian fells than Derbyshire. This was my first trip to the valley and hiking up the farm track to the trail head I was excited at the sights that surrounded us.
The morning was still clinging onto the blanket of fog that had coated it throughout the night, with the sun peaking through in patches in the sky, as me and Jonathan of The Explorers Club made our way up to the heights of Alport Castles.
The Castles incredible landscape are a result of a large landslide, which at over half a mile long is thought to be the largest in UK. It’s dominant feature, named ‘The Tower’ is the impressive spire of rock that juts out from the boulder field at the foot of the cliffs. With a reasonable climb up to the site, it remains almost hidden from view until your are right upon it