Winnats Pass, Derbyshire, England
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoRams
N 53° 20.487 W 001° 47.582
30U E 580357 N 5910934
Quick Description: Winnats means 'wind gates'. It was a gateway into the fortified village of Castleton in medieval times. The road was surfaced during the Second World War as an alternative to Mam Tor.
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/21/2007 5:12:57 AM
Waymark Code: WM2EN0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Brentorboxer
Views: 49

Long Description:
Winnats Pass was formed millions of years ago by underground rivers carving their way through limestone beds. Gradually, these rivers dug out huge caverns beneath the surface, thinning out the upper layers until eventually the ceiling collapsed - leaving a gorge of over a mile in length.
This area is ideal rock hunting ground - with caves containing Stalagmites and Stalagtites - in addition to bands of Blue John and other Flourspar deposits which are clearly visible in fine veins within the cave walls.
The address of property, including Postcode.:
North of Castleton.


The charges to visitors and opening hours.:
Public Road passing through limestone gorge.


Web page: [Web Link]

Parking place (optional): N 53° 20.492 W 001° 47.525

References:
Some good stuff about the actual road here; http://www.rural-roads.co.uk/winnats/winnats1.shtml Geology here; http://www.castleton-rocks.com/winnats.html


National Trust member: yes

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