6 Dec 2015

Birthday Adventuring

I celebrated my birthday this week in the best way I know how, by gearing up in walking clothes and boots and getting suitably damp and muddy up a hill in the countryside.

Now if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I've been frequenting Castleton in the Peaks quite a bit recently and was tempted back yet again for my birthday.  Of the villages I've visited in the Peaks which aren't too far from Sheffield, Castleton is my favourite.  It is simply beautiful both with its quaint architecture and stunning landscapes.

Castleton gets its name from Peveril Castle, which is a ruined medieval castle that sits atop a limestone hill overlooking the village.  Through the village and between two limestone outcrops is a valley called Cave Dale, which winds up the hill behind the castle.
As there is so much scree at the base of the valley and it has been so wet recently that in parts we were essentially walking up a stream, which made me thankful for waterproof boots!  It did add to the fun though.

The rain and wind didn't stop us from scrambling to the top of the hill to enjoy the wonderful vantage point and to see Peveril Castle from such a picturesque angle.
Cold and wind-battered, we decided to skid back down the valley to the village once more.  En route back to the car we saw that there was a Christmas tree festival in St. Edmund's Church and being a sucker for twinkly lights, I didn't feel like I could leave without having a look.
It was so magical, I have to admit that I got a teensy bit emotional.  The trees were so beautifully decorated that I was instantly excited for Christmas, despite it being my birthday!  Each tree was created by a different organisation or business in the area and there were all different kinds of creative decorations such as chip forks, climbing rope and miniature canvases.

We made our way back through the village with its streets lined with yet more trees twinkling with lights and headed off for more birthday celebrations.
The rest of the day included a party food feast with family over at my parents' house, along with champagne and wonderful gifts, before heading out for cocktails in the evening.  It was a perfect birthday.

If you'd like to see more of Castleton, check out this post I did from last winter.



  1. A Chistmas tree festival is such a cute idea, haha. How lovely. (Just stumbled upon your blog today via. Muted Mornings. Looking forward to reading more)


    1. Oh how lovely, thank you. I hope you like what you read haha :) x

  2. These photos are so lovely! The view looks amazing.
    Trudy x | TrudyJohanna

  3. How beautiful and festive! Happy late birthday! It sounds like it was really fun! :) Great post!
    xx Kenzie

    1. Thanks Kenzie, it was pretty awesome if I'm honest :D x

  4. This looks beautiful! Love the twinkly festive trees - how sweet :)


    1. They're so pretty aren't they? Wish I could fill me house with them haha! x

  5. Beautiful photos! I admire you getting your walking boots and hiking in the wet weather! Would love to explore the Peak District.

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

    1. Haha thanks! I weirdly kind of like hiking in the rain...You totally should, it is just so beautiful x


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