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Swiss House is ideally located in the heart of the village of Castleton, Derbyshire, which is justifiably one of the most popular tourist locations in the Peak District National Park.

This area has numerous caverns and deep valleys (or 'dales') carved out of the local limestone rock. Castleton Caverns are rightly famous and a popular visitor atraction.

The scenery is spectacular and it is an ideal area for walking. The deep-cut valley of Cave Dale begins at the very centre of the village and is the starting-point for many excellent walks.

On the north side of Hope Valley there is a ridge of low hills including Mam Tor, Back Tor and Lose Hill, which are also excellent places for a walk, and beyond this lies Edale - the starting point of the Pennine Way - and Kinder Scout, which is one of the finest of the gritstone moorlands for which the Peak District is famous.

Other fine areas for walks are Bleaklow, Stanage Edge the Derwent Valley and the Goyt Valley - all within easy reach of Castleton.

To the south of Castleton there a numerous limestone dales with fine scenery and excellent walking. Dovedale, with its wonderful landscape, is less than 20 miles from Castleton.

You can enjoy a fine, easy walk along this magnificent valley, from the picture-postcard village of Ilam to the bustle of the cheese-making village of Hartington.

There are many historic houses within easy reach of Castleton which are well worth a visit. These include Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Lyme Hall and Park and Hardwick Hall.

Other historic places include the famous Stone Age henge of Arbor Low and the Plague village of Eyam.

If you prefer Theme Parks then Alton Towers is a little over an hour away by car, and the many attractions of the Matlock area (such as the Heights of Abraham) are closer still.

The Peak District is also a wonderful area for many other activities, such as cycling, rock-climbing, pot-holing and hang-gliding.

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View to Lose Hill from Mam Tor
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Hardwick Hall
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Mountain Bikers near Mam Tor