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Mam Tor

Mam Tor

Mam Tor, also known as the Shivering Mountain, rises on the west side of Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District. Layers of gritstone and shale are exposed and there are constant landslips down the side of the hill. These have forced the closure of the road which used to run across its side.

The landslide is a classic example of a rotational landslip; and it continues to be highly active, slowly engulfing the flat fields at its toe. The ground moves after periods of heavy rainfall: water seeps between the rocks layers lubricating the joints and enabling the different layers to slip over one another. Debris falling from the face adds to the weight of material below. The slip probably began in pre-historic times when the drier climate of the bronze age changed to today's Atlantic period, geologists think it will only stop when the face of the hill reaches an angle of 30 degrees - possibly in another 1,500 years.

Mam Tor is also the Peak District's highest and most impressive Bronze Age Hillfort and the fortifications can still be seen.

The views from the summit of Mam Tor are superb, with a fine view of Edale and Kinder to the north and Hope Valley to the east, and a splendid ridge leading from the summit down to Hollins Cross and along to Lose Hill.

Legend has it that although the surface constantly crumbles and slides downwards, the shadow of the hill never grows any smaller. For this reason Mam Tor was seen as a Wonder.

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