About this image
The photographer's original caption for this view reads: 'Mam Tor Road, Castleton (in todays 'News' Derbyshire). Slipping down into a valley. An enquiry is now being held to decide a suggestion of Closing it and making a new Road down Winnats Pass (a beauty Spot near [Castleton]).'
Mam Tor is a 517m (1,696ft) hill. Landslips, caused by unstable lower layers of shale, have been a characteristic feature over many years and have prompted its alternative name of the Shivering Mountain. Although this view shows subsidence problems before World War Two, it was not until 1979 that the on-going battle to maintain the A625 road (Sheffield to Chapel en le Frith) on the crumbling eastern side of the hill was lost and the road officially closed as a through-route. As predicted by the photographer, traffic now uses the nearby steep and narrow Winnats Pass.