Blue John runs through the Harrison family’s veins!


A remarkable family story links all four of Castleton’s famous caverns, as Steve Brown reports.

ONE of Derbyshire most popular destinations, Castleton’s streets normally bustle with tourists, enjoying the shops and cafes, and with hikers heading out to the hills. And it’s famous worldwide, too, for its caverns. For many years now visitors have been welcomed to its four show caves/caverns. Although each cavern is different, their histories are linked by a remarkable family story. At Treak Cliff Cavern, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Harrison family taking over its running – and on a cold, bright day I met Vicky Turner (nee Harrison), one of the cavern’s owners, to hear how they came to own and run this fascinating complex…