An easily accessible and varied walk, starting with a long (and sometimes steep) ascent to the moors, then along Curbar and Froggatt Edges, descending through woodland and following the tranquil River Derwent back to Baslow. Distance 10km or 6 miles; time about 3 hours. This walk can be combined with the Robin Hood circular to make either a longer one, or by reaching the Wellington monument and then following the Robin Hood route from step 6, a shorter one of about 4.3km. See the descriptions below for details.
ADDITIONAL INFO: The variety of this walk demonstrates the wonderful diversity of the British landscape. The initial walk up Bar Road from Baslow is steep in places, but there are many places to stop and admire the views of Chatsworth House in it’s parkland setting behind you. It continues along next to Baslow and Froggart edges, with fine views across the dales and to the historic Calver Mill, built by the industrialist Arkwright in the early 19th century (it has now been converted into apartments). Rising on your right is moorland and you can often hear the quintessential upland cry of curlews, although they can be hard to see.
After the Edges, the route takes you down through woodland and then immediately alongside the River Derwent, passing through a small nature reserve before crossing some farmland, ending on a very quiet minor road, following the river as it passes over a series of weirs. The bridge over the river is probably 17th century, and St. Anne’s church, just the other side, has several features dating back many centuries, although the building itself has been heavily modified over time. Few old churches escaped completely unscathed from the Victorian mania for ‘improvement’, although they also undoubtedly restored and preserved many that otherwise might not have survived.