We join our friends at Large Outdoors and start at the traditional Derbyshire village of Baslow and head south into the Chatsworth Estate. This first part of the walk is through flat parkland and before long the House itself comes into view. We cross the River Derwent and follow its course through the park laid out in the naturalistic style by Capability Brown in the 1750s.
We may be lucky enough to spot herds of fallow and red deer on the opposite bank. Crossing the river again, we leave the park and head towards the picturesque village of Beeley. From the village we climb uphill through woods and forest to a height of 300m to reach Beeley Moor, which contains the remains of human civilization dating back to the Bronze Age. The views from the moor down into the Derwent Valley are magnificent.
We then re-enter the Chatsworth Estate, but into the wooded hills above the House where we pass two lakes to reach the Hunting Tower. From here there is a fine panorama of the rear of the House and across the central section of the park. From the tower we continue north and enter wilder country as we head downhill to Robin Hood via Dobb Edge and cross a river to reach the inn where we can enjoy a well earned pint! From the inn it’s a short, but steep climb onto the moors of Birchen Edge, a famous climbing location where we pass a monument to Nelson.
We then head onto the rear part of Baslow Edge and pass a monument to Wellington and the Eagle Stone. The return to Baslow and the car park is through dense woodland. Afterwards those who want to can join us in the excellent Devonshire Arms pub in Baslow for a drink, or possibly the best carvery in Derbyshire!
10.45m – 4pm
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