A Taste of the
Peak District, Derbyshire walk, Wellington's Monument, Gardom's Edge and Baslow …
An afternoon or evening walk taking in Gardom's Edge and Baslow Edge.
This is an excellent little circuit with the potential to make it into a longer walk. There are delightful woodland pathways and extensive views from the two edges of of the Peak District village of Baslow.
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OK, here is the walk outline ...
From the mini roundabout next to the church take the residential road up a hill and park next to the telephone exchange. Take the track that leads directly up to Wellington's monument; it is possible to deviate from this and go via a concessionary path through the woodland to the right. Where you meet a gate barring the track, go through the gate fork right alongside the wall, into the Woodland below which brings you out at the main road between Baslow and Sheffield.
Carefully cross this road and take the path up to Gardom's edge. walk back along to top of Gardom's Edge then across open moorland to a road junction. The main road is still the road that joins Baslow to Sheffield. Cross it for a second time and take the track on the left (used illegally by trail bike riders so keep an eye open as they don't usually show any respect to walkers) back to Wellington's monument and down into Baslow. If you want a longer stroll, follow the footpath takes you to the start of the White Edge path where you can turn left to reach Curbar Gap. At Curbar Gap you can choose whether to take the path along the top of Baslow Edge or the one below the edge to re-join the track that returns you to your starting point.
Disclaimer - this is a brief outline, you should work out the full route for yourself using a map before setting off. Make sure that you and your party are suitably equipped and are fit enough.
Local points of interest
Gardom's edge - a cup and ring carving dating from the bronze age was found in the birch Woodland above Gardom's edge. Sheffield university has carried out excavations of remains in the area. The edge itself is frequented by climbers particularly the Apple Arete area as it is not quite as greasy as most of the other walls.
Birchen edge - a popular climbing venue with groups and novices. Many of the routes are in the lower grades, there are a few harder room but not many. It gets very midgy (as do all of the Derbyshire gritstone edges) on still summer evenings so be warned! And please, if you are going there just to do a group abseil then don't attach your rope to the monument as generations of selfish people who cannot be bothered to set up their own belay have alrerady done significant damage. Please don't make it any worse. Three rocks above the edge are known as the three ships, you will realise why if you visit! Most of the climbing routes are named with a nautical flavour, often based on a Lord Nelson theme.
Chatsworth Park - Chatsworth house is probably the best known and definitely the largest of the Peak District's stately homes. It if you are interested in stately homes then it is definitely worth a visit with its cascade and the Emperor Fountain. The park itself is a great swathe of grassland grazed by sheep and deer. The village of Edensor was demolished because the duke of Devonshire did not want to have it in is for you. He did at least had the village rebuilt nearby; the houses were all designed by Paxton and built in the estate style and colours.
Baslow - the old bridge near the church is very interesting, take a look at toll booth ... It must have been manned by somebody very small. During the summer, particularly on a Sunday, Baslow can get very busy on a summer Sunday afternoon as it is a major crossroads for the Peak District. It brings in traffic from Sheffield, Chesterfield as well as from the north and from Baslow.
Robin Hood pub - situated at the junction of the Chesterfield and Matlock road this pub is popular with walkers, climbers and sightseers. There is a small car park adjacent to the pub car park for people wishing to walk in the locality or to go climbing at the nearby Gardom's and Birchen edges. For those wishing to camp in the area you can leave your car in the public car park and take your camping equipment to the Eric Byne campsite at the nearby farm. The site has a toilet and cold running water, camping is in a field adjacent to the birch Woodland that Graces the top of Gardom's edge.