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To get started on walking in the Peak District, simply buy yourself some maps (White Peak or Dark Peak) and make up your own walks/runs or buy one of the many good guides to walking in the Peak - see the 'booksales' section of this site or try Pub walks, tea shop walks or classic walks (in association with Amazon). Click here for views from walks (large files so will be slow - you have been warned!). If you are looking for somewhere to stay, try our accommodation close to Froggatt and Curbar section for a selection of self catering and bed and breakfast holiday accommodation.
Froggatt and Curbar Edges, Padley Gorge and Longshaw Estate - park at Grindelford Station Cafe; head up the steps by the old station building, cross the main road (B6521) and find the path up through Hay Wood on the left, hidden in amongst the houses on Tegness Road (easy to miss!). Meander up through the lovely woodland path to emerge at the car park off the A625 at the north end of Froggatt Edge.
From the car park above Hay Wood, drop down the path (care needed in winter or wet weather, steep and slippery and often encased in ice during cold spells) to the stream, cross that and back up to the Road.
Next, turn right along the road back towards the village of Froggatt, crossing it with care to commence the Froggatt Edge path. Follow this through the birch woodlands past the Stoke Flat stone circle where the moorland opens out. The high ground you see over the moorland to your left is White Edge and your return path. Follow the path along the top of Froggatt Edge, a popular venue for climbing, and then, after a rise, walk along the well trodden tracks above Curbar Edge, enjoying the views of the Peak District landscape from this high vantage point. Curbar is also a popular climbing venue but has a reputation of being steep. At the end of Curbar Edge, pass through the gate and bear left through the Curbar Gap car park, past the fields (keeping them on your left), crossing a stream and some often boggy land and steeply up to White Edge. Follow the concessionary path along White Edge to its end. Along the way, there ared various rock formations where you can take a breather, some lunch or whatever, some of which bear the scars of rifle training exercises in the form of small dimples about 1 - 2 inches across. At the north end of White Edge, you have a choice of routes for the last couple of hundred yards, you can either drop down onto a track or carry on along the top of White Edge. They both meet up at the point where the A625 andB6054 meet.
Cross the A625 road junction to the gate giving access into the Longshaw Estate. Follow the grassy track across the moorland, through trees and behind past the Lodge. Cross the B6521 carefully to take the track that leads to the top of Padley Gorge, descend into Padley Gorge just before you reach the Sheffield to Hathersage road, the A6187. Follow this back downstream, on a delightful path firstly across the moorland and then through the woods (slippery in places in the wet and in the winter) and back to Padley station. Maybe even treat yourself to a chip butty in the caff to round off an excellent day!
Disclaimer - please make sure that your party has the necessary skills, equipment and fitness before setting off into the hills. It is often necessary to be able to navigate through peat bogs and over open moorland using a map and compass. The weather can change very quickly in the hills so be prepared.