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A short walk from Rowsley to Calton Lees taking in part of Chatsworth.
This shortish walk from Rowsley takes you high above the the valley of the river Wye and drops you back down into the valley of the derwent from where you return to your starting point. The route can be a little muddy in places especially after rain so please make sure that you are wearing suitable footwear.
Take the road out of Rowsley that runs up alongside the Peacock hotel, through Bouns Corner Woodland, following the bridleway up to Calton pastures, down towards Chatsworth Park, turning right at Calton Lees to follow the path on the west side of the river Derwent with great views to the village of Beeley.
Parking is possible by the Rowsley recreation ground or if that is full, start the walk at Calton Lees car park in Chatsworth Park.
We think that the best map to use is the OS outdoor leisure map 24 Peak District White Peak area 1 to 25,000 scale or use something like Anquet Mapping software to print off just the section that you need - great to take out with you on a rainy day!
Points of interest
Caudwells Mill -this is a popular tourist attraction at Rowsley and is a working water powered flour mill and craft centre. There is a popular tearoom plus several craft shops and naturally a shop selling flour that is produced and bagged at the mill itself. There is usually a good selection of different types of flour such as plain white, rye and malted flake. It is the malted flake flour that is our favourite as it produces a beautiful granary loaf.
Beeley - Paxton designed estate village in the traditional Chatsworth estate livery with an interesting church plus archaeological remains on the moorland above.
Chatsworth House - the best known and grandest of the Peak District stately homes. Rooms inside to visit plus the cascade and the Emperor fountain. The latter is an intermittent fountain which operates by gravity - when the cistern is full, a valve automatically opens and lets the water down to the fountain. Walks through the grounds including woodland and the climbing venue of Chatworth Edge.
Peak Village - a small popular shopping centre in Rowsley, there are a variety of shops including outdoor clothing, candles, souvenirs, suite, books and of course the ubiquitous Derbyshire Peak District tea shop! There is ample car parking and a pub nearby where you can recover from your shopping spree!
Disused railway line - the line was built by the Midland railway and included a fine Italianate station designed by Joseph Paxton. Paxton was the architect of many of the buildings associated with the Chatsworth and Haddon estates. The railway was originally intended to follow the Derwent valley however the Duke of Devonshire objected to the railway passing close to Chatsworth house. But the Duke of Rutland also objected to the railway passing close to Haddon Hall. Eventually the Duke of Rutland agreed to the line passing behind Haddon Hall but only if it were disguised and hidden in a cutting. Paxton's station building had been built before these shenanigans and was therefore in the wrong valley! So a new station was built close by and is now the Grouse and Claret pub whilst Paxton's original station building can be found in the peak village shopping centre.
Calton Lees - a Paxton designed Chatsworth estate village with a decent little garden centre. Calton Lees is the main parking area at the south end of Chatsworth Park. There is a small parking for the garden centre but it can get a little tight in there so unless you have mobility issues it is probably better to park in the main Calton Lees car park and take a walk to the garden centre. The Calton Lees car park is an excellent place from which to take a walk across the estate lands of Chatsworth house. Please respect the notices and avoid parking at the side of the road that passes through Chatsworth Park.