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A popular Peak District town with tourists and locals from Sheffield, Chesterfield and Derby since it is well served by major roads and has plenty of pubs, places to eat and outdoors activities.

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Baslow lies at the junction of the A619 (links Bakewell to Chesterfield), the A 621 (Sheffield to Baslow) and A623 which takes you through the very heart of the Peak District. Despite being a major meeting of the ways, it still has very much a village feel, with a fine Church and a triangular village green. It has become a commuter village for Sheffield and Chesterfield because of the excellent road communications, it does become a little congested on sunny summer Sunday evenings and Bank Holidays as day trippers and tourists head home.

The bulk of the housing lies on the slopes beneath Baslow Edge. The latter makes a splendid walk from the car park by the village green. A steep pull up from the car park leads to the Edge and its fabulous views, together with Wellington’s monument, erected by a local doctor to celebrate the battle of Waterloo.

The oldest part of Baslow is Bridge End - the area in the vicinity of the church. Here you will find the bridge that carried the original 18th century turnpike road from Sheffield over the River Derwent. The triple arched bridge is now traffic-free and was constructed in the 17th century. The accompanying toll-shelter is small, with a door only 3 1/2 feet tall! Further along the west bank lies Bubnell Hall, a building that is contemporary with the bridge.

Thatched cottages are rare in the Peak District but a row can be found at Nether End in Baslow, next to Bar Brook.

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An interesting building, sadly now gone, was the grand sounding Baslow Hydropathic Establishment which was a high-class Victorian ‘health farm’ where wealthy Victorians traveled to take the healing waters of Baslow.

Baslow and its environs have been occupied by humans for millennia. The wild, heather covered moorland, home to Merlin and Grouse, once was home to Bronze Age farmers, whose field systems can still be traced in places. A fine cup and ring marked rock was discovered in the woods above the nearby Gardom’s Edge. This has now been hidden and a replica placed in a more obvious position in order to protect the original, which is very similar in appearance to the cup and ring marked rocks in Northumberland. Below Baslow Bar, look carefully and you will see dry stone walls that are arranged in a reverse ‘S’ shape, indicative of the enclosure of medieval fields.

Baslow is well endowed with pubs and places to eat, the nearby Robin Hood pub (junction of the B6058 and A619 Chesterfield road) is a popular parking place (not in the pub car park please) for walkers and climbers heading to Birchen Edge or Chatsworth Edge. Baslow also provides an alternative entry point to Chatsworth Park for those wishing to stroll through the grounds.

Tawny Owl Barn, Cutthorpe, near Chesterfield and Baslow (sleeps 4 - 6).
Ideal for couples Situated down a small lane on the owner's non working farm, these former barns have been sympathetically converted retaining many exposed beams and stone walls.... more information and online booking

 

Corner Cottage, Baslow, Derbyshire (sleeps 2 - 3). Close to Chatsworth in a delightful part of the Peak District National Park, this 250-year-old stone cottage makes a very comfortable and cosy holiday base in any season. On the doorstep is superb walking ... more information and online booking.

 

 

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