Strenuous Leader: Jimmy Need Distance: 12 Miles
Today’s walk starts with a nice steady climb out of Baslow, which brings us up onto Eaglestone Flat. Wellington’s Monument and Eagle Stone are to be found and the first challenge of the day awaits you. From here we make our way over to and along Curbar and Froggatt Edges. This should bring us nicely into our lunch stop, to build our strength up for the second challenge of the day. After lunch we make our way to Tumbling Hill which will lead down to the village of Grindleford. From here we have a nice amble alongside the River Derwent back to Baslow.
Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon Distance: 8 Miles
From Baslow we make our way through the village for a steady climb along the hillside to Curbar, followed by a steeper climb through stony woodland and on to Curbar Edge. We follow the edge, enjoying fine views down to the valley of the River Derwent . This is followed by Baslow Edge past the Eagle Stone and Wellingtons Monument. Along a good track to cross the A621, then a thinner moorland path up to Birchen Edge which takes us onto the road at Robin Hood (pub). We then follow tracks and paths down through part of the Chatsworth Estate back to Baslow.
Two main roads to cross, and care needs to be taken climbing through rocky woodland.
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee Distance: 7 miles
A circuit of Chatsworth Park. We start off with a 400 ft ascent of the hill behind Chatsworth House to the Hunting Lodge and the Dell, then loop round the Emperor Lake and Stand Wood on almost level ground before coming down off the hill at Carlton Lees via Beeley Moor. For the last 2 miles we follow the riverside path back to base.
Easy Leader: Philomena Walker Distance: 5 miles
A pleasant walk along the riverside from Baslow to Chatsworth House, crossing the bridge here to Edensor where, weather permitting, we have the perfect spot for lunch. When we tire of looking at the views we will cross over the river again and walk round the back of Chatsworth House, through Stand Wood, and up to the Hunting Lodge. From here we can access the gardens, café and shops of Chatsworth. Depending on time, we can spend some time looking around here before setting off back along the riverside to Baslow.