This short Baslow Edge walk offers a relatively flat loop from Curbar Gap car park, perfect for little legs. There are lots of fun boulders to climb over, under and through, and if you’re lucky, you may spot Highland cattle here. Plus the views are very impressive; standing on Baslow Edge on a clear day you can see Chatsworth House to the left and then Kinder Plateau in the far distance to the right. In fact, it’s one of our top walks for the best Peak District views.
Fancy making this into a longer walk? Then combine this with the Curbar Edge walk, which also starts from Curbar Gap car park, and also takes in White Edge and Froggatt Edge.
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If you are planning a visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds if visiting over sunny weekends or school holidays. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs and park your car in designated parking areas. Also, please use these walks as a guide; access and stiles may change.
During the winter months, it’s important to be extra prepared and safe when out walking and adventuring in the Peak District. The weather can change so quickly, especially on the exposed escarpments, and we don’t want you to get caught out.
Read our top tips for safe winter walking with the kids.
PARKING INFORMATION: Please do not rely solely on the postcode for parking directions. In the National Park, a postcode can cover a large area. Postcodes are only provided as guidance. Please either use the Google Maps point provided for every walk, or what3words.
Do check out our top tips for hiking with young kids, as well as our essential items to take on a family hike in the Peak District.
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Baslow Edge walk map
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Need to know
DISTANCE OF WALK: 2.7km (1.7 miles)
TYPE OF WALK: A flat, circular walk with escarpment views.
PARKING: Curbar Gap car park (click here for Google Map Point). Postcode is: S32 3YR. Parking is FREE for NT and RSPB members, otherwise you need to pay by cash or card (£3.50 for 4 hours, or £5 for all day). This car park does get very busy at weekends and school holidays, so we suggest you arrive by 9:30am. Don’t risk parking on the double yellow lines, you will be ticketed.
WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Highland cattle, lots of boulders to climb, Eagle Rock (which looks more like a frog to us), and incredible views to Chatsworth House and the Kinder Plateau on a clear day.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: Without kids this would be a 1 hour walk. But guaranteed, young kids will spend a good hour just playing on the boulders and not getting very far at all. Allow a couple of hours.
TOTAL ASCENT: 55 metres
FACILITIES: There are no toilet facilities on this walk or at the car park. Although during weekends and schools holidays, Jolly’s Coffee and Cake (a cute van-turned-café) can be found at the car park.
START: Curbar Gap car park
Click here for Google Map point
Grid reference: SK 2621 7468
Post code: S32 3YR
Route follows an anticlockwise direction.
1. From the carpark, cross the road. To the right you will see a footpath that goes along the left hand side of the road. Follow this for 100 metres to the gate.
2. Walk through the gate and follow the footpath ahead. After 50 metres you will see a path that branches off to the right. This footpath isn’t actually marked on the OS Map, but it’s a clear footpath (as you can see in the photo below).
3. This path leads you to a viewpoint, with a plaque detailing the surrounding hill tops.
4. Follow the path to the left of the viewpoint that goes along the edge of Baslow Edge. There are so many boulders here for kids to play on, so you may find that this stretch takes a while.
5. Keep following this path along the edge of Baslow Edge for 1km until you reach the intersection of footpaths below.
6. Walk straight ahead, across the intersection, to Wellington’s Monument, a gritstone cross dedicated to the Duke of Wellington for his victory in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
7. From Wellington’s Monument, backtrack to the intersection and turn right towards Eagle Stone. Or take the footpath that cuts through directly from Wellington’s Monument (although this isn’t as obvious). On a clear day, you will spot ‘Eagle Stone’ straight away. Personally we think it looks more like a frog and should be renamed to ‘Frog Stone’.
8. From Eagle Stone, continue along the footpath for 1km through Eaglestone Flat back to the road. The escarpment immediately in front of you are you near the road is Curbar Edge.
9. Once you reach the road, retrace your footsteps back to the car park.
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Want more ideas for family walks?
Best Family Walks in the Peak District
Pram Friendly Peak District walks
Toddler walks in the Peak District
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