Baslow Edge walk (2.7km): Highland Coos and Epic Views
This short Baslow Edge walk offers an easy loop from Curbar Gap car park, perfect for little legs on a family walk. There are lots of fun boulders to climb over, under and through, and our boys always love seeing the Highland cattle here (you’re almost guaranteed to spot them!) 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.
If you are planning a visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds, and respect social distancing. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs and park your car in designated parking areas.
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It’s a good idea to have the OS Explorer Active Map OL24 with you for this walk. We also like pointing out the features on the map to the kids, to help them get them used to map reading. However, the first section of this Baslow Edge walk isn’t actually marked on the OS Map, although the footpath when you’re there is very obvious.
TYPE OF WALK: A flat, circular walk with escarpment views.
PARKING: Pay and display parking at Curbar Gap car park (click here for Google Map Point). Postcode is: S32 3YR. The parking meter does take cards, but doesn’t always work. It’s £2.50 for 1 hour, £2.60 up to 4 hours, and £4 all day. National Trust members can park for free. This car park does get very busy at weekends and school holidays. We suggest you arrive by 9:30am.
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 45 minute walk. But our boys spent a good hour just playing on the boulders and not getting very far at all. Allow a couple of hours.
TOTAL ASCENT: 54 metres
PUBLIC TOILETS: There are no toilet facilities on this walk or at the car park.
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 meters 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 down to the view point below, with a plaque that points out 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 you 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, back track 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 Egde.
9. Once you reach the road, retrace your footsteps back to the car park.
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