3.5 of 5 (24 votes)

Baslow to Bakewell via Chatsworth

A leisurely walk (countryside) in national park Peak District starting and finishing in Derbyshire, England, about 8.20km (5.10 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 165m (541ft)
Descent 172m (564ft)
Max. Elevation 280m (918ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 337m (1105ft)
Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Distance 8.20km
Duration ~2:45h
4Created by timmy on 26 Feb 2012
A fairly easy walk through three classic English landscapes; tended parkland, farmland and old woodland. Has fine views of Chatsworth that can’t be seen from any road, and passes through the unusual “model” village of Edensor. This walk is one of six leaflets describing walks in the Peak District that can be reached by public transport from Chesterfield, for people without cars, or who want to leave the car at home. To see all six walks and download their leaflet of the walk (with detailed bus information) visit: http://bit.ly/bxpBaa

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OS Grid SK255725
From the bus stop, walk back a few metres and turn right onto the road that leads to a small bridge; cross this and turn right onto the path which is signposted to Chatsworth. Follow this, going through the rotating kissing gate and then take the right-hand path. Continue on this as it runs roughly parallel to the river; ignore any other paths you cross, until you see Chatsworth House to the left ahead of you.
OS Grid SK256701
Just past the stone tower (Queen Mary’s Bower) you come to the road that leads up to the house. Turn right across the bridge over the Derwent and take the footpath that bears right away from the road. At the top of the hill are excellent views back towards Chatsworth, with the water cascade behind it. Go down the other side of the hill and cross the road into the village of Edensor (pronounced Enzor), through the blue gate. There is a small shop and a tearoom in the village, on the road to the left of the church.
About 2.34 km (~1.45 miles) from
OS Grid SK248698
Walk through the village, keeping the church on your left hand side. For a shorter route (5km) follow the lane (which becomes a sunken track) until it merges with a road at the top and, bearing left, continue along that for a few hundred metres (this will mean walking along a minor road without a pavement). Then go down the bridleway through the woods on your left. Otherwise, past the church and a few houses, there is a signpost pointing left to Carlton Lees and Rowsley; go up the steps and then straight away turn left, up more steps into the field at the top.
About 0.84 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid SK247687
The path across the grass isn’t clear but, about 45 degrees on the right and a few metres into the field, is a post with a footpath marker on it. Walk past this and then carry on in the same direction across the field skirting the right tip of the wood at the bottom of the slope. From here climb the hill in front, still in the same direction (this is steep but reasonably short). This is the edge of the Chatsworth estate. There are seats at the top where you can enjoy more fine views of Chatsworth. Go through the gate or over the steps into the wood; walk through and out the other side.
About 1.15 km (~0.71 miles) from
OS Grid SK241681
A few metres past the wood there is a footpath marker where a bridleway (in the form of a grassy track) crosses; turn right onto this and follow it to the top of a hill, heading for an isolated stand of trees. Just before the trees is a pond; go round it on the left, passing through two gates.There are now two options, one either side of the stand of trees (a) slightly easier and (b) which is steep, very rough and can be slippery; decent walking shoes and a proper stick are the minimum requirement for this route.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SK233688
To the left of the trees; signposted Bakewell. Follow the faint path, heading for the edge of the wood at the lowest point of the dip, where you will come to a gate. Follow the path down through the wood, continuing straight down the very rocky path (shared with a stream) where a wider track crosses at the breeze block bunker. (the track to the right joins the bridleway described above). Lower down there is path on the left, past a sign (“Haddon Estates”); ignore this but go straight on down. Leave the woods and cross the golf course, go over the disused railway line and follow the path down to the road. Turn right onto and walk along to the bridge; cross this into Bakewell town centre.
About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid SK217684
Finish in Bakewell, perhaps with a Bakewell pudding.
About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from

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14 Mar 2012
Baslow To Bakewell

As the author "timmy" says, bus ride from Chesterfield (Church with twisted spire), guided tours of inside and up well worth doing before taking bus, when reaching Bakewell, a lovely little town, there is a nice circular walk from old railway station, along old railway bed and back, see Flickr popular tags CARFREEWALKS.

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