On leaving Goose Green the walk leads towards Chatsworth Park, passing a row of attractive thatched cottages before going through the fields to the rear of The Cavendish Arms. One of the Peak District’s best known hotels, which is also famous for the ten miles of trout fishing it offers visitors.
The old part of the village is passed through before the former pack horse bridge is crossed by the church. After walking down Bubnell Lane, the path takes you across the fields to join a pleasant riverside walk to Calver.
A long steep climb up the road through Curbar village followed by several fields brings you up to Curbar Gap. The effort is well rewarded by the splendid views to be obtained over miles of countryside as you walk along Baslow Edge before dropping down a steep rocky path back to Baslow and the start of the walk.
Length: 5 miles
Start/finish: Goose Green Car Park, off the A619 on the eastern side of the village
Location: On the A619 Chesterfield to Buxton road where the A621 from Sheffield and A623 from Whaley Bridge converge.
Terrain: Long slopes up and down. Rocky in places.
1. Go right from the car park and after crossing a small bridge right again past a row of thatched cottages towards Chatsworth Park, before following a path on the right.
2. Continue across two short fields and down a narrow path to turn left onto the A619. At the roundabout follow the A623 into the centre of the village.
3. Walk past the church and cross the bridge to turn right up Bubnell Road.
4. In about half a mile as the road swings to the left, turn right at a footpath sign through a stile going to the left across the field to another stile.
5. Head for the line of telephone posts and maintain a route straight-ahead, before crossing a stile to follow a path through a wood.
6. On leaving the wood remain close to the river, crossing several stiles, before walking over a footbridge past some houses on the left and under a road bridge.
7. Turn right over the old Calver Bridge and fork left, avoiding Dukes Lane and going up Curbar Lane by the side of All Saints Church, signed ‘Curbar Village’.
8. Continue up the long hill, carrying straight on at the sign for ‘Curbar Edge’ up Bar Road.
9. When the road bends to the left head go straight on through a stile and follow a steep winding path to meet the road again as it bends back to the right at Curbar Gap.
10. Turn right along the rough path by the roadside. After about 150 yards turn sharp right through a gate stile, where there is an ‘Eastern Moor Estate’ information board.
11. Go to the right of the main track and keeping well clear of the edge continue the walk along Baslow Edge to Wellington Monument.
12. From the monument retrace your steps for about 100 yards to follow a rough track as it winds its way downhill back to Baslow where by taking the second road on the left, Eaton Hill, the starting point of the walk is soon reached.
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PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY
Chatsworth House, Garden, Farmyard and Adventure Playground (Tel. 01246 582204) visitors are free to wander in the magnificent grounds The house stands in a deer park laid out by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century, with hills and woods. Shop and restaurant facilities available. For full details of Chatsworth House, click here. The park is open all year.
Hassop Railway Station (Tel. 01629 813444) on the Monsal Trail, it was built much nearer to Bakewell than Hassop to serve the Duke of Devonshire and is particularly ornate. Now the railway is no more it has been converted into a very large bookshop.
The Derbyshire Craft Centre (Tel.01433 631231) has on display a large selection of local and national crafts, plus a wide range of gifts, books and other items. There is also a popular café. Open seven days a week.
The Rutland Arms (Tel. 01246 582276) stands alongside Baslow’s medieval bridge. There is a particularly attractive beer garden overlooking the river. Food is served lunchtime and evenings during the week and all day at the weekends.
Goose Green Tea Rooms(Tel. 01246 583000) look out over the green. Inside it is pleasantly furnished with green painted furniture, which harmonises with the rest of the décor. Hot and cold meals available seven days a week. Home made cakes are a speciality.
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Baslow is a busy little village, delightfully situated in the Derwent Valley, with Chatsworth Park to the south and Baslow Edge rising to the north.
Inside the church by the door, in a glass case, is a dog whip, which in the 17th and 18th centuries was used by the official ‘dog whipper’ to keep stray dogs in order during the service.
Situated just off the A623 is the private northernmost entrance to the Chatsworth estate. Once it had golden gates but following an accident, when an out of control lorry demolished them, the gateway had to be rebuilt. The village is well served for restaurants, cafes and shops; across the road from the church are a group of shops housed in a handsome block of buildings.
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