A leisurely walk through beautiful parkland, where deer roam freely, with outstanding views of Chatsworth House. Near the start of the walk, it passes through the tiny hamlet of Calton Lees with its attractive stone cottages before gradually climbing up to Calton Houses and entering parkland. Soon a log cabin comes into view a short distance from the path on the right. This is known as the Russian Cottage and was given to the Duke of Devonshire in 1855 by Tzar Nicholas of Russia.
After passing through New Piece Wood and admiring the wonderful views you soon arrive in Edensor by a flight of stone steps near to the church. For sheer variety of architecture no other village in England can compare with Edensor and a walk round the village is time well spent.
The walk continues to the bridge over the Derwent leading to Chatsworth House and then takes a detour to visit Queen Mary’s Bower. Here, Mary Queen of Scots used to relax when she was held captive at Chatsworth. The final section of the walk takes you along the banks of the Derwent with lovely views of Chatsworth House and gardens.
Length: 4 miles.
Start/finish: Calton Lees Car Park, to the east of Chatsworth House on the B6012.
Location: Take the B6012 road signed for ‘Chatsworth House’ from the A6 Matlock to Buxton road.
Terrain: Easy walking. No steep inclines.
1. Leave the car park and go through the gateway to the right of the Garden Centre and follow the road to the right through the pretty hamlet of Calton Lees.
2. Just after a triangle of grass in the middle of the road, take the centre of three gates leading up a long lane.
3. After climbing gently upwards for about a mile the lane bends sharply right and then left through a farm gateway and Calton Houses.
4. Continue along a stony track, leaving by a wooden gate and turning right alongside a wall, walking straight ahead when the field opens out.
5. Follow the path across the field keeping to the left of a barn, passing a sign for ‘Chatsworth and Edensor.’ The Russian House can be seen in the distance on the right.
6. A few yards beyond the sign cross a stile into a small wood to follow a walled track to a ladder stile with the Chatsworth Estate parklands stretching out in front of you.
7. Walk downhill heading towards the spire of Edensor Church, keeping to the left of two fenced, tree enclosures.
8. Bear to the left of the church and churchyard and go through an iron swing gate close to a house on the left and descend a flight of steps to the road.
9. Cross the road and follow the path to the right into Edensor village walking past the village green to the main road.
10. Continue along the surfaced track on the opposite side of the road as it winds to the right to the bridge over the Derwent.
11. Go over the bridge to visit Queen Mary’s Bower which is clearly visible on the left, before re-tracing your steps across the bridge and turning left alongside the river.
12. Follow the Derwent in front of Chatsworth House and gardens until a derelict mill is reached where you turn right and walk back to cross the road turning left to return to the start of the walk.
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PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY
Chatsworth House, Garden, Farmyard and Adventure Playground (Tel 01246 582204) one of the grandest stately homes in the country and the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Both the house and magnificent gardens are open to the public. For full details of Chatsworth House, click here.
Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop (Tel. 01246 583392) situated at Pilsley one and a half miles from Chatsworth House. Sells a fine selection of meat and dairy products. Open daily.
Peak Village (Tel. 01629 733433) is the Peak District’s first and only Factory Outlet Shopping Centre set in beautiful surroundings at Rowsley. Open daily.
The Devonshire Arms (Tel. 01629 733259) was formerly three separate cottages, before its conversion in 1747 to a coaching inn. It boasts some important patrons, as the writer Charles Dickens and King Edward VII both stayed at the inn. Bar meals are available daily and on Sundays a Victorian Breakfast can be consumed, subject to booking. Open for food seven days a week.
Edensor Shop and Tea Rooms (01246 582283) delicious home cooking is a feature at these attractive tea rooms situated inside, the post office and village shop. Since, the premises have been re-furbished there is now additional seating outside. Open daily except Mondays (not Bank Holidays) and Tuesdays.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the village has been re-sited since then.
Originally it lay between the river and the road through the Park, when the houses were set out in a straggling line down to the Derwent.
This did not appeal to the fourth Duke of Devonshire who having spent considerable money and effort improving the House, redesigning the gardens and building a grand new bridge over the river, decided to take down those houses visible from the House.
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Chatsworth, 'The Palace of the Peak' was named Britain's Best Stately Home in Period Living and Traditional Homes magazine's Best of British Awards 2004-2005. Over 200,000 votes were cast, when readers of the market leading magazine were asked to nominate the aspects of traditional British life that they love best. For more information click below.
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