Short Walks near Chatsworth House
Here are a few outline ideas for short walks near Chatsworth House and Park in the Peak District National Park. They don’t all necessarily go past Chatsworth but they are all within a few minutes drive. That means that you can do the walk and then stroll have time to visit Chatsworth. Or vice-versa of course!!
Calton Lees to Rowsley and back.
Park at the car park at Calton Lees (for those of you trying to find the postcode of the car park for your GPS the closest is the Garden Center DE4 2NX). Walk along the road into the village and follow it to pick up a footpath. The footpath takes you across farmland and through the bottom end of Lindop Wood before passing under the (dismantled) railway and along a (usually slurry covered unless the weather has been dry) lane. Return the way you came (unless you want a longer walk). It’s a bit muddy after rain so bear that in mind if you are not doing it in walking boots!
Calton Lees Circular
Park at the Calton Lees car park. Trundle along the road, past the Garden centre and into the village. Where the road makes a sharp left hand turn, take the track straight ahead. Follow that up and through a small cluster of Chatsworth Estate buildings (Calton Houses). Go through the gate in the woods and continue pretty much straight over following an estate track. Follow the short track and wander back through the main part of Chatsworth Park back to Calton Lees.
Calton Lees to Chatsworth House
Park at Calton Lees car park. Walk away from the garden centre and village, carefully crossing the main road. Walk down to the ruin of the old Chatsworth Corn Mill and follow the river through the park to Chatsworth House. Return across the park.
Baslow to Edensor
From the Main car park just off Goose Green in Baslow (Pay and Display plus public toilets) , go through the cottages ind pick up the public footpath into Chatsworth Park. Cross the Bridge by Queen Mary’s Bower and pick up the footpath that rises from the bridge to the right. That drops you out at Edensor Village. The village is interesting with Joseph Paxton architecture and all houses are painted in the estate colours. Paxton and Caroline Kennedy are both buried at Edensor. Return the way you came to conclude this short walks near Chatsworth House.
This walk is a little further from Charsworth House – about 10 mins drive or so. Park on the roadside (thoughtfully please) near the quarry above Birchover on the road leading to Stanton-in-Peak. The footpath takes you up onto Stanton Moor. The first point of interest is the Cork Stone, which is climbed by the more nimble and daring visitors. Simply follow any of the paths and you will pass several cairn circles and the Nine Ladies stone circle. There are several small quarries and the remains of the workings hidden in the woods, as well as a tower. It is a great place just to wander round making discoveries for yourself.
Most of these short walks near Chatsworth House involve ascent and descent, sometimes on paths that are not suited to those attired for a visit to a town. But there are plenty of flatter Peak District Walks to be had if you keep to the valleys and more gentle hills.