Peak District Walking – Baslow Circuit via Gardom’s Edge

Baslow Walk – An afternoon or summer’s evening walk taking in Gardom’s Edge and Wellington’s monument on Baslow Edge.

This is an excellent little Baslow walk circuit with the potential to make it into a longer walk. There are delightful woodland pathways and extensive views from two gritstone edges of the Peak District.

From the mini roundabout next to the church take the residential road up a hill and park next to the telephone exchange. The Baslow walk starts from there. Walk uphill keeping left where the road bends round to the right. Pass the road which led to the former Baslow Hydro and just after a house with a large lawned area take the concessionary path that bears left uphill through the Woodlands. This delightful little path eventually brings you out to meet the track that leads directly up to Wellington’s monument. Where you meet a gate barring your way, go through the gate then leave the track, forking right to follow the wall on your right all the way into the Woodland below Wellington’s monument. This path can be quite muddy and slippy after rain and brings you out at the main road between Baslow and Sheffield.

Carefully cross this road and take the footpath directly opposite which takes you behind a cottage, across a field and into a birch Woodland at the foot of Gardom’s edge. Where this path meets a wall turn left up hill and follow that path all the way along the top of this gritstone escarpment. Where Gardom’s edge finishes, you emerge from the trees and the path crosses a fence that leads you across open moorland where you eventually find your self at a gated stile by a road junction. The main road is still the road that joins Baslow to Sheffield. Cross this road for a second time and follow the minor road opposite for about 100 metres where you have a choice of routes.

The short version of this walk takes the track on the left back to Wellington’s monument and down into Baslow, or if you want any longer stroll (approximately an hour further), carry on up the road for a few metres further and take the footpath that crosses the fields diagonally on your right. This footpath takes you to the start of the White Edge path where you can turn left to reach Curbar Gap. At Curbar Gap you can choose whether to take the path along the top of Baslow Edge or the one below the edge; we prefer the top path as the views are more open. When you reach Wellington’s monument you take the track backed down into Baslow and your starting point.

Disclaimer – probably not really necessary but this day and age one never knows … this is an outline route description only and should not be used in this form for navigation, please ensure that you have with you a map and compass so that you can navigate accurately. Make sure also that your party is suitably equipped and has the fitness to complete the walk safely. As the leader of the walk, the decisions rest with you, we can accept no liability for injury or other mishap if you decide to do this walk. The information is correct to the best of our knowledge.

Local points of interest

Gardom’s edge – a cup and ring carving dating from the bronze age was found in the birch Woodland above Gardom’s edge. Sheffield university has carried out excavations of remains in the area. The edge itself is frequented by climbers particularly the Apple Arete area as it is not quite as greasy as most of the other walls.

Birchen edge – a popular climbing venue with groups and novices. Many of the routes are in the lower grades, there are a few harder room but not many. It gets very midgy (as do all of the Derbyshire gritstone edges) on still summer evenings so be warned! And please, if you are going there just to do a group abseil then don’t attach your rope to the monument as generations of selfish people who cannot be bothered to set up their own belay have already done significant damage. Please don’t make it any worse. Three rocks above the edge are known as the three ships, you will realise why if you visit! Most of the climbing routes are named with a nautical flavour, often based on a Lord Nelson theme. Oh yes, and please will you not call it Birchins … it doesn’t exist!

Chatsworth Park – Chatsworth house is probably the best known and definitely the largest of the Peak District’s stately homes. It if you are interested in stately homes then it is definitely worth a visit with its cascade and the Emperor Fountain. The park itself is a great swathe of grassland grazed by sheep and deer. The original village of Edensor was demolished because the Duke of Devonshire did not want to have it in is for you. He did at least have the village rebuilt nearby; the houses were all designed by Paxton and built in the estate style and colours. There are some fairly famous people buried in the graveyard.

Baslow – the old bridge near the church is very interesting, take a look at toll booth … It must have been manned by somebody very small. During the summer, particularly on a Sunday, Baslow can get very busy on a summer Sunday afternoon as it is a major crossroads for the Peak District. It brings in traffic from Sheffield, Chesterfield as well as from the north and from Baslow.

Robin Hood pub – situated at the junction of the Chesterfield and Matlock road this pub is popular with walkers, climbers and sightseers. There is a lounge and a walkers bar.

There is a small car park adjacent to the pub car park for people wishing to walk in the locality or to go climbing at the nearby Gardom’s and Birchen edges. For those wishing to camp in the area you can leave your car in the public car park – NOT the pub car park please – and take your camping equipment to the Eric Byne campsite at the nearby farm. The site has a toilet and cold running water, camping is in a field adjacent to the birch Woodland that Graces the top of Gardom’s edge.