Grindleford Circular via Chatsworth House walk

Through ancient woods and along some famous Dark Peak Edges to the UK's most-loved Country House, back through the verdant Derwent Valley

Chatsworth House SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

Chatsworth House

SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

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Backview from Curbar Edge SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

Backview from Curbar Edge

SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

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Nelson's Monument, Birchen Edge SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

Nelson's Monument, Birchen Edge

SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

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The Hunting Tower, Chatsworth Estate SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

The Hunting Tower, Chatsworth Estate

SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

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River Derwent, Chatsworth Estate SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

River Derwent, Chatsworth Estate

SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

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Up into Oak's Wood SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

Up into Oak's Wood

SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

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Steep Bouldery Path in Oak's Wood SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

Steep Bouldery Path in Oak's Wood

SWC Walk 322 - Grindleford Circular (via Chatsworth House)

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Length

24.7 km (15.4 mi) with 567m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk and an Alternative Ending see below Walk Options.

Toughness

7 out of 10, with 6 hours 20 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 11 1/2 hours.

Walk Notes

From Grindleford Station, you ascend through ancient oak woodlands to the eastern rim of the wooded Upper Derwent Valley flanked by a continuous series of some of the most famous of the gritstone escarpments - or edges - of the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park, named after the colour of the grit stone. You follow the edges south, with views along this stretch back along the Derwent River encompassing much of the Central Peak District: Higger Tor and Stanage Edge, Win Hill, Lose Hill and the Great Ridge, Kinder Scout as well as Eyam Moor across the valley.
After lunch you follow permissive paths through the Chatsworth Estate and drop down through the steep wooded edge and past the magnificent Chatsworth House (the UK's most liked Country House). You then join the Derwent River and return along it through the scenic Chatsworth Park, landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and Sir Joseph Paxton, situated in a glorious setting surrounded by wooded hillsides, looking up to the classic gritstone edge scenery walked along earlier. You pass through Baslow and a few other, more quiet villages, some woods, marshland, a wooded wetland and finally along ancient packhorse routes through quiet lush pastures back to Grindleford Station.

An alternative - more challenging - return route re-ascends the edges from Baslow village along the grassy slopes of the valley and through the Curbar Gap to cross the upland Big Moor along the lonely White Edge.

Walk Options

Various bus lines enable shorter versions by either taking buses from Sheffield or Chesterfield stations to stops along the route or by finishing the walk earlier with buses back to train stations. The stops are: Bar Brook Bridge, Robin Hood Inn, Chatsworth House, Baslow Nether End, Baslow Church Street, Calver Bridge, Grindleford Playing Field (see the route map for symbols for them).

  • Line 65/65a (Buxton - Sheffield, Mon-Sat to late afternoon): serves Calver, Froggatt and Grindleford (village);
  • Line 66 (Tideswell - Chesterfield, Mon-Sat, useful services are late afternoon and early evening): serves Calver, Baslow and the Robin Hood Inn;
  • Line 170 (Bakewell - Chesterfield, hourly Mon-Sat, every 2 hours Sun): serves Baslow and the Robin Hood Inn;
  • Line 215 (Bakewell - Sheffield, Mon-Fri, only one bus late afternoon): serves Baslow, Calver and Grindleford (village);
  • Line 218 (Matlock/Bakewell - Sheffield, 7 days): serves the A 621 by Bar Brook Bridge (half-hourly, cutting 8 km from the walk), Chatsworth House (hourly) and Baslow (half-hourly).

An Extension at the end, along the Derwent River and via Upper Padley, adds 700m, but cuts tarmac.
An Alternative Ending, crossing Big Moor along White Edge, rises from the Derwent Valley at Baslow back onto the edges and takes a route higher - and more exposed - than the outward route, back to Grindleford Station. This adds 1.5 km distance and 172m ascent and is rated 8/10.

Maps

OS Explorer: OL24 (The Peak District - White Peak Area)
OS Landranger: 110 (Sheffield & Huddersfield)
Harvey Superwalker XT25: Peak District Central and South
Harvey British Mountain Map: Dark Peak or White Peak

Travel

Grindleford station, map reference SK 250 787, is 14 km south west of Sheffield, 224 km north west of Charing Cross, 165m above sea level and in Derbyshire. It is on the Hope Valley Line from Manchester to Sheffield, with a journey time of 12-15 mins from Sheffield. Sheffield Station is the terminus of the Midland Main Line from London St. Pancras, with up to two trains per hour (journey time from 118 mins Mon-Sat, longer on Sundays).

Saturday Walkers Club: Take a train no later than 9.00 hours.

Lunch

Jolly's Catering Company Car Park off Clodhall Lane, Curbar, Derbyshire, S32 3YR (07880 139925). 100m off route, 5.6 km/3.5 mi into the walk.
The Robin Hood Inn Chesterfield Road, Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1PQ (01246 582 551). The Robin Hood is located 10.4 km/6.4 mi into the walk.
At the Chatsworth Estate (all open daily, until at least 16.00), 13.6 km/8.4 mi from the start of the walk: Carriage House, Flying Childers and Cavendish restaurants.

Tea All Route Options: [All Baslow options are 16.1 km/10.0 mi from the start of the walk.]
Cafe on the Green Nether End, Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1SR (01246 583 000).
The Devonshire Arms Nether End, Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1SR (01246 582 619).
The Wheatsheaf Nether End, Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1SR (01246 582 240). A Marston's Inn.
Il Lupo Nether End, Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1SR (01246 583 000). Pugliese cuisine on the village green.
The Maynard Main Road, Upper Padley, Grindleford, Derbyshire, S32 2HE (01433 630 321). A hotel, welcoming to walkers, 5 minutes from Grindleford station.
Grindleford Station Cafe Station Approach, Upper Padley, Grindleford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 1JA (01433 631 011).

Main Walk Option
Rowley's Church Lane, Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1RY (01246 583 880). 17.0 km/10.6 mi from the start of the walk.
Charlie's Church Street, Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1RY (01246 582 619). 17.1 km/10.6 mi from the start of the walk.
The Bridge Inn Calver Bridge, Calver, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 3XA (01433 442 479). The Bridge Inn is located 5.1 km/3.2 mi from the end of the walk.
The Eating House Calver Bridge, Calver, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 3XA (01433 631 583).
The Sir William Hotel Sir William Hill Road, Grindleford, Derbyshire, S32 2HS (01433 630 303). The Sir William is located 300m off route, 1.6 km from the end of the walk.
Grindleford Community Shop St Helen's Church Vestry, Grindleford, S32 2JG (01433 631 611).

White Edge Option
The Grouse Inn Longshaw, near Sheffield, Derbyshire S11 7TZ (01433 631 011). The Grouse Inn is located 1.6 km/1.0 mi from the end of the walk.

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