Baslow Edge Short Walk From Curbar Gap | 3-Mile Route

Highland Cow near Baslow Edge

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If you are looking for a lovely 3-mile route this Baslow Edge short walk is a great option.

A short uphill walk and you have wonderful views down to the Derwent Valley. In late summer the edge is covered in purple heather and in autumn it’s a beautiful red-orange below as the trees below are changing colour.

The walk along Baslow Edge is wonderful, plenty of gritstone rocks jutting out, then down past Wellington’s Monument to an area where you have a good chance of spotting some Highland Cattle.

You walk over the Open Access land of Big Moor as you head towards White Edge, (look out for deer around here too) then a loop back to the car park to end your walk.  

Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk at Curbar Gap, parking options, route information, map, GPX file, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.

Ask me any questions about the route in the comments below.

Baslow Edge short walk from Curbar

Bell Heather and views of Curbar Edge
Pretty Bell Heather on Baslow Edge in late summer

Walk information

Walk type: Short circular walk

Distance: 3.3 miles/5.2 km

Walk time: 1.5-2 hours

Total ascent: 151 m/495 ft

Highest point: 326 m/1,069 ft

Walk highlights: Baslow Edge and views back to Curbar Edge, Highland Cows, deer rutting (in autumn)

Trig points: 0 (White Edge trig is nearby – see ‘options to extend the walk’ below)

Stiles: 0

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Baslow Edge walk map

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Baslow Edge short walk map from Curbar
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Walk start point

Start grid reference: SK 26362 74654

Car parking address: Curbar Gap Car Park, Clodhall Lane, Hope Valley, S32 2YR or S32 3YR

Curbar Gap is a National Trust car park, free for members, if not see costs below or alternatively further down the road, there are a couple of laybys or on busy weekends there are places you can park along the road.

Parking Cost*

  • Up to 1 hour – £1.50
  • Up to 4 hours – £2.60
  • Over 4 hours – £4.00

(*Cash and card payments accepted. Prices correct at time of writing)

Public transport

There are no public transport options to get to the start of this route.

Facilities on the walk

At the start of the walk, there are no public toilets or facilities. The nearest public toilets are in Baslow, a short drive away.

During weekends there’s a hot drinks van at weekends called Jolly’s – they have cakes too! For after your walk there are a few local pubs not too far away in different directions, there’s The Bridge Inn at Calver, the Grouse Inn at Froggatt or the Robin Hood at Baslow.

Grouse Inn pub
The Grouse Inn at Froggatt

Other useful information

Curbar Edge walk is nearby and it is a popular place to visit which means this walk can also be busy, but it is quieter than Curbar Edge! 

There’s a good chance you’ll spot a small herd of Highland Cattle on the route around from Baslow Edge.

Highland Cow near Baslow Edge
Highland Cow near Baslow Edge

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Ordnance Survey walk map

The map required for this walk is the Ordnance Survey OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area). Check prices here with Ordnance Survey or Amazon. If you’re hiking in all weathers the Active OS maps are pretty good to have.

And don’t forget your compass, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass

For online maps, you can get via OS Online App or Viewranger App. Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App.

 

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Baslow Edge short walk

Baslow Edge short walk route

Stage 1 – Curbar Gap to Baslow Edge (end)

Distance: 0.9 miles/1.4 km

Grid reference SK 26243 74678

From Curbar Gap car park, turn right and down the road for about 100 m until you reach footpaths heading off in both directions. Turn left walking up towards a small gate. Go through the gate then take the first footpath shortly after bearing right towards Baslow Edge.

Baslow Edge short walk
Views from Baslow Edge to Curbar Edge

You’ll reach a small viewing area, from here you have beautiful views of Curbar Edge on your right. Continue on the footpath as it heads left towards the start of the rocky outcrop that’s Baslow Edge.

The narrow path winds next to the edge, sometimes over small rocks and then re-appearing again. As long as you keep with the edge on your right you can’t go wrong. After about 1 km, the path then begins to bear round to the left.

Stage 2 – Baslow Edge to Clodhall Lane (crossing)

Distance: 0.9 mile/1.5 km

Grid reference SK 26223 73630

As you follow the path away from Baslow Edge it brings you out onto a footpath, head across in the same direction, walking towards a stone cross about 100 m down the path. 

Wellington's Monument - stone cross
Wellington’s Monument

The stone cross is Wellington’s Monument, erected to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s victory at the battle of Waterloo. From here, keep on the path, it goes past a small wooded area alongside a stone wall then an open area of land, which is where you might see the Highland Cattle.

At the end of the wall, you’ll reach a wooden gate next to a large stone boulder.

Gate and footpath
Gate next to the road

Stage 3 – Road crossing to Curbar Gap

Distance: 1.4 miles/2.3 km

Grid reference SK 27663 74050

Go through the gate, straight across the road and through the gate on the other side. Now follow the narrow footpath, heading left across the land. As the path splits further up, keep on the right-hand fork, heading slightly uphill. This part of the route can be muddy in places.

Signpost back to Curbar Gap
Signpost back to Curbar Gap

Continue walking until you reach a fingerpost sign, turn left signposted Curbar Gap and follow the path for about 800 m all the way back to Curbar Gap car park.

Ask me questions about the Baslow Edge short walk in the comments below.

Other options for this walk

Extend the walk

Fancy doing a longer route? Here are our other walks nearby you might like

Also if you’re trig bagging and want to add White Edge on to the route you can follow the signpost to White Edge (stage 3). It’s about 800 m so an extra 1.6 km/1 mile to the route. See all the Peak District trig points here.

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