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
Baslow Edge walk mapClick for online map
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.
- 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)
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.
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.
Check the weather for your walk location and hills
- BBC Weather for Curbar
- Met Office weather for the Peak District
- Met Office weather for Eyam Youth Hostel (nearest location)
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other options for this walk
Extend the walk
Fancy doing a longer route? Here are our other walks nearby you might like
- Baslow Walk (Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge + Baslow Edge) | 11-Mile Route
- Curbar Edge Walk From Curbar (Froggatt Edge + White Edge) | 6-Mile Route
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.
More walks in the Peak District
Love the walks in the Peak District? You might like these 3-mile circular walks.
- Thor’s Cave Short Walk From Wetton | 3.5-Mile Route
- Milldale Short Walk (Dovedale + Ilam Rock) | 3-Mile Route
Or check out all our Peak District walking routes here
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