A lovely walk from Baslow in Derbyshire with a mix of everything, including rivers, views and woodlands.
This 11-mile route takes you from Baslow, along the River Derwent via the Derwent Valley Heritage Way before ascending through Hay Wood to the start of Froggatt Edge.
From here you make your way following three of the Peak District’s beautiful edges, Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge and Baslow Edge before descending through beautiful woodlands to return back to Baslow.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk at Baslow, plus options for other places to start the loop, map and route information, facilities on the walk, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
Have you walked any of the Peak District edges? Let me know in the comments.
Curbar Edge to Baslow Edge from Baslow
Baslow circular walk mapClick for OS online map
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 25834 72018
Car parking address: Nether End Car Park, Church Lane, Baslow, Bakewell, DE45 1SR
This is a paid car park in Baslow, many of the roads close by are double yellow lines so there’s limited street parking, however, there are a few spots, that fill up quickly.
Up to 1 hour – £1.50
Up to 2 hours – £2.50
Up to 3 hours – £3.80
Up to 4 hours – £5.00
All day – £6.00
Alternative start points for the walk
As a circular loop, there are a few other options for places to start this route, depending on where you’re travelling from:
- Curbar Gap Car Park, Clodhall Lane, Hope Valley, S32 3YR (National Trust car park – free for members or paid)
- Froggatt parking, Hope Valley, S32 3ZJ (Layby parking, limited spaces – free)
- Hay Wood Car Park, Hope Valley, S32 3ZJ (National Trust car park – free for members or paid)
There’s no train station in Baslow but you can catch the train the Grindleford station, about a mile away and start the walk near Froggatt Edge.
Facilities on the walk
There are public toilets available at the start of the walk at Baslow, there are no other public toilets on the route.
Near the start of Froggatt Edge, there’s a lovely pub called the Grouse Inn, a perfect midway point stop.
You’ll need to go slightly off route at the top of Hay Wood continue until you reach a gate. Go through a field and you’ll see the pub there.
Also at Curbar Gap car park, there is a van there during peak times selling drinks, homemade cake and snacks (Fri 11-4 pm, Sat + Sun 10.30-5 pm – weather permitting!)
At the end of the walk, there are plenty of options in Baslow, one of my favourites is the Devonshire Arms.
Other useful information
The beginning of this walks starts pretty much flat, you get a good chance to warm your legs up before ascending to the top of Froggatt Edge, which is a bit of a climb.
The paths are mostly easy to follow throughout the route but I recommend you take a map and compass (see below).
Walking through the woodland sections there are a few muddy sections, I did the walk on a sunny day and it was still muddy! There are a few stone stepping stones, but if you don’t have good balancing skills you might get dirty!
Check the weather for your walk location and hills
This walk can have a mix of weathers since you start walking by the River Derwent and woodlands which are pretty sheltered but walking along the edges the temperature can be cooler on windy days!
- BBC Weather for Baslow
- Met Office weather for the Peak District
- Met Office weather for Eyam YHA (nearest location to walk)
Ordnance Survey Walk Map
The map required for this walk is OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area)
Buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey
Check prices here with Ordnance Survey, you can buy a standard map or a waterproof one. You can sometimes find cheaper deals on Amazon, but the Ordnance Survey website sometimes has discounts for buying more than one map!
And don’t forget your compass.
There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!
Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App.
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Baslow circular walk route
Stage 1 – Baslow to Froggatt Bridge
Distance: 3.4 miles/5.4 km
Grid reference SK 25813 72134
From Nether End car park cross the road, then take the first road on the right. Continue walking and follow the road as it bends around past the Village shop and back to the main road.
Turn right and cross the road opposite the church. Then turn left over the bridge, crossing the River Derwent, then turn right and down the road alongside the river.
Walk down the road for about 1 km until you see a fingerpost sign for Derwent Valley Heritage Way (you’ve been following the trail since the start but this is the first sign). Head across the field, looking up to see Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge through the trees above.
Continue following the River Derwent to Calver, cross the road here and continue on the route, past Calver Mill Gallery, through the gate, a field then another gate, all the way to New Bridge, if you look across here you’ll see the weir on the River Derwent.
It’s then past another short section of the river before you reach Froggatt Bridge.
Stage 2 – Froggatt Bridge to Froggatt Edge
Distance: 2.8 mile/4.5 km
Grid reference SK 24353 76046
At Froggatt Bridge, cross over and head up Hollowgate until you meet Spooner Lane, signposted towards Grindleford Bridge. The path becomes rockier here, before then heading across a couple of fields and into a small woodland.
Cross the small steam over a stone bridge then leave the Derwent Valley Heritage Way at the next turn on the right. You now head uphill through the woods before reaching a path. Turn left and continue through the woods over numerous stepping stones over the muddy sections.
Continue walking through the woods, over a small boardwalk section, then you’ll reach a small sign which directs you right towards Grouse Inn and Haywood car park.
Walk up through the woods, continuing past the sign for the Grouse Inn until the path splits, take the path bearing right, then right again, you’ll see the car park through the trees. Head down, over the stream and back up to the road.
Cross over and go through the gate on the right. You’re now in the woods leading towards Froggatt Edge, walk for about 1 km until you reach a gate, which brings you out at the start of Froggatt Edge.
Stage 3 – Froggatt Edge (Via Curbar Edge) to Baslow Edge
Distance: 1.8 miles/2.9 km
Grid reference SK 25029 76942
The path is fairly easy to follow along the edges, be sure to look out for the small stone circle on your left in the trees as you begin walking.
There is a path nearer the edge which you can follow, or alternatively, keep to the wider track. After about 1 km, there is a path leading down to Froggatt, this is roughly where Curbar Edge begins, but as you’ll see the edge of rocks continues all the way to the end.
Keep walking alongside Curbar Edge, again you can stick to the wider track or follow the path closer to the edge. As you reach the end the path begins to descend and you come across a fingerpost for Baslow Edge, turn right here and down to the road.
Note – Curbar Gap car park is up the road if you turn left here (as we as the snack van on Fri, Sat + Sun)
Stage 4 – Baslow Edge to Baslow
Distance: 3.1 miles/5 km
Grid reference SK 26101 74658
Cross the road and through the gate, walking along the path. Look for where the path bears off to the right as this heads along the edge. Unlike Froggatt Edge and Curbar Edge this path is quite a distance from the Baslow Edge so it’s worth taking this path.
There’s a lovely viewpoint where you can look back towards Curbar Edge!
Walk to the end of Baslow Edge, it meets the path, which you turn right onto, however, it’s worth turning left to visit Wellington’s Monument if you have time, you’ll see it from the path.
Back on the path, follow it heading down for about 300 metres, then look for a path that’s quite hidden amongst the ferns, that doubles back on the path you were on.
This takes you down through woods, with moss-covered rocks and twisted trees, it’s a beautiful and peaceful end to the walk. Follow the woods out, over a bridge and out onto the road.
Turn right and walk for a short distance until you see a stone stile, go over here, along the track and over the wooden bridge then up by the woods before turning left into them.
Go through the woods and then it brings you out onto a road, turn left, then left again and it will bring you back to Baslow.
Let me know if you have any questions about this walk from Baslow in the comments below.
Other options for this walk
Shorten the walk
Looking for a shorter route along the Peak District Edges? This 6-mile walk from Curbar Gap car park includes both Froggatt Edge and Curbar Edge, as well as White Edge on a 6-mile loop, you can also extend to include Baslow Edge to make it an 8-mile route.
Read the full route here: Curbar Edge Walk From Curbar (+ Froggatt Edge + White Edge) | 6-Mile Route
More walks in the Peak District
Love the walks in the Peak District? You might like these Peak District circular walks.
- Burbage Edge + Higgor Tor From Upper Burbage | 6-Mile Route
- Derwent Edge Walk From Ladybower Reservoir (Fairholmes) | 10-Mile Route
- Chee Dale Walk From Miller Dale (Stepping Stones Walk) | 5-Mile Route
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