7 BEST Walks From Baslow (Short + Long Routes)

Walks from Baslow

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Baslow is a lovely place to start a walk in the Derbyshire Peak District. It has a good public transport, plenty of parking and some stunning places pretty close to visit.

The village of Baslow also has some good options to treat yourself before of after your walk, with a couple of pubs, restaurants and cafes for either before of after your walk.

Here we have a selection of 7 different walks from Baslow, the routes range between 2 and 23 miles so there’s something for everyone. They include some of the popular locations that you can walk to from Baslow including Chatsworth House, Baslow Edge and the River Derwent as well as a few others!

Each walk has a detailed guide so you can get the map, GPX and route instructions for each route.

Have you done any of these Baslow walks? Let me know in the comments.

Baslow walks information

River and trees
River Derwent on walk from Baslow

Here you can find how to get to Baslow, parking and public transport options, the Ordnance Survey map that you’ll need for all the routes and also useful tips on the facilities, shops and pubs in Baslow as well as a few great places to stay if you’re planning a weekend trip.

How to get to Baslow?

Public transport

Travelling to Baslow you have options for either public transport via the bus which travels between Bakewell and Buxton. View the timetable for the X70 service here.

If you’re travelling from further away, there is a train station at Grindleford which is on the Hope Valley Line run by Northern Railway and connects the Peak District between Sheffield and Manchester. It’s approximately 5-miles from Grindleford to Baslow.

Driving

Or you can drive, Baslow is on the east side of the Peak District so it’s accessible from all the main cities close by – Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham, roughly taking about 30-75 minutes to get there, depending on traffic!

Where to park in Baslow?

There’s a main car park in the village, which is a medium size, although during peak times it can get very busy. To guarantee a space it’s best to arrive early. There is some street parking slightly further away but please be respectful of local residents when finding a space.

car park
Nether End Car Park in Baslow

Baslow car park address: Nether End car park, Church Lane, Baslow, Bakewell, DE45 1SR – Google location

Grid reference: SK 2581 7212

This car park has a few options for payment, cash, card or pay by phone. (Please note the card option has never worked for me so please bear this in mind when planning a trip). These costs below apply between 8 am to 6 pm. Evening parking is £1.20 between 6 pm and 8 am. 

  • 1 hour – £1.70
  • 2 hours – £2.70
  • 3 hours – £4.00
  • 4 hours – £5.20
  • All day – £6.20

Birchen Edge car park

We also have a couple of walks that start from Birchen Edge car park, a short distance from the Baslow village centre

Car park address: Chesterfield Road (A619), Baslow, Bakewell, DE45 1PU – Google location

Parking costs are £1.50 for 1-4 hours and £2.60 for more than 4 hours.

What map do you need for the Baslow walk?

We always encourage that you take a map and compass on your walks, although technology is fantastic it’s good to have a reliable back-up option (and know how to use it). Check out our Guided Walks with an Introduction to map reading if you’d like to learn some new skills.

For all these walks, you need one map – OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area)

You can buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey

And don’t forget your compass, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass or the Silva Classic compass for beginners.

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. 

 

What other facilities are there in Baslow?

Public toilets

Firstly, there are public toilets at Nether End car park.

Baslow pubs

There are a few options for pubs in Baslow, opposite the car park there’s the Wheatsheaf (I’ve eaten here and the food was good) and The Devonshire Arms

The Robin Hood Inn is a lovely pub, just on the outskirts of Baslow, and the start of our 2-mile walk

Cafe + shop

There’s a cafe called Cafe on the Green, as well as a small cafe on the entrance to the car park.

In Baslow, there is a small Co-op and also a spa

Where to stay in Baslow?

Here are the options for accommodation in Baslow, alternatively, there are more options in nearby Bakewell if you’re struggling to find somewhere.

Hotels

There are 6 rooms available at The Devonshire Arms, a mix of family rooms and doubles, plus one fancy four-poster bed, but one advantage is that they do accept dogs, handy to know if you’re planning a trip with a 4-legged friend too. The Wheatsheaf also has options for accommodation too.

The Cavendish Hotel is a luxury accommodation with 28-bedrooms, it includes a restaurant too.

Campsites + Hostel

Chatsworth Park Caravan Club Site – this is for campervans and caravans only, not tents.

There’s a basic campsite called Eric Byne Memorial Campsite about a mile outside of the village

The nearest YHA hostel is YHA Eyam you have an option for budget rooms or even hiring out the entire hostel!

7 best walks from Baslow

Here is a mix of different walks from Baslow, they are organised by distance, the shortest walk first (2 miles) up to the longest hike (23 miles), but there are medium length walks too so hopefully, you’ll find the perfect walk (or walks) for you.

Each route has a full walk guide, simply pick a Baslow walk you like the sound of, click the button and that will give you all the useful information you need about the walk, including a map, route instructions, GPX file and a few other useful tips for your adventure.

Birchen Edge + Trig

Distance: 2.2 miles/3.6 km

Walk time: 1-1.5 hours

Total ascent: 136 m/446 ft

Trig walk: Yes – 1

Birchen Edge with the Three Ships + Nelson’s Monument

This route starts a short distance from Baslow village centre at Birchen Edge car park near the Robin Hood Inn. It’s a wonderful route with stunning views from the top of Birchen Edge, although, the path is tough in one or two places on the walk up!

Once you’ve reached the top of the edge, you walk along stopping off at the Three Ships, Nelson’s Monument and also Birchen Edge trig point before looping back down and maybe popping into the pub to finish your walk. (Top tip – book a table if you want to eat food).

Here’s the full route, including more details about the walk and GPX file.

Walk route, map + GPX file here

Baslow Edge short walk

Distance: 3.9 miles/6.3 km

Walk time: 1.5-2.5 hours

Total ascent: 225 m/738 ft

Trig walk: No

Bell Heather and views of Curbar Edge
Baslow Edge during heather season

From Baslow, this short walk takes you below then along Baslow Edge. The route heads uphill where you turn off and begin walking through fields to a point that’s below Baslow Edge, which gives you a great perspective.

You’ll make your way along the path before turning uphill at the road near Curbar Gap and loop back along the gritstone rocky top of Baslow Edge.

This is a relatively straightforward route to follow as you’re heading below and along Baslow Edge which is also a bonus but read the route below for all the information.

Here’s the full route, including more details about the walk and GPX file.

Baslow Edge + Gardom’s Edge

Distance: 7.2 miles/11.6 km

Walk time: 3-4 hours

Total ascent: 320 m/1,049 ft

Trig walk: No

Highland Cow on route to Gardom’s Edge

This Baslow walk takes you on a lovely walk ticking off two Peak District edges on the route, as well as a few other scenic spots! You first head on the footpath below Baslow Edge before looping round at Curbar Gap and walking along the edge then it’s past Wellington’s monument before heading down a track where you (might) see some Highland Cows!

From here, there is a small road section with a busy crossing but once you’re safely over it’s up onto the moorland and across to Gardom’s Edge, which has plenty of good viewpoints at the start before the edge is hidden by the trees. You then head down and through a plantation back to Baslow.

For the detailed route, map and more information read the full post here.

Walk route + map here

Chatsworth House + Edensor walk

Distance: 7.2 miles/11.6 km

Walk time: 3-4 hours

Total ascent: 211 m/692 ft

Trig walk: No

Chatsworth House reflected in River Derwent
Chatsworth House walk from Baslow

A beautiful walk around the grounds of Chatsworth House and Gardens, including the iconic village of Edensor. A chance to spot the deer who live on grounds and also maybe explore Chatsworth House and/or Gardens if you book a ticket.

From Baslow it’s a lovely route, fairly flat too so suitable for most people to enjoy the area. For the first part of the walk, up to Edensor the paths are accessible for users in wheelchair and prams.

Here’s the full route, including more details about the walk and GPX file.

Walk route + map here

 

Baslow Edge, Birchen Edge + Gardom’s Edge

Distance: 9 miles/14.5 km

Walk time: 4.5-5.5 hours

Total ascent: 519 m/1,365 ft

Trig walk: Yes – 1

Baslow Edge walk viewpoint
Baslow Edge viewpoint

This route from Baslow takes you straight up to Baslow Edge for a stunning start to the walk, from here you then go via Curbar Gap and walk over the moorlands for a complete change of scenery and a chance to see the deer spotted in this area. 

The walk goes via a busy road junction before an uphill across the moorlands and loop around the base of Birchen Edge before a steep rocky hike to the top of the edge. You walk along here, past Nelson’s Monument and the trig point then it’s down and on to the third edge, Gardom’s Edge.

Once you’ve explored along here, it’s back down and through a plantation and back into Baslow village

Here’s the full route, including more details about the walk and GPX file.

Walk route + map here

 

River Derwent + Three Edges

Distance: 11 miles/17.7 km

Walk time: 5-6 hours

Total ascent: 594 m/1,948 ft

Trig walk: No

Views from Curbar Edge

One of the longer routes from Baslow but this route isn’t too tough, the first half you’re following the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail, walking alongside the River Derwent so it’s flat and easy to navigate.

Then the second half you head uphill just before Grindleford, it’s a tough uphill, mainly because you’ve been used to walking on the flat but once you’re at the top you pick up the first of the three edges – Froggatt Edge.

The path then takes you via Froggatt Edge onto Curbar Edge then it’s over the road at Curbar Gap, on to Baslow Edge and back to the start.

For the full guide, including each map and GPX file read more here.

Walk routes, maps + GPX here

9 Edges Challenge

Distance: 23 miles/36 km

Walk time: 9-12 hours

Total ascent: 1,211 m/3,973 ft

Trig walk: Yes – 4

Rocks with trees around base
Gardom’s Edge near the end of the walk

Although the 9 Edges Challenge doesn’t start in Baslow, as a linear walk it’s included in this list as it finishes in Baslow. The finish point is Birchen Edge car park, a short distance from Baslow village.

The 9 Edges walk begins from Fairholmes, Ladybower Reservoir and ticks off, yes, you’ve guessed it 9 of the Peak District edges, which leads it to be on this Baslow walks list. It heads via Baslow Edge, Gardom’s Edge and finally Birchen Edge and therefore finishes near Baslow.

Click here for all the route information about the 9 Edges Walk.

Walk route, map + GPX here

Are there any other walks from Baslow you were thinking of doing? Let me know in the comments

More walks in the Peak District

For more routes nearby to Baslow, you might like these walks from Curbar Gap car park

Or check out all our Peak District walking routes here

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