Birchen Edge walk is the shortest of all our trig walks, it’s a perfect one to begin your trig bagging challenge.
This lovely 2-mile route takes you on a short circular loop from Robin Hood pub near Baslow. After leaving the car park, it’s not long before you’re walking along the edge and enjoying stunning views from Birchen Edge trig point. As well as seeing the iconic Three Ships rock formation and Nelson’s monument.
From Birchen Edge trig, you head down and reach the second beautiful Peak District edge on this walk, Gardom’s Edge, although it’s hidden by trees there are a few great spots for views across to Baslow Edge in the distance.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk, route information, map, GPX file, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this trig walk and what you think!
Update 1 April 2021 – Sadly there has been a moorland fire at Birchen Edge. I don’t have information whether this affects this route but please bear in mind you might not be able to do the full circular walk and may need to return the same route.
Birchen Edge from Robin Hood Pub
Birchen Edge walk mapClick for online map
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 28032 72135
Car parking address: Birchen Edge car park, Chesterfield Road (A619), nr Baslow, Bakewell, DE45 1PU – Google maps
The car park is right next to the Robin Hood Inn. It’s not a huge car park (about 30 spaces) so it can be busy at weekends but since most of the walks are short people come and go throughout the day.
1 hour + £1.50
4 hours + £2.60
The 170 bus service runs between Chesterfield and Bakewell and stops near the Robin Hood Pub. There are no train stations nearby.
Facilities on the walk
There are no public toilets available at the start of the walk at Birchen Edge car park. The nearest public toilets are down the road at Nether End car park in Baslow. Or alternatively, treat yourself to a drink and some food at the end of your walk in the pub and you can use their facilities!
Other useful information
A lovely short walk that’s relatively easy to follow and not get lost, but we do recommend you always take a map with you on our walks (see below for details).
In the summer drier months the trail is lovely to walk on but in the wetter months the trail up to Birchen Edge (and down) can be muddy and slippy so worth taking your time to avoid twisted ankles.
There are also a few steep drops, especially along Gardom’s Edge, worth noting if you’re walking with younger children.
Peak District weather
Check the weather for your walk location and nearby hills.
- BBC Weather for Baslow
- Met Office weather for the Peak District
- Met Office weather for Baslow, Derbyshire
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.
Birchen Edge walk route
Stage 1 – Birchen Edge car park to Birchen Edge Trig
Distance: 0.8 miles/1.25 km
Grid reference SK 28028 72135
From the car park head down the steps towards the road. Turn left following the signpost for Birchen Edge. After 100 m turn left and head along the narrow footpath. After another 500 m the footpath splits, that the right-hand fork now heading uphill.
The path winds gradually uphill through some thick heather and bracken but eventually it brings you out at three large rock formations, known as the Three Ships and the Nelson’s monument.
Another 100 m further on along the edge you’ll reach Birchen Edge trig point, at 310 m.
Stage 2 – Birchen Edge Trig to Car Park
Distance: 1.5 mile/2.4 km
Grid reference SK 27834 73094
Once you’ve enjoyed the great views from Birchen Edge trig it’s time to head down from the edge. There are a few narrow trails that head down the steep edge, similar to what you walked up!
Once you’re down you’ll reach a large grassy area with trees, with feint trails in between. Follow these across heading west and don’t forget to glance back towards Birchen Edge.
After 700 m, you’ll reach a gate in a dry stone wall. Go through and you’ll come out onto Gardom’s Edge. Turn left through the hole in the wall and continue along the footpath as it heads next to the edge past trees and the edge.
Continue for about 700 m as the views disappear and you’ll come across another gate in the wall on the left. Go though this gate and follow the path all the way to the stone stile in the wall. Turn left along the pavement and you’ll be back at the Robin Hood Pub and car park.
Ask me questions about the Birchen Edge walk in the comments below.
Other options for this walk
Extend the walk
Here’s an option to do a really long walk! The 9 Edges challenge ends at Birchen Edge but as you’ve guessed from the name it includes 8 other Peak District edges!
More walks in the Peak District
Love the walks along the Peak District edges? You might like these walks.
- Derwent Edge from Fairholmes
- Burbage Edge from Upper Burbage
- Curbar Edge + Froggatt Edge walk from Curbar
Or check out all our Peak District walking routes here
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