Chatsworth Park and House is a magnificent place for a walk and this 7-mile route from Baslow takes you on a lovely loop of the park as well as a few other highlights on the way.
From the village of Baslow, Derbyshire, you begin your walk by picking up the Derwent Valley Heritage Way into Chatsworth Park, the route takes you up towards Chatsworth House, which you can explore at the beginning or end of your route as you return via the same path.
The walk detours up and away from the house towards Edensor village, a cute village which it’s hard not to fall in love with! Next you head across a large grassy section of Chatsworth Park, where you might see herds of deer grazing here. Then you loop around to Calton Lees and head back into Chatsworth Park and alongside the River Derwent.
Across the river there’s Chatsworth House and Gardens, which you can walk closer to or buy a ticket to go inside. Then it’s back along the path to Baslow.
Here you can find all the walk information, including where to park, the route map and full directions for the walk.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk from Baslow and what you think!
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Chatsworth House Walk via Edensor from Baslow
Chatsworth House + Edensor walk map
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Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 25823 72083
Car parking address: Nether End car park, Church Lane, Baslow, DE45 1SR – Google location
This is a medium sized paid car park, peak costs (see below*) apply between 8 am to 6 pm. Evening parking is £1.20 between 6 pm and 8 am. There is a cash, card option to pay or pay by phone; however, the card option hasn’t worked each time I’ve visited, I’d recommend taking cash!
- Up to 1 hour £1.70
- Up to 2 hours £2.70
- Up to 3 hours £4.00
- Up to 4 hours £5.20
- All day £6.20
*Prices correct at time of writing.
There’s no train station in Baslow (nearest one is Grindleford – 5 miles away) however, there are buses that stop in Baslow that go between Bakewell and Buxton. See timetable for the X70 bus service here.
Facilities on the walk
There are public toilets available at the start of the walk at Baslow.
In Baslow, there are options for places to eat and drink – The Wheatsheaf (great food here), Cafe on the Green or you can pop to the nearby Robin Hood Inn (lovely food here too – you’ll need to book a table at weekends!)
Other useful information
Baslow can be a popular place to start a walk so arrive early to guarantee a space.
Chatsworth Park is home to both Red Deer and Fallow Deer as well as plenty of sheep grazing too which is why on the entrance to Chatsworth Park there’s a sign stating all dogs need to be on a lead.
Please keep the Peak District beautiful and respect everyone who uses the park. Take ALL your rubbish home to dispose of and remember close gates (as you found them). Thank you so much.
Would you know what to do in an emergency situation?
We have a guide with what to do, who you need to call and also some useful kit that should be in your backpack. Ask us any questions in the comments or via our social media.
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Peak District weather
Check the weather for your walk location. It’s often good to check a few resources.
- BBC Weather for Baslow
- Met Office weather for Baslow
- Met Office weather and/or MWIS (Mountain weather information service) for the Peak District
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.
View both Peak District map options here.
For online maps, I recommend OS Online App (I have been using for 3+ years and worth getting if you want to start walking more). Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App. All the walks on the website are created using OS Online + you can download them to the App.
See both maps that cover the Peak District here.
Chatsworth House + Edensor walk route
Stage 1 – Baslow to Chatsworth House
Distance: 1.3 miles/2.1 km
Grid reference SK 25823 72083
From Nether End car park in Baslow, turn right out of the car park and begin walking down the pavement heading towards the Cafe of the Green, go past here and over the small bridge. Turn right immediately after, following the signpost for Chatsworth.
Walk down the footpath and follow it round to the left, shortly after you’ll reach the boundary of Chatsworth Park and a large metal kissing gate (photo above). Once you’ve gone through the gate keep on the wide footpath, also known as the Derwent Valley Heritage Way.
The trail follows the River Derwent, which you’ll catch a glimpse off as you near the bridge further up ahead. Go through the metal gate, then over the bridge next to Queen Mary’s Bower and with Chatsworth House on your left.
(You can explore Chatsworth House and the surrounding area now or later on the walk as the route returns back via this bridge).
Stage 2 – Chatsworth House to Edensor
Distance: 0.6 mile/1 km
Grid reference SK 2573 7020
Once you’ve crossed the bridge, take the footpath on your right heading uphill and away from the river. The path takes you through some trees then in the distance you’ll see the steeple of Edensor Church (photo below). Follow the footpath as it bears round then veers towards the road.
Go across the road and through the second large kissing gate into Edensor village. Walk up the road on the left which goes in front of the St Peter’s Church, keep walking and you’ll head up through the picturesque village of Edensor which appears to be from a fairytale!
Walk up through the village, there was an honest stand with cakes and jams for sale the day I did the walk.
Note – The Ordnance Survey map shows a left turn right of way (green dashed lines) shortly after but I was kindly advised by a local resident that this right of way is being changed and to take the footpath further up.
Stage 3 – Edensor to Chatsworth Park
Distance: 2.4 miles/3.8 km
Grid reference SK 2493 6986
Then turn left at the signpost for ‘Footpath to Rowsley and Calton Lees’ (photo below), this takes you up some steps and brings you out at a small metal gate at the top, with steps on both sides.
You now head diagonally right across the grass, there’s a small wooden marker with arrows on and on this part of the walk is where you might see deer. Continue walking across the grass, head towards the edge of small plantation of trees. Then continue past here, following the feint path in the grass.
You’ll go past another small wooden post then end up on the edge of Chatsworth Park boundary, where there’s a stone stepped stile and gate (the gate is unlocked so no need to go over the stile). Photo below
Walk along the wide track between the trees and after about 250 m you’ll reach another wide gate, go through here and continue walking across the field, there are two wooden markers in the middle but keep going straight to the tree line at the bottom near the wall.
At the wall, turn right though the gate and walk down here, take the path on the left, through another gate, here the route bends around and brings you out near some houses, walk between them and go through the gate next to the cattle grid. Now follow the road immediately right and then left as it takes you down to the path that runs alongside the wall.
Walk down the track, keeping to the wall, you’ll go past a junction to your right but ignore this. Keep walking until you reach a wide wooden gate that brings you out to the small village of Calton Lees. Go down the left-hand road and follow this round as it brings you out at a car park. Walk alongside the car park then through a blue metal gate next to a cattle grid.
Stage 4 – Chatsworth Park to Baslow
Distance: 3 miles/4.8 km
Grid reference SK 2585 6872
You’re now back in the grounds of Chatsworth Park. Go across the road and take the footpath heading down to the River Derwent and to the weir, you can choose to walk on the upper or lower path immediately by the river for this section but the closer to the river the better views of Chatsworth House are.
Then simply head across the grassy path back to the bridge next to Chatsworth House. Cross the bridge and walk up the path towards the house for a lovely loop to explore. You can book tickets to visit Chatsworth House and Gardens if you want to add that to your walk.
Once you’ve explored then simply loop back down to the bridge and turn right heading back along the same path you walked in on, through the metal kissing gate, round to the road, turn left over the bridge and you’re back at the car park!
Ask me questions about the Chatsworth House walk in the comments below.
Other walk options
Bag the trig
If you’re completing our trig point challenge then you might want to add a short 2 km (out and back) to the trig point at Calton Pastures. You can see the trig on the map in the bottom left corner so you just need to follow the footpath heading uphill to visit it!
More walks in the Peak District
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- Robin Hood’s Stride Walk + Bradford Dale From Elton | 8-Mile Route
- Win Hill + Crook Hill Walk From Ladybower Reservoir | 9-Mile Route
- Alstonefield Walk (Via Milldale + Dovedale) | 7-Mile Route
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