Chatsworth Hunting Tower Walk From Baslow | 4-Mile Route

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A lovely short walk from Baslow to explore Chatsworth Park and its grounds including the Hunting Tower and aqueduct which overlooks Chatsworth House, the park and beyond towards Bakewell.

From Baslow car park, you walk into Chatsworth Park then head up into the woods, known as Stand Woods. The route takes you via Chatsworth Hunting Tower then on to the aqueduct, it’s a lovely route for all weathers as in warm weather there’s shade from the trees and on rainy days you’ll have some shelter.

Once you’ve explored the area around the Hunting Tower and aqueduct you’ll then descend back down and past Chatsworth House, where you can stop for a detour before walking back via the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail to Baslow.

Burning Man Art Exhibition – If you’re visiting before 1st October you may wish to add some extra time to explore the art sculptures around Chatsworth Park – Read more about the art here.

Here you can find all the walk information, including where to park in Baslow, the route map, GPX link and full directions for the walk.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk from Baslow and what you think!

Fancy a different route walk from Baslow you can find all our Baslow walks here.

Chatsworth Hunting Tower walk from Baslow

Views of the aqueduct through the trees

Walk information

Walk type: Short circular walk

Distance: 3.8 miles/6.1 km

Walk time: 1.5-2.5 hours

Total ascent: 158 m/518 ft

Highest point: 229 m/751 ft

Walk highlights: Chatsworth Park and deer, Hunting Tower, aqueduct and waterfall and Chatsworth House

Trig points: 0

Ethels: 0

Stiles: 1 (stone stile)

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Chatsworth Hunting Tower walk map

Chatsworth House Hunting Tower 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.

You can also download the PaybyPhone App to pay for parking. The location code is 806398. This App is also in use at numerous other car parks in the Peak District so worth downloading if you visit often.

  • 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.

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Nether End Car Park in Baslow

Public transport

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. There are also toilets at Chatsworth House which is towards the end of the walk once you’re out of the woods.

In Baslow, there are options for places to eat and drink – The Wheatsheaf, Cafe on the Green or you can drive to the nearby Robin Hood Inn.

Cafe on the Green in Baslow

Other useful information

Baslow can be a popular place to start a walk so arrive early to guarantee a space.

There are a couple of steep paths on this route so good walking footwear with grips is recommended.

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.

You can book tickets to visit Chatsworth House and Gardens if you want to add that to your walk. 

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.

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Peak District weather

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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.

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

For online maps, I recommend OS Online App (I have been using for 4+ 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. 

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Chatsworth Park + Hunting Tower walk route

Stage 1 – Baslow to Stand Wood

Distance: 1 miles/1.6 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 on the Green’, continue past the cafe (with it on your left) then over the small bridge. Turn right immediately after, following the signpost for Chatsworth.

Metal kissing gate
Kissing gate at entrance to Chatsworth Park

Walk down the wide 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 take the narrower footpath on heading left (photo below). You’ll reach the main road into Chatsworth continue across now heading uphill across the grass.

Chatsworth Park

When you reach the fence line there’s another track turn right here and follow it round uphill. Just before the main path goes left round a corner there’s a feint footpath path heading off on the right towards trees. Walk for about 100 m then you’ll reach a wall with a stone stile (photo below).

Stone stile into Stand Wood

Stage 2 – Stand Wood to Chatsworth Hunting Tower

Distance: 0.4 mile/0.7 km

Grid reference SK 2656 7117

Go over the stone stile, walk uphill, at the top you’ll reach a wide track, turn right and follow it until you can see hunting tower through trees, turn right on path which goes round in front of the Chatsworth Hunting Tower then go up steps (photo below) to reach the Hunting Tower.

Chatsworth Hunting Tower

You have beautiful views of Chatsworth House and Park from here. Please note the Hunting Tower is a private property and can be rented out to stay in so please be respectful of occupants when visiting.

To the right of the tower (as you are facing it), there’s a footpath that takes you into the woods (photo below).

Footpath leading into the woods

Stage 3 – Chatsworth Hunting Tower to Baslow

Distance: 3 miles/4.8 km

Grid reference SK 2659 7059

Follow the path into the woods, you’ll go past some rocks and a footpath on your right (don’t go down here), shortly after you’ll reach water cascading over the edge (photo below) with steps leading up and down around the water tower. Looking down you’ll see a large aqueduct and in the distance Chatsworth House.

Water cascading over the rocks

The path takes you down steps and a switchback path, follow this all the way down until you reach the top of the aqueduct. Go down the steps then take the narrow footpath on the left beside the aqueduct, this will bring you out on a road.

Chatsworth Aqueduct
Footpath brings you out below the aqueduct

Turn right for a short distance then take next path on left downhill, then left-hand path (photo below) which brings you out at another road, go right again and walk down here past some buildings and follow the footpath down towards the gate which leads you back into Chatsworth Park. 

Heading back out of Stand Woods

Turn left and walk past Chatsworth House until you reach the bridge, don’t go across but instead turn right along the footpath all the way back to the metal gate. Follow the path back round, turn left at the end and you’re back at Baslow village green with the car park on your left.

Heading back along Derwent Valley Heritage Trail to Baslow

Ask me questions about the Chatsworth Hunting Tower walk in the comments below.

Other walk information

Longer walk

If you fancy a longer walk from Baslow you can combine this loop with another walk that takes you via Edensor and along the River Derwent in front of Chatsworth House. The walk is a 7-mile loop but combined with the walk above you repeat a section between Baslow and Chatsworth House so in total it would be a 10-mile walk.

View the walk here – Chatsworth House Walk via Edensor From Baslow | 7-Mile Route

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