Baslow and Curbar edges.

I’m off to the Peak District to walk along Baslow and Curbar edges that form part of the gritstone escarpment that runs along the eastern rim of the Derwent Valley from Birchen Edge northwards to Derwent Edge. The weather was fine and there were lots of wild flowers. it promised to be a good day.

We left the coach in Baslow and headed up Eaton Hill and then Bar Road climbing steadily to reach the open moor. At a fork we branched right to make a short diversion to the Wellington Monument which was erected in 1866. On the opposite side of the valley is a twin monument dedicated to Nelson.

                                                       The Wellington Monument.

We retraced our steps to the junction and then followed the main path towards the Eagle Stone.

                                          Towards the Eagle Stone.

This weathered rock stands isolated on the moor. According to local legend the young men of Baslow had to climb the rock to prove their prowess before they could marry. Luckily, all the men in our group were married so we could pass on that!

The main carries on north across the moor but as we wanted to enjoy the best of the views over the Derwent Valley we turned left to walk along the rim of Baslow Edge. We crossed a lane and then continued along Curbar Edge. This was even more impressive with massive boulders and buttresses carved into weird shapes.

We left the edge near a walled enclosure and followed a narrow path that dropped down steeply below the sheer cliffs. Here we could enjoy watching the rock climbers on the cliffs above us.

Rock climbing

The descent eased as we made our way to Froggatt passing through some woodland and a beautiful flower meadow.

We crossed the bridge at Froggatt and followed the riverside path to Newbridge, another lovely section with lots of wild flowers. This was only a short walk and we had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. We even had time to call in at the Bridge In at Calver for a refreshing pint.

We now had about an hours walk through fields and along lanes back to Baslow. The flower meadows were beautiful and I enjoyed doing a bit of photography.

Wild Flowers

We were back in Baslow in time for a swift half before boarding the coach.

Beautiful scenery, lots of wild flowers and two pubs.

What more could you ask for?

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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One Response to Baslow and Curbar edges.

  1. lee says:

    Some lovely photos of wildflowers; I really like walking in wildflower meadows. I walked along Froggatt Edge with a couple of friends yesterday; although there weren’t so many wildflowers in bloom the heather was showing the first signs of purple.

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