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.
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.
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?