I’m back in Baslow in the Peak District with Crosby Rambling Club.
Having accompanied Les on the reccee for the ‘A’ party walk I decided to do the slightly less strenuous B walk led by Ray.
We did a figure-of-eight walk around Chatsworth Park and its estate.
We started off from Baslow with the steep climb up Bar Road to reach the Wellington Monument. This was erected to balance with Nelson’s column on the opposite side of the valley.
We now descended beneath Gardoms Edge and then walked along Dobb Edge, neither of which were as impressive as the ridges on the previous walk.
Our next point of interest was the Hunting Tower, built so that the ladies could watch their men hunting in the fields below.
We now dropped steeply down to the house at Chatsworth. On a pleasant Sunday afternoon the car park was crowded with lots of tourists. We could not afford to stop as we were only half way round our walk.
We crossed the bridge over the River Derwent and walked through the parkland with lovely views looking across to the house.
Leaving the river we headed for the village of Edensor. The original village which housed many of the estate workers was moved because it spoiled the view from Chatsworth House. The new and more modern village is still idyllic.
From the village we headed back into the parkland to once again cross the bridge in front of the house. We then followed the river back to Baslow.
On the way we passed “Queen Mary Bower” a favourite spot for Mary Queen of Scots when she was imprisoned at Chatsworth in 1568. Chatsworth was one of several houses where Mary was kept prisoner as she was moved from place to place in order to foil plots to help her escape. The Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury were her jailors on the orders of Queen Elizabeth 1. They treated Mary well and befriended her to some extent, but they could never let down their guard and allow Mary any freedom, as they had to answer to Elizabeth 1.