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Baslow Edge In The Peak District – A Complete Guide

Baslow Edge sits above the village of Baslow at the eastern edge of the Peak District and is characterised by dramatic gritstone escarpments. Here is a complete guide.

How To Get To Baslow Edge

On Foot

From Curbar Gap Car Park, situated above the hillside village of Curbar, there are different walks that take you to Baslow Edge.

A popular walk with families is the short circular walk starting from Curbar Gap that is just under 2 miles (2.7km).

Car

Park at Curbar Gap National Trust Car Park, postcode – S32 3YR.

This car park can be accessed via the A623 or from the A621 Baslow to Sheffield Road.

Parking charges start at £1.60 for 1 hour up to all day for £4. (National Trust members can park for free.)

Alternatively, for those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Baslow Edge Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Baslow Edge.

Baslow Edge Opening Times

Baslow Edge is open all day, every day.

However, I would not recommend visiting after dark as as it can be dangerous.

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The entrance to Baslow Edge.

Best Time To Visit Baslow Edge

You are probably best avoiding weekends and the school holidays if you prefer quiet walks, as Baslow Edge is very popular with families.

Although this is not one of the busiest walks in the Peak District and does not get as crowded as some.

We would advise that you have a map of the area with you (you can download one on your phone).

Another must is comfortable walking shoes/boots and layered clothing as the weather can be changeable.

Also, take some refreshments, although not a particularly long walk, it’s always nice to stop, enjoy the views and refuel.

The closest public toilets are in Baslow, a short drive away.

Dogs are allowed on the Baslow Edge walks, as long as they are kept on a lead, especially as you may come across some highland cattle.

If you’re looking for a more strenuous hike then I recommend heading to Mam Tor on a sunny day.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Sunset is a beautiful time to visit.

What To Expect At Baslow Edge

Baslow Edge sits above the pretty hillside village of Baslow, at the eastern edge of the Peak District National Park.

It is characterised by dramatic gritstone escarpments that run down from the high moors to the north.

You can expect some amazing panoramic views from Baslow edge, across the beautiful, undulating Peak District Countryside. On clear days will also be able to see the famous Chatsworth House.

There is a short circular walk, starting at Curbar Gap Car Park, that is ideal for families with young children.

Covering just under 2 miles (2.7km), it’s not too far for smaller children. Although not a long walk, give yourself a couple of hours to finish.

The children will definitely want to have fun climbing on and over all the boulders along the way!

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Lauren off to explore the rock formations.
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Be careful as you clamber through the rocks.
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Taking in the views.

The Rocks

See if you can spot the Eagle Stone on Baslow Edge, a freestanding 6-metre high block of gritstone. 

Local tradition has it that eligible bachelors had to climb the rock to prove themselves worthy of marriage. It is not a particularly easy ascent, so there must have been quite a few bachelors around!  

Close to the Eagle Stone is the Wellington Monument, erected in 1866 by a local doctor, to commemorate a visit by the Duke of Wellington to the moor.

Watch out for the herds of beautiful Highland Cattle that can often be found on Baslow Edge. 

These lovely animals are usually placid, but please exercise caution when walking near them, particularly if you have dogs or if the cows have calves.

We visited in hopes of spotting our first Highland Cow, however it was an unsuccessful mission.

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We were the only ones up there which made it even more peaceful.
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Sunset over the Peak District.
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Passing the Wellington Monument.
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Another successful day exploring the Peak District.

Where To Stay In The Peak District

Luxury

Devonshire Arms at Beeley – Chatsworth

Devonshire Arms at Beeley is located on the Chatsworth Estate, which is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. 

It is a 25-minute cross-country walk from Chatsworth House, and the property offers free WiFi in all areas and free on-site parking.

Each of the 18 individually designed bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. Rooms are situated either in the main inn or the converted adjoining cottages.

Devonshire Arms at Beeley – Chatsworth has a relaxing and welcoming bar serving a selection of locally brewed ales, and wines from around the world. The restaurant serves produce that is locally sourced from the Chatsworth Estate.

This dog-friendly accommodation is 5.8 miles from Matlock and 9.7 miles from Chesterfield.

Mid-Budget

Ackroyd House

Set in just under 2 acres of private gardens, Ackroyd House is a 5-star country house located in Thurstonland, in the heart of Yorkshire countryside. It offers free WiFi and free private off road parking.

Rooms at the Ackroyd House feature en suite bathroom facilities, a large private seating area, a large flat TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

At Ackroyd House you will find a garden, barbecue facilities and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include an ironing service.

An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling and hiking.

Budget

YHA Hartington Hall

Set in a grand 17th-century manor, this YHA offers cosy log fires and cooked meals. It is situated in Hartington, in the heart of the Peak District.

The majority of rooms at YHA Hartington Hall contain bunk beds. There is also a guest lounge, with Wi-Fi access and a games area, and laundry facilities are available on site.

The traditional restaurant serves full evening meals, and features exposed beams and original fireplaces. A breakfast buffet is served daily, and there is also a guest kitchen.

Hartington Hall YHA is set in beautiful grounds, just a 20-minute drive from historical Buxton. YHA has free parking, and the magnificent Chatsworth House Estate is a 25-minute drive away.

For more places to stay in the Peak District, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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