We step it up a gear from last weeks stroll along the Cromford Canal, and the scenery takes on a more dramatic look and feel about it. To give you an idea of the terrain the gritstone edges around Curbar are very popular amongst climbers with some of the finest climbers and mountaineers in the world cutting their teeth here as a base for training. Cath Lee, of Peak Walking Adventures, picks up the best route for exploring this area.
Curbar Edge (Medium)
One of the dramatic gritstone edges that the Dark Peak area is famous for. Curbar Edge is located between Froggatt Edge and Baslow Edge both of which are also great walks. You can approach it by walking up the hillside from the villages of Curbar or Calver, or to avoid the hill park at Curbar Gap and stroll along the edge for as far as you want to before retracing your steps. Another option is to continue onto Froggatt Edge and descend steeply to return on the pretty woodland path through Bee Wood.
Whichever route you choose you will be able to marvel at the craggy outcrops of gritstone, fine views over the Derwent Valley, and heather covered moorland.
To extend this walk follow Froggatt Edge all the way along to the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate and descend back to the valley floor through the beautiful woodland of Padley Gorge, passing through Grindleford on your way back to Calver. Alternatively, head west towards the village of Eyam, made famous (or maybe that should be infamous) for being the only place outside of London to be struck by the Plague and was effectively annexed from the rest society between 1665-66 as a result. This year is the 350th Anniversary and there are a series of events and activities taking place in this pretty village to commemorate that time. Eyam is also home to the National Trust’s Eyam Hall, a small, charming, traditional Jacobean house and garden well worth a look around.
We head east next week taking in a pleasant walk around Linacre Reservoir, just outside of Chesterfield.
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