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Chatsworth – Birchen Edge Guided Walk

A guided walk to explore the lovely countryside and spectacular gritstone edges in the area around the historic Chatsworth House.

  • Distance: 9 miles/14.5km.
  • Ascent: 1128ft/344m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Great For: New and experienced hill walkers who enjoy landscape and history.
  • Approx Timings: 0915 – 1600. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish: Chatsworth House Main Car Park, Bakewell,  DE45 1PN.
  • Location Map >

£40.00

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Description

Chatsworth House and its grounds are simply breath taking!  Our open walk starts here, gaining height through the grounds to the hunting lodge.  We then follow Chatsworth Edge to the Robin Hood Inn, enjoying far reaching views in all directions and over the Chatsworth Estate including the tall Fountain.  We then cross over to Birchen Edge and follow the path to some rocky outcrops known as the ‘Three Ships’, representing Victory, Sovereign and Endeavor, with Nelson’s monument close by.  The Edge is followed over moorland and continues to Baslow Edge and the site of Wellington’s Monument.  We then circle the Edge to admire the views and rock architecture before descending to Baslow Village and returning to Chatsworth via the park grounds.

Additional information

The Walk

Chatsworth House and its grounds are simply breath taking!  Our open walk starts here, gaining height through the grounds to the hunting lodge.  We then follow Chatsworth Edge to the Robin Hood Inn, enjoying far reaching views in all directions and over the Chatsworth Estate including the tall Fountain.  We then cross over to Birchen Edge and follow the path to some rocky outcrops known as the 'Three Ships', representing Victory, Sovereign and Endeavor, with Nelson’s monument close by.  The Edge is followed over moorland and continues to Baslow Edge and the site of Wellington’s Monument.  We then circle the Edge to admire the views and rock architecture before descending to Baslow Village and returning to Chatsworth via the park grounds.

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

Meeting and Parking

We meet at Chatsworth House Main Car Park, Bakewell,  DE45 1PN.  The car park is a ‘Pay & Display’ and (currently) costs £5 per day. It’s worth bringing coins in case cards are not accepted.

There are public toilets at the main entrance.

Please see a Google Map showing the location of Chatsworth House and Car Park here.

Coming by Bus or Train?
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving reasonably nearby we’ll give you a free lift.  Just ask us when you book.

Facilities

Chatsworth House  and grounds with its cafe, restaurant, farmyard and parkland is well worth a visit. There are toilets at the main entrance. Within walking distance is the picturesque village of Edensor and also the village of Baslow.  Baslow has a hotel, pubs, restaurants and cafes and is less than 15 minutes drive from the historic town of Bakewell.

See a map of the local area  here.

Walk Difficulty

This is a Moderate Walk.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

Click here to see a Google map of accommodation near this walks start.

We have also created a page of Peak District accommodation we recommend here >

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.