I’m very lucky to live in Derbyshire. It is a truly beautiful county and a lot of my spare time has been spent exploring the Peak District National Park. Millions of people visit each year to enjoy the great outdoors, so I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite areas for a good walk.
Running north-south along the eastern edge of the Peak District is an escarpment of Millstone Grit. It isn’t continuous -it is truncated by the odd road and valley- but each section is named. Known locally as “The Edges” they make a great location for a walk.
The photographs below run south to north in order. They start at Birchens Edge near to Chatsworth and finish at Stanage Edge just above Hathersage.
Nelson’s monument and the view south-west from Birchens Edge towards Chatsworth.
Directly behind Nelson’s monument are these 3 large rocks. Each has the name of one of Admiral Nelson’s battleships carved into them. Victory, Defiance and Royal Soverin.
Two climbers on a classic Derbyshire gritstone route on Curbar Edge high above the Derwent Valley.
The path along the top of Froggatt Edge is well trodden and ideal for walkers of all ages.
Burbage Rocks runs along the southern edge of the Burbage Valley. This is the view from Burbage South, across the valley to the outcrops of Carl Wark and Higger Tor.
Some of the edges were quarried to make millstones.
The millstone quarrying industry died overnight and unwanted millstones can be seen lying where they were left generations ago.
My partner Sheila on the path up to Stanage Edge.
A great place to stay is North Lees Hall. Reckoned to be the inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Charlotte Bronte’s, Jane Eyre. Just below Stanage Edge and above Hathersage it can be let from the Vivat trust.
All you’ll need then is some decent footwear, waterproofs just in case, a packet of cheese and tomato sandwiches, a flask of tea and the Ordnance Survey maps to the White and Dark Peak.