Chatsworth Park and Edensor Grade: Leisurely
Chatsworth House, sitting on the banks of the River Derwent, is both a Peak District treasure and an elegant presence on a grand scale. Our walk enters Chatsworth Park via an old iron kissing gate and proceeds along a well-maintained path through grassy fields where sheep and deer can be seen grazing. Our first glimpse of the house itself is nothing short of breath-taking as it appears on the horizon.
Having reached the house, we continue over the 18th century 3 arch bridge, giving wonderful views of the facade of Chatsworth House. From here, we follow the river towards the ruined mill and the one arched bridge that marks the extent of the estate. We then turn back away from the river towards the extraordinary village of Edensor.
Edensor was built in the 19th century by order of the 6th Duke of Devonshire to replace the original village which he had demolished as it interrupted his view. Each house is built in a different style but all in harmony with one another. It has the feel of a model village but on a human scale.
From Edensor, we return towards the main house with time to look around the former stables where there is a gift shop and cafe before returning via a different route to our start point in Baslow.
Grade: Leisurely. The walk is 5.5 miles with few gradients and is taken at a leisurely pace in order to enjoy the surroundings to the full.