Chatsworth Park, Edensor and Calton Lees, Peak District Grade: Moderate
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 steeply uphill in order to the Hunting Tower with its far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside. It is well worth the effort! From here, we head through the wooded landscape above the house before reaching open countryside with more beautiful views.
When we reach the road, we head downhill to the River Derwent before ascending a long, steady incline to New Piece Wood. As we emerge from the woodland and begin our descent towards the village of Edensor, there are wonderful views of Chatsworth House in the valley below.
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: Moderate. The walk is 8.5 miles with some relatively long ascents and descents along the way. There is one short steep ascent at the start of the walk. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this walk.