Derbyshire Walk - Chatsworth

Car Park Location (Start Point)

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This time we are off to wander the majestic Chatsworth Estate and surrounding area.

Directions to Beeley

If head North along the A6 past Matlock and through Darley Dale turn right as enter Rowsley onto the B6012 to Beeley, after 1.5 miles turn right into the village of Beeley then right again and the Car Park is the right near the Devonshire Arms.

Route Details:

Ok starting at Beeley we will head easterly out of the village and climb up through Hell Bank woods and passing a waterfall before getting to open moorland.

The first part of the walk is a gradual hill climb over 1.8 miles but once arriving at the top, that's the only main hill incline of the day. After this we walk across some moorland until we head into the Chatsworth estate woodland.

While walking through the woodland we will pass Swiss Lake and Swiss Cottage before moving onto Emperor Lake, then its onto the Hunting Lodge before heading downwards past the farm shop then to the stables area and courtyard, where I suggest we have lunch as this being 4.4miles into the route.

After lunch we will head past the grand house and over the Derwent river bridge where there is another opportunity for photographs. After this we will head along the river passing 2 weirs and the old estate corn-mill. Then out of the park and back to Beeley passing the quaint village Church and as usual hopefully on completion we can take a drink of refreshment at the Devonshire Arms by the car park or an alternative there is a great pub in Rowsley.

Highlights:

• Beeley Village

• Hell Bank Wood Plantation

• Waterfall

• Chatsworth Estate

• Swiss Cottage & Swiss Lake

• Emperor Lake

• Hunting Lodge

• Old Stables & Courtyard

• Chatsworth House

• Derwent River

• Beeley Church and the Devonshire Arms.

This route has one main hill at the start of the walk then the rest of the day is flat and down hill, walking on some well trodden paths and tracks and open fields, parkland's and footpath.

Route Details:

Distance - 7.46 miles (12.05 kilometres)

Elevation Range:

341.54 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point.

967.19 feet [masked] metres) at the highest point.

Footpaths 35%

Roads 20%

Tracks 45%


The Usual:

As always make sure you are prepared for this walk.
You will need:

• Walking boots are always the ideal footwear of choice - especially as its Autumn now, where the ground can be wet and slippery so a good grip and ankle support is essential.

• Suitable clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren’t recommended as if they get wet they become heavy) lightweight breathable trousers are better, walking trousers or sports wear.


• Waterproofs are essential as it is now Autumn

• Hats & gloves - worthwhile to pack just in case 


• Snacks, Sweets etc.

• Adequate water or soft drinks

As it's Autumn the weather can change so you may need waterproofs but then again it can also still be sunny too so don't forget your sunglasses also useful to bring spare warm clothing such as an extra jumper/jersey and maybe a spare pair of socks.

This is a picturesque area so I would suggest to bring a camera to capture sights along the route.

Sense of humour is essential!!


PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH - we will stop along the route for Lunch, but please be self-sufficient for food/drink for the day before hand.

We aim to stop near the house and stables for lunch but this cant be guaranteed, we will be passing the shop at Chatsworth but please dont think this is the chance to go and order a meal, Its not fair as due to waiting times could hold up the rest of the group which could lead to walking back in darkness as the nights get darker earlier. Thanks

Please arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.30am

(I do have a cut off time that we WILL start walking by so if you arrive late I cant guarantee we will be still waiting)

When I plan the route beforehand I have to calculate Autumn and Winter daylight times for the safety of the group and benefit to you all.

Thanks

Andy


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  • Maxine M.

    Another great walk organised by Andy Stanley. Interesting walk, lovely friendly people and I had a good laugh, especially when we came across a spooky Witch with her cauldron in the Forest!

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    another nice day ,great company
    and the added bonus of seeing a witch in the woods

    October 27, 2013

  • karl

    Running late dont think i ll make it on time now.

    October 26, 2013

    • Andy S.

      How far away?

      October 26, 2013

  • Maxine M.

    Where are you all?

    October 26, 2013

  • Paul

    Sorry not going to make it. I set fire to my glasses this morning so have to go and get some new ones. Honestly I did I'm not making this up

    October 26, 2013

    • Andy S.

      ! W|HOWGAT':-10

      October 26, 2013

  • Sarah F.

    Sorry, too tired after a long week at work and don't think I would make it round!

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi looking for a day out ,is it to late for me to attend this one?

    October 26, 2013

    • Andy S.

      More the merrier as long you are there for 10.30 so we can start walking, hopefully see you there

      October 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Andy,I'm on my way then :-)

      October 26, 2013

  • Frances

    Thanks Karl and Steve for letting me know. I'll see you tomorrow Fay in the car park (little co-op)

    October 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok francis

      October 25, 2013

  • steve w.

    Sorry to say but I won't be able to make this now. Bit of domestic crisis that will need attention. Shame as I was looking forward to it. Thanks for the offer of a lift to Frances, thought I let you soon as so that somebody else has the chance to take the place. I need new boots anyway so will get these for next time.

    October 25, 2013

  • Neal P.

    Can anyone offer me a lift? I live in Hyson Green

    October 23, 2013

    • Marie H.

      I could pick you up. Am in Ilkeston so not too far.

      October 24, 2013

    • Neal P.

      That would be fantastic. PM'd you with address

      October 24, 2013

  • Susan

    Hi everyone, I'd like to car share, but I'm new to this area and I have an appallingly bad sense of direction (a 7 mile journey took me 45 mins the other day!) I wouldn't like to inflict this on anybody else making them miss the walk, so hopefully I will see you there :)

    October 24, 2013

  • Andy S.

    See you all at the car park (for a 10.30am start) should be a good dry day out, if any probs my mobile is[masked]

    October 24, 2013

  • Marie H.

    Am back on board!

    October 24, 2013

  • Paul

    As long as im back from work in time ill be there. Im of to Scotland tomorrow and coming back Friday. So I'll keep my fingers crossed for no delays.

    October 23, 2013

  • Lynda

    Hi Andy, I would have loved to have come but I am now having a diving session and can't do both. I will look out for your future walks.

    October 21, 2013

    • Lynda

      I wave goodbye to a social life hence my extended holiday to make up for working 12hr days lol

      October 23, 2013

    • Andy S.

      I waved goodbye years ago to most things when set up in business lol

      October 23, 2013

  • Frances

    Hi I can offer a lift from Nottingham. I'm based in Sherwood so can pick up from surrounding areas or from somewhere central. I can probably take 3 people.

    October 22, 2013

    • steve w.

      Cheers will see you at CO-OP then.

      October 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok thanks francis see you then

      October 23, 2013

  • Anne

    Would love to come but transport is a problem.. Can anyone offer me a lift please, willing to share cost..

    October 20, 2013

  • Andy S.

    maybe going up the night before but if not is there any chance of lift?

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's the intended finish time ?

    October 18, 2013

    • Andy S.

      should be around 3 - 3.30pm

      October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i would like a lift from Nottingham please

    October 18, 2013

  • steve w.

    I would appriciate a lift if anybody is willing. I live near Notts city centre so I can travel out to meet you pretty much anywhere. Obviously happy to share costs. Thanks in advance.

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This went by error as not attending and not meant to be a confirmation - sorry

    October 15, 2013

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