Car Park Location (Start Point)
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.
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.
• Beeley Village
• Hell Bank Wood Plantation
• 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.
Distance - 7.46 miles (12.05 kilometres)
341.54 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point.
967.19 feet [masked] metres) at the highest point.
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.