As the first walk of Spring I thought we shall take to the paths of some of the most picturesque parts of the region.
Where we will walk along side the Derwent River, through Stoney Middleton, passing Grindleford , over Froggatt's Edge before visiting Baslow and tthe back into Calver.
As the landscape starts to change for the better with plants starting to flower and trees starting to blossom. Where the countryside becomes greener once again and before the new cries of spring lambs and calves fill the fields as Easter approaches once again.
Ok this time we are are meeting at the village of Calver just off the A623 .
Those that come along for this new spring walk will mostly come via junction 29 or 29A of the M1 then by heading to Chesterfield and then onto the A619, passing Chatsworth House and Park and where at the next roundabout you should take a right onto the A623, where you will pass through Baslow and then continue onwards into Calver . Once at Calver you should look out and turn onto Donkey Lane which is a left hand turn. Head down Donkey lane for 250 metres where you will see the Derwent Water Arms pub at the next junction and the car park opposite where we are meeting.
From Calver we will head North West to Stoney Middleton once home to Hannah Baddeley who is famous for jumping from the cliff top of Middleton Dale (this spot is now called lovers leap) in 1762 when she jumped from the cliff and her petticoat opened up like a parachute where she survived a fall of over 40 metres.
From Stoney Middleton we will head to the bridge at Frogatt where we will then walk along side the Derwent River to Grindleford via the Derwent Valley Heritage Way footpath, after Grindleford we will go onwards to Upper Padley and to the local famous stop of Grindlford Station and where the source of natural spring water can be found too. Next we go south past Nether Padley and over Tumbling Hill, passing the wooded area of Hay Wood before we cross the A625 and then we are on the high point as we walk along side Froggatt's Edge and all the way to Curbar Gap crossing a minor road and then along side Baslow Edge to Eagle Stone and close to the Wellington Monument, here we begin to go down hill via Baslow Bar and into the village of Baslow. Once in the centre of the village we will cross the River Derwent once again and now head North alongside the river on a flat path as we head back into Calver where the Derwent Arms pub will be waiting for our cool down with a nice cold or hot drink what ever your preference.
• Stoney Middleton
• Derwent Valley Heritage Way
• River Derwent
• Upper Padley
• Grindleford Station
• Nether Padley
• Froggatts Edge
• Curbar Gap
• Baslow Edge
• Derwent Water Arms Pub
Finish: 4.00pm (eta)
Distance: 11.28 miles (18.15 Kilometres)
357.61 feet (109 metres) at the lowest point
[masked] feet (341 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 - even though its Spring it still can be wet underfoot, making it 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 any time of the year as you never know in the countryside and best to be prepared.
• Hats & gloves - worthwhile to pack just in case
• Snacks, Sweets etc.
• Adequate water or soft drinks
As it's Spring 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 too also useful to bring spare warm clothing such as an extra jumper/jersey and maybe a spare pair of socks.
Sense of humour is essential!!
Lunch will be somewhere near the start of Froggatt's Edge depending how we are doing on pace, there are options for either shelter in case of cooler weather or a view point where we can sit and admire the landscape but these are in open countryside with NO shops/café's near by so:
PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH - please be self-sufficient by bringing/buying food & drink for the day before hand.
Please arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.15am
(I do have a cut off time that we WILL start walking by so if you arrive late I cant guarantee we will be there still waiting)
When I plan the route beforehand I have to calculate daylight times for the safety of the group and benefit to you all.