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Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge
Statistics:
Map of the walk
Start:
Crossroads on A621 near Baslow
Start (OS ref):
SK276741
Map (1:25,000):
Parking:
Ample roadside verge parking at the start. Designated car park at the finish.
Distance:
4 miles (6.4 km)
Time:
2 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Climbing:
135 metres
Hazards:
Take care close to the edge and when crossing the A625
Refreshments:
Baslow, Curbar, Froggatt and Nether Padley
Route Map:
Summary: The final walk of our Peak District weekend was shorter than our usual outings as Steve had to get to Birmingham airport for a four o'clock flight. This wasn't a bad thing as we had all to travel home too. I had chosen this walk as the final day walk along a long edge with open moorland to the east and great views over the edge to Derwent Dale and Goit Dale to the east. The walk along the edge lived up to all my expectations and enjoyed by all.

elevation profile

The Story of the Walk:

Wellington's Monument
The Eagle Stone
Wellington's Monument near Baslow Edge
The Eagle Stone near to Baslow Edge

The three great days of weather on our long weekend in the Peak District did not extend to the final forth day. It wasn't raining but it was an extremely dull day we woke up to, all due to a weak low pressure system drifting south. But there was no stopping us, we had a final short spectacular walk to enjoy along a long grit stone edge. As we were subject to a time restriction the walk was a linear one so we deposited my car at the finish in a car park on the edge near Nether Padley and drove to our start four miles away in Steve's car. It had been an eventful day before the start of the walk. We all went out last night in Buxton and enjoyed a few pints before finishing off with a delicious curry. Then in the night rumblings occurred in our digs. Joe and I had a peaceful night in our room but next door there had been sinister goings on. Steve first got up at around 5.00am and went a walking. He was to do four further times before breakfast. Meanwhile Dave had woke up in the night in a feverish sweat, all soaked through. A nightmare had interrupted his well earned slumbers. It must have been a restless room that night. The interruptions had not dampened their spirits for the walk though and we set off on a track towards Baslow Edge for a meeting with Wellington's Monument and the Eagle Stone. As soon as we set off Steve went for a wander, was this the sixth time? We walked on and he caught up at the monument.

On the edge of Curbar Edge
Curbar Edge
Celebrating a great weekend's walking
A hand reaching out towards Froggatt

After Wellington's Monument we made our way closer to the edge at Curbar. Although it was overcast and blowing we could see enough of down below to realise the views. Anyway, the views on the edge itself were spectacular with interesting rock features and lots of overhangs to explore. As with the Roaches near Leek which we walked two days ago this is a popular rock climbing area but with it being Monday and inclement there wasn't a rock climber to be seen. We did come across small groups of walkers from time to time as we made our way from Curbar Edge to Froggatt Edge, the change only relevant in name of the village below. It was the same grit stone edge all the way. At about half way Steve suddenly disappeared. Was this the seventh time? We continued along the edge and eventually began to descend towards the site of a stone circle. Dave found the location and he and I looked it over.

Looking over the edge of Froggatt Edge
Froggatt Edge
Phew, it's a long way down!
Joe bounces down to the car park near Hay Wood

The much anticipated stone circle was not impressive and Dave commented "That's just about the worse stone circle I've seen, in fact it is the worse". At this point Steve disappeared again. this time we assumed he was ahead and going for the finish. We were now off the edge and soon crossed the A625, then walking through a dell and back to my car. Steve appeared from behind. Had he been for the 8th time? Now our walking was done and I drove back to Steve's car where we said our goodbye's. I look forward to the next time we go walking. And well done Joe, we were all impressed with your walking throughout the weekend. Get the leg sorted out Dave, we want you back at your best. Finally, what a fabulous edge walk it was to finish off our long weekend walking in the Peak District.

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