Baslow Monuments

The Peak District National Park was created in 1951, the first national park in the UK. Walking in the Peak District can be quite varied, with the more gentle limestone dales of the White Peak and the higher, gritstone moors of the Dark Peak, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Baslow Monuments

There are some great Baslow walks, and this is no different. It’s a longer version of our Birchen & Gardom’s Edge walk, with great views and a pub at the start and finish – oh, and a bit of history too!

The walk starts from the Pay and Display car park next to the Robin Hood Pub. Initially, the walk takes you along a stony footpath before a short, sharp ascent up onto Birchen Edge. It’s then a lovely amble along the footpath, with great views over to Baslow. The walk passes Nelson’s Monument and the Three Ships, before reaching a trig point and a descent over moorland to the A621.

You then follow an easy track across to Wellington’s Monument, with a lovely descent through woodlands to Bar Brook and a lovely old packhorse bridge. Crossing the road again, the walk then climbs steadily through the woodlands underneath Gardom’s Edge, with fabulous views down to Chatsworth. Finally, it’s a stroll down through fields to the walk start.

The walking is relatively easy, on decent (but uneven) paths.

Walk Details

Distance – 7km or 4.3 miles

Ascent – 220 metres or 720 feet.

Terrain – Easy paths & tracks along moorland and woodlands, one very steep but very short ascent, one steady ascent.

Getting There

Pay and Display parking is available at the Birchen Edge Car Park just off the A619 between Baslow and Chesterfield. Look out for the Robin Hood pub and it’s easy enough to find. Parking is free for National Trust and RSPB members.

It’s also possible to reach the walk via bus – routes and times here. There are stops very close to the walk start.

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