Birchen & Gardom’s Edges

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.

Birchen & Gardom’s Edges

This is the perfect walk if you are after a short, relatively easy hike around Birchen Edge 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.

Gardom’s Edge is the next point of interest, full of ancient woodland and a gritstone escarpment. You’ll also pass the Three Men – 3 piles of stones – before a left turn and an easy walk back to the Robin Hood.

The short hill aside, the walking is never difficult, navigation should be easy with this guide, essentially it’s an easy walk around Birchen Edge. We think you should have a lovely few hours.

Walk Details

Distance – 5.2km or 3 miles

Ascent – 100 metres or 330 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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