Curbar Edge & Calver

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.

Curbar Edge & Calver

The eastern part of the Peak District is famous for its long, gritstone escarpments. There are 9 separate ‘edges’ but this walk focuses on Curbar Edge, a popular spot just to the east of Calver. The walk has lots of variety with a pretty valley walk, a climb up through woodland, and a stroll along the lofty edge, before a nice descent through fields to Curbar itself.

Many people end up just driving through Calver but it’s the perfect place to start a Curbar Edge walk. Initially, the walk takes in a stroll alongside the River Derwent, just right to limber up the legs ahead of the climb up to the edge. After a mile or so, you turn right and gently walk up to a road, where you can either continue opposite or take refreshments in Chequers (pub).

Having reached the top, it’s an easy walk along Curbar Edge on a wide path full of grass and heather, with superb views at all times. The walk finishes by descending via roads and paths through Curbar itself.

The walk is great for those who are after a half day walk. Refreshments are usually available at Curbar Edge car park (at weekends at least) and there’s a pub at the end!

Walk Details

Distance – 6.65km or 4.1 miles

Ascent – 250 metres or 820 feet.

Terrain – Good paths, roads, some rockier sections but nothing too difficult. One steep bit!

Getting There

It’s pretty easy by car, with the parking spot just off the main A623 road, adjacent to Calver Primary School. Just near the Bridge Inn pub, turn left/right and park by the school. The parking is at the roadside and is free. If it’s busy, there is parking along the road in Stage 2 of the walk.

The walk is also accessible by bus from Buxton and Bakewell. Click here for more information on bus routes and times.

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