Wednesday 20th April 2011


An earlier than usual start meant that I didn't meet anyone walking through Chatsworth until I got to the Hunting Tower, which is unusual. With such good weather I decided to extend the walk and explored a tinder dry East Moor and yet again I took the wrong crossing across the brook and ended up doing a longer walk than I had intended.


Start: Hell Bank Plantation (SK 2866 6806) 


Route: Hell Bank Plantation - Rabbit Warren - Swiss Lake - The Hunting Tower - Dobb Edge
            - East Moor - Hob Hurst's House - Hell Bank Plantation


Distance: 8.00 miles     Ascent: 257 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 


Terrain: Predominantly clear paths except when on East Moor.


Weather: Hot and sunny.


Pub visited: None      Ale Drunk: None

Route Map


Derwent Valley

It might be warm with a great blue sky but the distant views
 are lost in the haze. Here looking down the Derwent Valley.



All is quiet in Chatsworth.


The blossom is looking good.



The blossom is turning the avenue white in places.


More blossom.


Swiss Lake

Swiss Lake.


Emperor Lake

Reflections on Emperor Lake.



Looking across Edensor from the Hunting Tower.


The Hunting Tower

The crowds were gathered at the Hunting Tower.


Baslow Edge

Baslow Edge from Dobb Edge.


The shape just caught my attention.


Gardom's Edge

Gardom's Edge. I must visit it one day.


Birchen Edge

Birchen Edge from Dobb Edge.


Wadshelf Brook

Wadshelf Brook.


Umberley Brook

Whilst walking alongside Wadshelf Brook I'd been debating changing my route and 
heading to Umberley Well. Once I reached Umberley Brook I couldn't resist it.


Gibbet Moor

The reason for the debate was that I didn't have my map with me and knew that last time I'd lost
 the path and ended up taking the long way round. I did it again. At least this time the moor was
 tinder dry and the tussocks and heather weren't too long. Here looking across Gibbet Moor from
 East Moor. The tree line to the far left is my intended destination.


Umberley Well

Once I picked up the grouse huts the going eased and I soon reached 
Umberley Well and the stoop that is next to it.


East Moor

Looking back from Umberley Well along the section where I had followed the grouse huts.


Umberley Well

There are one or two stones around Umberley Well, I assume this is a boundary stone. 
I 'd aimed for here mistakenly thinking that it was part of Companion Stones project.


Hob Hurst's House

Hob Hurst's House, the Bronze Age burial mound, is part of the
 project but I'm too early for the new stone.


Harland Edge

A final look back at Harland Edge as I head for the car. Another
 disappointment, I was too early for the ice-cream van.


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