Chatsworth Estate - Peak District Walk

Thursday 10th April 2008

The forecast was for heavy showers, arriving at lunchtime, so I opted for a walk close to home, with a slightly earlier start than usual, in order to avoid the showers. It wasn't until I got home that I realised it was exactly a year since I had been on Gibbet Moor, on a walk where I attempted, but failed, to find the two lakes that I visited today. With last years visit in mind I deliberately reversed the route, heading for Chatsworth first. Not only did I find the two lakes but I also discovered a delightful concessionary route, through the estate, which isn't marked on any map, that allows you access to Dobb Edge and also gives you fantastic views of Birchen Edge.

Start: Hell Bank Plantation (SK 2868 6807)

Route: Hell Bank Plantation - Rabbit Warren - Swiss Lake - Emperor Lake - Dobb Edge - Gibbet Moor - Rabbit Warren - Hell Bank Plantation

Distance: 8 miles     Ascent: 248 metres      Time Taken: 3 hours 50 mins

Terrain: Easy clear paths.

Weather: Warm with blue sky.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

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Stanton Moor

Looking across the Derwent Valley, from Rabbit Warren, with Stanton Moor in the distance.

Rabbit Warren

In the opposite direction, looking towards Longstone Edge, which is once again under threat from quarrying. Despite the Peak District National Park Authority winning the Public Enquiry last year and quarrying being banned it only took one judge to over-turn the decision earlier this year!!! Democracy in action - I think not.

Calton Lees

Looking across Calton Lees from Rabbit Warren.


Entering the Chatsworth Estate.

Swiss Lake

Reflections in Swiss Lake.

Emperor Lake

Emperor Lake.

Hunting Tower

Hunting Tower.

Baslow Edge

Baslow Edge from Dobb Edge.

Birchen Edge

Birchen Edge from the path along Dobb Edge.

Three Ships

Nelson's Monument and the Three Ships on Birchen Edge.

Baslow & Gardom's Edges

Baslow Edge (C) and Gardom's Edge (R).

Gardom's Edge

Gardom's Edge (C) and Birchen Edge (R).

Dobb Edge

Looking back along the path across Dobb Edge.

Longstone Edge

Longstone Edge from Dobb Edge.

Heathy Lea Brook

Heathy Lea Brook.

Gibbet Moor

Gibbet Moor.


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