Chatsworth - Peak District Walk

Thursday 6th February 2020

With a dry and sunny day forecast we decided to head out for a walk around the Chatsworth estate. John has done this walk just before Christmas but I hadn't been able to join him as my grandson's stocking needed finishing in time for Santa's first visit. We took advantage of the free parking that was on offer at Calton Lees to encourage people to explore the grounds of Chatsworth whilst the house was shut for winter. Unfortunately shortly after setting off we discovered that I had failed to put the memory card back in my camera so the limited photos I did take are taken with my phone which, as the quality of the images will show, I very rarely use for taking photographs with.

Start: Calton Lees car park (SK 2588 6856)

Route: Calton Lees car park - Derwent Valley Heritage Way - Chatsworth House - The Hunting Lodge - Emperor Lake - Swiss Lake - Rabbit Warren - Beeley Hilltop - Calton Lees car park

Distance: 6.5 miles     Ascent: 267 metres      Time Taken: 3 hrs 50 mins

Terrain: Clear paths

Weather: Dry and sunny

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

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Chatsworth Park

The shape of this tree caught my eye as we headed down to pick up the path by the river.

River Derwent

What I would have given to have been able to use my proper camera for this shot, it might have even been used as a competition entry for one of my camera club's competitons.

River Derwent

Chatsworth House comes into view and it looks a lot quieter than when we were last there.

Chatsworth House

Although not completely calm there are some lovely reflections in the water.

Three Arch Bridge

We soon reach the bridge where we can at least leave the muddy, squelchy path behind us.

Stand Wood

Stand Wood, behind Chatsworth House is our next destination, hopefully we will be able to grab a seat at the Hunting Tower and enjoy our lunch with a view.

Baslow Edge

The phone, or the phone operater, can't get a decent shot of Baslow Edge, but as it is one of my favourite views from here it is included anyway.

New Piece Wood

Looking across Edensor to New Piece Wood from the Hunting Tower. All the seats were occupied so it looks like lunch will be delayed.

Emperor Lake

Five minutes later we have a quiet and secluded seat next to Emperor Lake, where we enjoyed a peaceful lunch in the sun.

Emperor Lake

A beautiful day to be out taking in the sunshine.

Birchen Edge

The clearing just beyond Emperor Lake means we can enjoy the view across to Birchen Edge.

Swiss Cottage

Swiss Cottage seen across a completly drained Swiss Lake.

Rabbit Warren

Having left the estate we now need to decide if we are dropping straight down to Beeley Hilltop, via the path below, or continuing along Rabbit Warren.

New Piece Wood

Before we decide there is time to take in the view across to New Piece Wood and Longstone Edge.

Falling Edge

We opt to continue the walk along Rabbit Warren and enjoy views across to Falling Edge as we approach the gate and stile.

Hell Bank Plantation

Once through the gate we turn downhill and only the presence of Hell Bank Plantation to our left stops the sun blinding us.

Beeley Hilltop

As we approach Beeley Hilltop the path flattens out until just beyond the houses it becomes a tarmac road.

Old Mill

Once we are back on the main road we cut across in front of the old mill rather than stick to the road.


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