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Bakewell to Edensor

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Bakewell
5.25 Miles (8.40 Km)
Explorer OL24  1:25000
White Peak Area
Northern End Of Town Bridge
(SK 2201 6868)
 
 
400 feet   (122 meters)
387 feet   (118 meters)
928 feet   (283 meters)
 
 
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Aug 6th 2012  Duration 3h 10m
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View from the brigge over the River Wye at Bakewell

View From Bakewell Bridge

Duck Feeding.

Until recently there has been a tradition of feeding the duck's and geese on the river at Bakewell (as well as the trout that rise to grab bread before the ducks). Sadly this activity has now been banned by the local council. The reason given is that it attracts too many male ducks who then the mob the female ducks during the breeding season.
A fairly easy and straight forward walk from Bakewell across a golf course and into woodland. This woodland is the contains the steepest most trick part of the walk. From the woodland the walk crosses Calton Pastures to the picturesque village of Edensor on the Chatsworth Estate. As well as the wonderful collection of building styles that make up the village there is also the Grave of Kathleen Kennedy (sister of the late US president John.F.Kennedy) and that of the once head gardener Joseph Paxton in the grave yard of St Peter's Church, there is also a wonderful tea room in the former post office that is always worth a visit. From Edensor it is only a matter of a further ten minutes walk to visit Chatsworth House should you choose to extend the route. The return leg is mostly a steady uphill walk along country lanes and tracks with the final drop into Bakewell through woodland and back across the golf course. All in all a really pleasant walk that somehow seems to be more up than down.

Getting There:

Bakewell is a prominent market town in Derbyshire located on the A6 towards the north of the county, to this day agricultural and cattle markets take place each Monday (Bank Holiday's excludes as is the week of the Bakewell show). During these times the town becomes extremely busy, and parking can be difficult if not almost impossible. Parking for this walk is best from either the car parks off Coombs road (Northern end of the River Bridge), or at the agricultural centre is driving in from the South. There is also limited town centre parking in the market place on non-market days; but it is so limited I tend not to bother with it. Given the number of different long and short stay parking options available in Bakewell I have chosen not to detail parking charges for this walk.

Although Bakewell has no rail station it is well served by buses. Services 6.1 and Trans-Peak from Derby and Matlock areas, Trans-Peak also from Buxton, Stockport, Manchester and Nottingham., Service 275 from Sheffield, Grindleford and Hathersage, plus services from Leek and Macclesfield. For a full list of bus services and timetables both to and from Bakewell please visit the Derby Bus Info website.

The Walk:

This walk starts from the northern end of Bakewell's town bridge, the end away from the town centre. From the bridge and walking away from the town keep right and enter into Coombs Road, at this point there should be a car park immediately to your right. At the end of the car park turn right and walk down the lane crossing the old mill leat along the way. When the road reaches the entrance to another (Smith's Island) car park directly ahead, turn left and follow the path around the edge of the car park to the Agricultural Centre. Walk past the front of the centre and follow the oral left back out onto Coombs Road. Turn left then look for a footpath sign by a double gate on the right (The Outrake). Walk up the tarmacked drive to a kissing gate, go through the gate into a field more often than not populated with Alpacas and Black Sheep.
Alpacas and Black Sheep near Bakewell, Derbyshire

Alpacas and Black Sheep

Walk up the edge of the field with the wall, then hedge to you right until you reach the bridge over the Monsal Trail is reached. Pass over the bridge through the gates and follow the footpath until it exits onto Bakewell Golf Course. The footpath across the golf course is sunken below the fairway, a warning bell has been provided to alert golfers to the presence of walkers on the footpath. It may well be worth giving it a ring as you pass.

After a short distance the path enters Manners Wood and begins to climb towards Calton Pastures, after a while the path reaches a junction, to there left there is a path into Hadddon Estate, ahead the path continues to climb, Take the path ahead and continue upward until a stock gate in a wall is reached. This uphill section is a bit steep, possibly wet and tricky in places so take care as you go. Once through the gate turn right and follow the path out onto Calton Pastures, aim just to the left of a stand of trees then on to a gate just left of a large pond ahead. Go through the gate, from here there are two paths; one roughly follows the edge of Manners Wood south-east, the other follows the edge of the pond to the left before striking out across the pasture. The left pond side path is the one to follow. The target for this section is a gate and step stile in a fence round a third of a mile ahead, aim for a point just to the right of the stand of trees visible ahead until the gate comes into view.

Russian Cottage and Dutch Barn, Calton Pastures, Derbyshire

Russian Cottange and Barn

The next section is fairly straight forward, follow the vehicle track ahead until the Russian Cottage and Dutch Barn come into view, then continue forward to a way marker post in the middle of the pasture. Turn left and head to a large gate in the edge of the woodland to the left of the barn. Walk through New Piece Wood to a very tall gate and stone step stile that mark the entrance to Chatsworth Park. I tend to use the gate rather than the stile at this point. Once in Chatswerth Park there are fine views down to the house it's self (right) and benches (left) should you choose to stop and rest a while. Chatsworth Park is a deer park, so as well as the usual cattle and sheep you may well come across a herd of deer. If walking with a dog please be aware of the presence of livestock.
Walk ahead from the tall stile and gate following the obvious path towards the plantation of trees ahead, as you approach the trees the spite of St Peters in Edensor comes into view. Follow the path down the slope towards Edensor and the church, as the path approached the village there should backs of gardens ahead to the left and the churchyard almost directly ahead. The way down into the village may not be immediately apparent, as it is a set of steps between a wall and a fence leading up from the base of the ditch that surrounds Edensor. Go up the steps through the gate thing at the top then follow the path alongside the wall toward the village. The path soon becomes a steep set of stone steps that lead out onto the road through Edensor.

If you wish to visit the church and tea rooms turn right at this point, the church is situated at the main road junction in Edensor. The tea rooms are to be found in the former Post Office in a cul-de-sac on the opposite side of the church. If you choose to do this return to this point to continue the rest of the walk.

From the point where the route joined the road through Edensor, walk up the hill away from St Peters Church and leave the village. The road soon becomes just a vehicle track and continues to climb steadily, follow this track for almost a mile until it joins Handley Lane. On the left just before the junction there is a large stone roundel engraved with a spiral and some text. If anyone knows what this is or what it means please let me know.
Edensor, Derbyshire

Edensor

Edensor Tea Room's tea's and cakes are served throughout the day as well as lovely lunches between 11:00 and 15:00 each day. Toilets are available in the court yard at the end of the cul-de-sac complete with honesty box for non-patrons. Should you wish to check opening hours; the Edensor tea room can be contacted by email via the link below:

Engraved Stone by the roadside, Derbyshire

Engraved Stone

The text on the roundel reads:

"for the other rode
go inward
by cranesbill and leaf star
clear the stream"

I have to admit this is not something I have encountered before! On the opposite side of the track stands a stone pillar that is also engraved with text, unfortunately I could not gain access to read what it said. Leaving this enigma behind turn left onto Handley Lane and continue up hill towards Ballcross Farm. As the farm is approached the lane swings to the right and a bridle way is marked on the left, here do not take the bridle way instead take the narrow footpath on the far side of the bridal way and follow it down into the woodland. The path through the woodland is easily followed although it does not seem to quite follow the line on the maps. Regardless of this after around a quarter of a mile it emerges out onto Bakewell Golf Course.
Our approach to the path across the golf course makes us clearly visible to any golfers present, but as before the path soon dips below the fairway and another of those warning bells is to be found. On the far side of the golf course the path drops down to a bridge over the Monsal Trail. If as you cross the bridge you look over the parapet to the right the buildings of the Former Bakewell Station can be seen. On the far side of the bridge the path comes out onto the B6408 Station Road, turn left and follow the road down to the junction of Coombs Road and Town bridge to complete the walk.
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