Baslow to Chatsworth House

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Tea Shops
Last Walked
3.00 Miles (4.80 Km)
Explorer OL24  1:25000
White Peak Area
Baslow Carpark
DE45 1SR  (SK 2581 7211)
377 feet   (115 meters)
344 feet   (105 meters)
442 feet   (135 meters)
Pay and Display
Mar 26th 2012  Duration 1h 45m
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A short and easy sunny Sunday afternoon stroll sort of walk, no stiles and only one kissing gate. This walk as well as having two tea shops can be considered both pushchair and buggy friendly. If you are worried about getting your buggy through the kissing gate don't be as it's rotary! There is only one significant slope on this walk, and most of it can be avoided should you choose as it is the rise from the river at Chatsworth House to the tea rooms in the courtyard. If you are walking this route with a dog, please be aware that there are sheep grazing in the parkland so please keep your dog on the lead. As for tea shops there are two on this route; the Cafe on the Green in Baslow near the car park, and the courtyard tea room and restaurant at Chatsworth House. It's worth noting that the stated duration for this walk does not take into account any time spent either exploring Chatsworth House and gardens, or visiting either of the tea rooms.

Getting There:

Baslow is situated near the junction of the A619 and A623 around three and a half miles to the north-east of Bakewell. Baslow is also accessible from the northern end of Chatsworth Estate. From the south (Bakewell/Chatsworth) follow the signs for Baslow, on entering the village turn right at the island where the A619 and A623 meet. Continue for around a quarter of a mile then turn right at the village green into Church Lane.
Bar Brook, Baslow

Bar Brook at Baslow

The pay and display car park is to be found on the right behind the bus stop. From the Sheffield area and the North in general take the A621 south, at the traffic island where the A621 meets the A619 turn right towards Baslow. Once again after around a quarter of a mile the village green and the car park are to be found on the left.
Car Park Charges
These prices were correct at the time of last visit.
(February 23rd 2017)

    One Hour       £1.30
    Two Hours     £2.20
    Three Hours   £3.30
    Four Hours    £4.40
    All Day          £5.50
    Over Night    £1.00

The Walk:

From the car park return to the road, as you leave the car park note the small shop and toilet block. Turn right and walk in front of the small shop towards the Cafe on the Green. Staying on the same side of the road walk to the bridge and cross the brook, immediately on the other side of the bridge take the small road to the right signposted Chatsworth. Pass in front of the thatched cottages and continue until you reach a large blue gate with a metal squeeze stile to the left. Either pass through the stile or open the gate and pass through that (the catch is to the right), if you go through the gate please close it behind you. Follow the path forward past Plantation Cottage on the right and ignoring the metal kissing gate in the metal fence to the left, eventually the route comes to the Cannon Kissing Gate. in the wall of Chatsworth Estate. This is a most unusual construct; a large metal cage cylinder with a quadrant open for access. Simply step in, then rotate the drum until the opening is on the other side then step out. A plaque on the wall next to the gate tells how it got it's unusual name.

Once through the kissing gate the route to Chatsworth house is to simply follow the path in front of you through the grounds of Chatsworth park. There is always some form of livestock grazing in the park so please keep any dogs on the lead. At the white cottage on the right a vehicle track joins from the left, here Chatsworth House becomes visible, and the route continues forward towards the River Derwent Queen Mary's Bower. At Queen Mary's Bower the path divides, keep to the right, pass through a gate and walk down to the bridge. Should you go ahead, a stock fence prevents you rejoining the footpath and a cattle grid has to be crossed to access the path again.
The Cannon Kissing Gate, Nr Baslow

Cannon Kissing Gate

The River Derwent at Chatsworth

The Derwent Near Chatsworth

Queen Mary's Bower; Chatsworth

Queen Mary's Bower

Stable Block Tea Rooms, Chatsworth

Stable Block Tea Rooms

From the bridge walk up the hill through a second stock gate and on towards Charsworth House and the tea rooms in the courtyard of the old stable block. Access to the courtyard tea room is through the arch under the clock tower. Outside the main house there is a choice to be made, visit the house and or tea room of continue the walk back towards Baslow. Whatever your choice the walk continues from this point. In front of the main house there is a vehicle track off to the left (if you are facing up hill) with a bus stop.
Take this track across the parkland away from the House. The first part of this roadway has some light traffic as a car park exit, but it soon becomes estate vehicles only. Walk along this track for almost a mile, past a short avenue of trees leading to the white cottage to a sign on a tree stating "Footpath To Baslow" in large letters and a white arrow pointing off to the left. Here leave the path and walk down the slope across the grass to the Cannon Kissing Gate. From here is is a simple matter of tracing your steps back through the blue gate to the car park on the left over the bridge. Should you need any refreshment before continuing your journey the Cafe On The Green is worth a visit.
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