Calton Lees, Edensor, Chatsworth House
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4.00 Miles (6.40 Km)
Explorer OL24 1:25000
White Peak Area
Calton Lees Car Park
DE4 2NX (SK 2588 6859)
390 feet (119 meters)
341 feet (104 meters)
767 feet (234 meters)
Pay and Display
May 26th 2012 Duration 2h 30m
A popular (two tea shop) walk, from Calton Lees car park up through a valley heavily populated with Pheasant to Calton Houses, across Chatsworth Park to Edensor, then on towards Chatsworth House and back along the River Derwent to the start point. This walk includes the highest stile I have yet to encounter, and a very confusing way marker!
The B6102 Baslow to Rowsley road goes through Chatsworth Park. To reach Baslow take the A619 Bakewell - Chesterfield road or the A623 Chapel-en-le-Frith to Chesterfield road. Rowsley lies on the A6 between Bakewell and Matlock. For those with Sat-Nav the postcode for the Garden Centre is given n the information block above. To reach the car park follow the signs for Chatsworth Garden Centre and Carlton Lees, the car park is on the right immediately after leaving the B6102. There is plenty of parking space for vehicles large and small at Calton Lees, the cost is currently £2.00 per day paid on entry at a wooden kiosk, at peak times additional parking space is opened on a large grass bank. I have yet to see this car park full even on the busiest of days.
The Walk:Exiting the car park via the pay kiosk, turn right and walk the length of the car park, at his point the first of the tea rooms is to be found by taking the left fork of the road down to the Garden Center in which the Tea Room is located. I tend to visit after the walk, and changing out of my walking boots. The walk route continues along the road ahead with the Garden Center wall to the left. At the wnd of the wall the road curves right in front of some cottages continue to follow the road until it cuts way sharply to the left signposted Rowsley. Do not follow the road as this route takes the gated bridleway directly ahead indicated by a small blue arrow way marker. Pass through the gate and continue along the track for around three-quarters of a mile. The path climbs steadily with a stream and ravine on the left and pasture to the right, this valley is heavily populated with Pheasant, so don't be too surprised if birds run across the track in front of you as you walk, or peer at you menacingly from the pasture.
At the top of the valley, the track switched back on it's self as the track steepens on the approach into Calton Houses. Just before the gate in into Calton Houses, there is a rudimentary bench should you choose to stop and take in the view or rest a while after the steady climb.
Walk along the track through Calton Houses with the derelict Calton Barn (marked for restoration) to the right and garden walls to the left, the track soon narrows to a footpath through a wooded area still climbing steadily as it goes. At the top of the footpath there is a wooden gate, go through the gate into an area of open grassland, follow the footpath along the wall to the right of the gate, note the rather confusing way marker to be found at this point, what the image above does not show is that there are more blue arrow plaques on the other side of the post. After a short distance the path bears left up the slope away from the wall to cross another path at right angles in the middle of the meadow. Quite often at this point birds of prey can seen hovering above the field and nearby barn, occasionally stooping to catch prey (probably mice). Follow the path across the field to the gate in the wall to the left of the barn. Beyond the gate the path is wide but a but rough under foot. Passing through a stretch of woodland the highest point of the walk is around a third of the way along this track. The track ends at a tall gate and the highest ladder stile I have yet come across any where, this barrier is the boundary of the grounds of Chatsworth Estate. Although the image does not show it too well the gate in the picture is over 6ft (2m) tall. Personally I use the gate! Once through the gate, or over the stile there are some benches to enjoy the views of Chatsworth House and the Hunting Tower in the distance.|
Follow the path forward and head to just to the left of the fenced plantation of trees, (stags can often be seen there during the rutting season), from this plantation the spire of Edensor church is clearly visible in the distance. Continue forward along the path until it forks, then follow the track to the right down the slope towards Chatsworth House and Edensor village.
On reaching the wall of village walk continue along the track towards the road and enter Edensor via the main gate or cattle grid. Walking into Edensor it is noticeable that there seems a a great range of building styles present; Norman to Jacobean, Swiss-style to Italian villas, all can be seen in the village. Just in front of the church where the road forks there is a small sign at ground level pointing left to the tea rooms. The Edensor Tea Room (see image top of page) is to be found by taking the first turn on the left into a short cul-de-sac off Japp Lane. Seating is available both inside and outside of the tea room, as a popular venue with both walkers and visitors to Chatsworth in general, it can become very busy on fine day's.
After enjoying the fine refreshments and exploring the mix of architecture that is Edensor, leave via the main gate and cattle grid, cross the B6102, this road can become quite busy so take care when crossing. Having crossed the road follow the broad path directly ahead and up the slope. Shortly after passing the crest of the hill Chatsworth House and the River Derwent will again come into view, continue along the path down to the river bridge.
|From the bridge take the rough path to the right of the bridge towards the river, at the bottom of the slope there are two choices, firstly there is a path along the river bank, or a more direct path across the meadow to some rustic steps in the distance. These two paths converge at the foot of the rustic steps. At this point there is again the choice of two routes; firstly up the steps and over the hill, or continue along the river bank, the path along the river bank is rather rough and strewn with tree roots, and at one point a portion of the path has slipped into the river, even so it is quite easy to follow and walk. Once again the paths converge near a small wooded area and a weir, the path then continues along the river to a second weir. From the second wier continue to the disused estate corn mill, bear right and follow the path up the slope to a set of small stone steps. around three-quarters of the way up||
|the slope there is a path that bears to the left and a five bar gate which seems to offer better access to the car-park, unfortunately this gate does not open should you go that way you will have to traverse the top of the slope back to the set of stone steps. At top of the steps cross the busy B6102 once more and pass through a gate, the entrance to Calton Lees car park is mediately ahead, and the walk has returned to it's start point.|
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