BIRCHEN EDGE
A PHOTOGRAPHIC WALKING WEBSITE by NEIL HASLEWOOD
Birchen Edge - 18th October 2008
WALK STATISTICS
Date 18th October 2008 Description Birchen Edge
Start Point Robin Hood Peaks Climbed Birchen Edge 310m
Total Time 5hrs 55min    
Walking Time 4hrs 15min    
Stopped Time 1hrs 40min    
Distance 10.90 miles    
Moving Average 2.6 mph Start Grid Ref SK 28027 72131
Elevation at Start 215 metres Temperature 10-14°C
Total Ascent 615 metres Weather Mainly sunny - cloudy start/finish
Max Elevation 335 metres Walking With No One
WALK NOTES

Robin Hood - Birchen Edge - Three Ships - Nelsons Monument - Wellingtons Monument - Eagle Stone - Baslow Edge - Curbar Gap - Curbar Edge - Froggat Edge - Froggatt Bridge - River Derwent - Calver Marshes Wildlife Reserve - Calver - Curbar - Below Baslow Edge - Wellingtons Monument - Jack Flat - Below Gardoms Edge - Three Men - Robin Hood

The walk today started from the Robin Hood Inn on the A619 two miles east of Baslow. The weather forecast was promising but started and ended in cloud. From the car park I walked a few metres down the road before taking the path on the left up and on to Birchen Edge.

The walk today started from the Robin Hood Inn on the A619 two miles east of Baslow. The weather forecast was promising but started and ended in cloud. From the car park I walked a few metres down the road before taking the path on the left up and on to Birchen Edge. After a short distance I arrived at Nelson’s Monument. The gritstone monument consists of a column with a ball on top. It was erected in 1810 by a local businessman in honour of Lord Nelson. Near to Nelsons Monument were the Three Ships which are three large stone boulders bearing the names of Nelson's ships (Victory, Defiance and Royal Sovereign).

Continuing along the ridge I reached Birchen Edge (310m) triangulation pillar (S2154). After a short break I left Birchen Edge and descended down across moorland to the A621 Sheffield road. I then took Clodhall Lane for a short distance before taking the track/permissive path to Wellingtons Monument. There were several Highland Cattle around here. Wellingtons Monument erected in 1866 is dedicated to the Duke of Wellington to celebrate his victory at the battle of Waterloo in 1815. It was erected by Doctor Wrench who was a local man. Close by to the monument and standing next to a moorland path is the Eagle Stone. This is a great weathered rock of gritstone and legend has it that it was once a test of manhood for young men living in nearby villages who had to climb the rock before they could marry.

Leaving the Eagle Stone I walked along Baslow Edge to Curbar Gap. The views across to the west and north were great. I then walked along Curbar Edge as far as Froggatt Edge and then descended down through woodland to the A625. There were quite a few rock climbers on Curbar and Froggatt Edges. The path then continued across a field and woodland down to Froggatt Bridge. Here I joined the path alongside the River Derwent as far as New Bridge. Just before the bridge is a very interesting nature reserve. From the bridge I continued walking alongside the River Derwent and “The Goit” to Calver Marshes Wildlife Reserve, Stocking Farm, Calver Mill and the village craft centre. It was getting quite warm in the sun at this point. I crossed the Baslow road and ascended up the minor road opposite by the side of the church to Curbar village. After the village I sat down on a bench to look back down into the valley where I had been not long ago. My return leg of the walk followed the path below Baslow Edge. It was now starting to get cloudy again. After passing some more Highland Cattle and below Wellingtons Monument this time I continued past Jack Flat, crossed the main A621 Sheffield road, walked beneath Gardoms Edge, by the “Three Men” rocky outcrop, and across moorland back to the A619 and the Robin Hood pub. This walk was almost 11 miles but had lots of varying and lovely scenery.

PROFILE
REFERENCE

Reference Books Used

None
Maps Used
OL24 Explorer - The Peak District (White Peak Area)
MAP 1 - OVERVIEW (More Maps Below)
© Crown Copywright. All rights reserved. Licence number 100047125
PHOTOGRAPHS
Near Robin Hood from Birchen Edge
Path through Bracken onto Birchen Edge
North West from Birchen Edge
Nelsons Monument and Three Ships on Birchen Edge
Nelsons Monument and Three Ships on Birchen Edge
MAP 2 - DETAILED

© Crown Copywright. All rights reserved. Licence number 100047125
PHOTOGRAPHS
Three Ships
Nelsons Monument
Nelsons Monument
Nelsons Monument
Birchen Edge Triangulation Pillar
Birchen Edge Triangulation Pillar
Birchen Edge Triangulation Pillar
Birchen Edge Triangulation Pillar
Birchen Edge Triangulation Pillar
Birchen Edge Triangulation Pillar
Birchen Edge
Wood below Birchen Edge
Wood below Birchen Edge
A lonely tree below Birchen Edge
Boards across boggy path near Birchen Edge
Looking towards "The Edges" from Birchen
Looking towards "The Edges" from Birchen
Wellingtons Monument
Concessionary path to Wellingons Monument
Highland Cow near Wellingtons Monument
Wellingtons Monument
Wellingtons Monument
Wellingtons Monument
Eagle Stone
Calver & Curbar from Baslow Edge
Baslow Edge
Eagle Stone from Baslow Edge
Calver & Curbar from Baslow Edge
Calver & Curbar from Baslow Edge
Baslow Edge
Baslow Edge
Baslow Edge
Baslow Edge
Baslow Edge
Baslow Edge
MAP 3 - DETAILED

© Crown Copywright. All rights reserved. Licence number 100047125
PHOTOGRAPHS
Curbar Edge from Baslow Edge
Path to Curbar Gap
Stoney Middleton and Quarry from Curbar Edge
Climber on Curbar Edge
Climber on Curbar Edge
Curbar Edge
Path on Curbar Edge
Curbar Edge
Towards Froggatt Edge from Curbar Edge
Towards Froggatt Edge from Curbar Edge
Path to Froggatt Edge
Path to Froggatt Edge
Climber on Froggatt Edge
Climbers on Froggatt Edge
Bee Wood
Bee Wood
Froggatt Bridge over River Derwent
Autumn colours
River Derwent near New Bridge
Stocking Farm
Calver Mill Gallery
Calver Church
Entering National Trust and at Curbar Gap
Path at Curbar Gap
Path near Curbar Gap with Curbar Edge
Curbar Edge
Looking back to Curbar Edge
Looking back to Curbar Edge
Paths lead in every direction!!
Highland Cattle below Baslow Edge
Calver Marshes Wildlife Project Info Sign
Wellingtons Monument

Copyright © 2008 Peak and Fell Walking. All rights reserved.
Design by: www.walkthelakes.co.uk