During our three night pit-stop on our way home from Northumberland Hoover and I visited the dazzling Curbar Edge in The Peak District National Park. The landscape here is just stunning with views across the River Derwent and far beyond.
The best place to park is at Curbar Gap car park (map) (streetview) however on busy days people also park on the verge on the hill approaching the car park (when coming from the direction of the village of Curbar). Once parked you have options: you can either follow the footpath from the car park and walk along the top of Curbar Edge, or you can cross the road and walk along Baslow Edge.
If you choose Curbar Edge you should continue along the trail, which follows the top of the ridge. This route provides fantastic views of the Peak District countryside as well as a great view of the village of Curbar.
You can follow this route all the way to the village of Froggatt where you will find The Chequers Inn, a traditional 16th-century pub. We didn’t get as far as The Chequers as we didn’t have time for lunch. Dogs are not permitted inside but they are welcome in the pub’s woodland garden, and a full menu is served inside and outside.
If you prefer a ’round trip’ then rather than returning whence you came there is an alternative return leg, creating a good round trip. A clear map of this is shown on the National Trust website (NTmap). This route takes in the doggy-friendly Grouse Inn (Website), which was recommended to me more than once during my visit.
If you choose to go in the opposite direction then simply cross the road and walk along Baslow Edge: you will also be rewarded with spectacular views, and you can walk to The Eagle Stone (map), and Wellington’s Monument.
Whichever way you choose to walk, and whether you want a short stroll just to see the highlights. or a decent six-mile ramble via a pub lunch, you wont be disappointed…just so long as you love wonderful scenery…