Four edges and a blue­bell wood

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

JOHN GOODMAN WALK LEADER

THE rugged out­crops on the east­ern flanks of the Der­went Val­ley to the north of Hope in Der­byshire are a dis­tinc­tive fea­ture of the Peak District Na­tional Park, of­fer­ing out­stand­ing views of the sur­round­ing hills.

Some like Frog­gatt Edge with its sheer cliff faces are very pop­u­lar with both climbers and walk­ers.

Four lesser known grit­stone edges, how­ever, were the fo­cus of a re­cent walk by 19 mem­bers of East Cheshire Ram­blers, start­ing from the vil­lage of Calver, once the home of an his­toric cot­ton mill opened in 1778 by one John Gar­dom.

Af­ter cross­ing the River Der­went by Frog­gatt Bridge, the walk­ers climbed the best known of the scarps on the itin­er­ary – Cur­bar Edge – to be com­pen­sated by a cof­fee break perched on top of an ex­posed rocky out­crop look­ing out over Kinder Scout and be­yond.

They then trekked across heath­ery ac­cess land to the less dra­matic White Edge, fol­lowed by a cross­ing of the aptly named Big Moor.

Next came two lesser known but equally re­ward­ing as­cents: firstly, the epony­mous Gar­dom’s Edge, site of a pre­his­toric cup and ring stone, now faith­fully pre­served buried be­neath a replica.

Lunch was taken here ac­com­pa­nied by the rare calls of a cuckoo, be­fore the party en­tered the Chatsworth es­tate to be­gin the last climb of the day, Dobb Edge, which has its own an­cient rock art. Gen­tly de­scend­ing through Chatsworth’s rolling park­land, the group ar­rived in the vil­lage of Baslow where they lin­gered briefly to spot trout from the an­cient Bub­nell Bridge.

The 11-mile walk con­cluded with a beau­ti­ful ridge walk that passed through Bank Wood with its car­pet of blue­bells, be­fore a steep de­scent back into Calver.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion go to ram­blers eastcheshire.org.uk.

●» Leader John Goodman (left) pic­tured with the group on Gar­dom’s Edge

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