Climb it

This airy edge de­serves at­ten­tion

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Vis­it­ing the Peak Dis­trict can feel like step­ping into a steam­ing bath at the end of a long day, or be­ing lobbed naked into a freez­ing one – de­pend­ing on how lucky you are with the weather. On a clear day, un­der the wel­come glow of spring sun­shine, it’s mar­vel­lous, not least be­cause of its sharp grit­stone edges.

Cur­bar Edge runs on from Baslow Edge and into Frog­gatt Edge, a rocky es­carp­ment that the path traces al­most to its lip. To one side of you is open moor­land, heather and the oc­ca­sional alarmed grouse. To the other a sheer rocky precipice, wood­land and near end­less view. Turn up early in the morn­ing and the val­ley be­low will likely be blan­keted in cloud, a half in­ver­sion caused by vapour set­tling overnight. But any time of day is well spent ex­plor­ing these edges high above the Peaks. A sooth­ing balm to of­fice-strained souls ev­ery­where.

© JAMES GRANT / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

Cur­bar Edge catch­ing the last of the day’s sun with Baslow Edge just be­yond.

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