5 Cur­bar & Frog­gatt

The Peak Dis­trict is rightly fa­mous for its glo­ri­ous grit­stone edges. Jen and Sim Ben­son dis­cover some of the best.

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The Peak Dis­trict was the first of the UK’s Na­tional Parks, des­ig­nated in 1951 fol­low­ing a Mass Tres­pass on Kin­der Scout by lo­cals claim­ing their right to ac­cess open moor­land. Thanks to these early cam­paign­ers it’s now one of the most pop­u­lar places for out­door recre­ation in Eng­land. This walk spends much of its time on high ground, tak­ing in the tops of some of the park’s finest grit­stone edges on clear trails that wind across the windswept moor. This is rock-climb­ing coun­try, and climbers flock from all over the coun­try to pit them­selves against the grit. Frog­gatt alone has nearly 500 graded routes, and nearby Cur­bar is home to the clas­sic HVS ‘The Pea­pod’ – a crack wide enough to wedge an en­tire climber, and there­fore an ex­cel­lent spot for view­ing. Travers­ing the good paths along the top brings you to Baslow Edge and the Welling­ton Mon­u­ment, a 10ft high cross that stands proudly on the hill­side to com­mem­o­rate the Duke of Welling­ton’s vic­tory at the Bat­tle of Water­loo in 1815. It was erected by a lo­cal res­i­dent and army man, Dr Wrench, in 1866 to cel­e­brate a visit by the Duke, or per­haps to coun­ter­bal­ance Ad­mi­ral Nel­son’s memo­rial on nearby Birchen Edge. The fi­nal sec­tion of the walk takes you through the peace­ful Long­shaw Es­tate, a 750 acre stretch of ex­cit­ing and var­ied land­scape, with wood­land, open moor and the Burbage Brook, which tum­bles through pretty Padley Gorge. The café’s good too – a per­fect place to re­fuel and ad­mire the view.

Look­ing north along Cur­bar Edge.

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