Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Day 31 Tuesday - Baslow to North Lees nr Bamford

Walking 8.30am to 3.35pm
Distance walked today 10 miles
Total distance walked 442
Distance left 610

A short day today, partly on account of available overnight stops and the need to replenish lunches for the next couple of days.

The nice lady at last night's stop kindly offered to charge my phone. I packed up in the light rain this morning and cut through the farmyard to join the nearby footpath below Gardom's Edge leading to the A621. Crossing this, I climbed up through some woodland alongside a private house with amazing landscaped gardens.

I climbed up through the woodland in the direction of Wellington's Monument (which I didn't actually see) to join the bridleway along the exposed Baslow Edge, continuing along Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge.

Curbar Edge

To avoid walking along the A625 at this point, I followed paths through woodland (marked on the map as The Haywood) and then went back to the A625 for a hundred yards to enter the National Trust Longshaw Estate along a clear track. After a mile or so, I came to an NT tearoom and shop and had a pot of tea and some tuna and mayo sandwiches for lunch - very nice.

Burbage Brook

Over the road, I took the path through woodland signposted Burbage Brook and, reaching the A6187 at Toad's Mouth, I took the path down to Mitchell Field Farm and then headed down into Hathersage. On the way, the right of way through the grounds of a sizeable house. The gate is probably the only one I'll encounter that opens at the press of a button.

Food having been bought, I went off to find North Lees Campsite, operated by Peak District National Park. It's a sizeable site and I thought I had it to myself but, on an exploratory walk around, I discovered a small tent tucked away behind a wall.

North Lees campsite

The loo and showers are very clean and I'm told that the site is open all year round. I'm very impressed.


  1. My little tribe stayed in at North Lees last year - very friendly and quiet, but windy.

  2. This is very useful, thank you.