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Distance 7.2 kilometres (4.5 miles) 650 feet of ascent. MODERATE
It takes about 40 minutes to reach Wellington's monument, which is the most strenuous part of the walk. After that, the rest of the walk will take about 1 hour 20 minutes(1). The paths are good, and easy to follow.
From the car park, cross the main road (A619) by the pelican crossing adjacent to the Crofters Restaurant. The side road next to the Restaurant is called Eaton Hill. Walk up, and to the end of, Eaton Hill.
At the end of this road, there is a T-junction. Turn right along Bar Road. After 300 metres, this road turns into a track. Continue along this track all the way uphill until Wellington's monument is reached.
Wellington's monument is a 3 metre (10 feet) high cross which commemorates the Duke of Wellington. It was erected to balance Nelson's Monument (SK 278 731) which is 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) away, on Birchen edge, which is the next edge, slightly South of East.
Directly south of the monument is Chatsworth House which is more easily found if the Emperor fountain is operating.
We are now 600 feet above the starting car park, and the last 50 feet of height is very gentle.
From Wellington's Monument, take the left track (heading North West) towards the large wind weathered rock known as Eagle Stone. This is slightly uphill.
Tradition was that Baslow men used to climb Eagle Rock to prove their fitness for the responsibilities of marriage.
Continue along this well worn track until a road is reached. This is known as Curbar Gap. The edge just walked along is Baslow Edge, and the one on the other side of the road is Curbar Edge.
Turn left along the road and go downhill. The first few metres of the road walking does not have a path. After 70 metres of walking down the road, there is a footpath on the left (indicated by a finger post saying FOOTPATH). Climb over the stile and onto the footpath. The land here is owned by the National Trust. Follow the path.
The next stile is 50 metres away and is hidden behind the large tree. The next stile is in the corner of the field. After going through this stile, take the left hand path. This path goes through a gate and onto the Easter Moor Estate. There are several other paths which will cross this footpath, but always continue going straight on. After a while a 5 bar gate is reached. Go through it as the path follows a wall. After a while, the track will double back on its self. This leads down to the farm and is clearly signposted as private land and is not the foot path. So, continue straight on to the stile which can be seen in the corner of the field. Eventually, the last style will be reached. This is where this footpath meets the track which was taken on the uphill journey to Wellington's Monument. Therefore, turn right and go down hill, retracing your steps to the car park.
1. The timings are based on a 9 year old not used to hill walking. There was also an ice-cream stop at Curbar Gap!
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