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Walk around Baslow

Walk back to the bridge which carries the A619 over the River Derwent. From the downstream side of the bridge, look at the river banks. These are terraced (??? I think there are three terraces ???). Originally, the river was as wide as the highest terrace. Then the land was raised, and the river found a lower course, and became narrower. This left the first terrace literally high and dry. This process was repeated and the next terrace was created.

Continue over the bridge (to end on the west or Chatsworth side), then take the first road on the right. After 200 metres along this road, the river can be re-crossed via a hump back bridge. This used to be a toll bridge and still has the tollhouse.

Turn right, and continue walking towards the church with the spire. Are you able to set your watch by this clock? It does not have any numbers on it. The clock was installed in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

On the top of Baslow Edge, is a 3 metres (10 feet) high cross (SK 262 736), which is a monument to Wellington. It was erected to balance Nelson's Monument (SK 278 731) 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) away. There is an easy walk from the village to Wellington's monument.

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