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The Route - Kilometre 102 to 120

Kilometre 102 (Mile 64) Winster

As the road approaches Winster there is a church on the right. This church is worthy of a visit.

At this point the road turns right and gets very narrow. It then turns left (you have right of way) and you are now in the centre of Winster.

Winster was once a market town with a weekly market. Nowadays, it is only a village, but it holds a market on summer bank holidays.

Thirteen ghosts are known to the current inhabitants of Winster and, in 2006, a film crew will be immortalising the tales of murder, lovers' suicide pacts and phantoms for a wider audience before all knowledge is lost of this haunting Peak village.

It holds many events throughout the year, such as the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake race. It is believed that the Winster Pancake Race started in the 1930s but was suspended during World War II. It restarted in the 1950s and has been an annual event ever since. The 2006 race was open to all ages with categories for toddlers, playgroup, reception, young women, mothers, fathers, pensioners and many more!

The Winster Wakes are a week of festivities which takes place at the end of June.

View from Car200 metre along the main road through Winster, on the right, is the Market House. Its ground floor was built in the 16th century and the top floor in the 17th. The National Trust now owns the top floor and it is open from April to October daily. This was the first property that the National Trust acquired in Derbyshire (in 1906). It is very easy to spot the building as it stands out on the right as you drive through Winster.

Continue through Winster and the village of Wensley.

View from CarAfter leaving Wensley the road goes downhill giving superb views of the moors on the far side of the valley.

Continue through to the far end of the next village and over the River Derwent.

Kilometre 106 (Mile 66) Darley Bridge

Refreshment can be obtained at the Square and Compass on the right or a rest at the picnic site just after it. The Square and Compass has a small car park after it on the right, and does a good variety of bar food.

400 metres after the Square and Compass, go across the cross roads, past Peak Rail's Darley Dale station, and in a few hundred metres the A6 is reached, Turn left onto the A6, (heading north towards Buxton and Manchester).

After 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) on the A6, the A6 makes a 90 degree left turn. At this junction, continue straight on along the B6012, which is signposted to Baslow and Sheffield. Chatsworth Park is entered 3 kilometres later (2 miles) after crossing the River Derwent by a narrow pack horse bridge, which is controlled by traffic lights.

The building on the left, by the bridge, was once a tollhouse.

Kilometre 114 (Mile 71) Chatsworth - Calton Lees

The Park is private land belonging to the Duke of Devonshire, but there are parking facilities which are located in two areas. The first area, Calton Lees, is on the left just before crossing the cattle grid. The other is at Chatsworth House itself. Parking is not permitted along the road side, but the public is permitted free range over much of the park.

View from CarJust after the cattle grid, on the right, by the River Derwent is a derelict building containing a waterwheel. This Old Corn Mill was built in 1760 and last ground corn in 1950.

In a further 1.3 kilometres (0.8 miles) turn off to the right for Chatsworth House.

Kilometre 116 (Mile 72) Chatsworth House

Clock FaceChatsworth House and its gardens (designed by Capability Brown) are well worth a visit. The car park costs £1.50 (in 2005) and it opens from Easter to December and has a variety of attractions. More details on Chatsworth.

After leaving Chatsworth House car park, return to the B6012, turning right to Sheffield, North, and M1. Then after 200 metres, turn left, through the white gates, into the village of Edensor (50 metres).

Kilometre 118 (Mile 73) Edensor

The original village of Edensor spoilt the view of the 4th Duke of Devonshire. So he moved it! More details of Edensor.

Return back to the B6012 and turn left onto it, to leave Chatsworth Park. Then, follow the road signs to Baslow.

After 800 metres (0.5 miles) there is a fork in the road. The B6012 to Baslow, which is not well signposted, is the right hand fork.

In another 1.3 kilometres (0.8 miles) the road is joined by the A619. Follow the signs towards Chesterfield and Sheffield.

View from CarJust after this junction (from left to right) Curbar Edge and Baslow Edge can be seen to the right of front.

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