The forecast was for a cold and sunny few days and so with nothing in the diary we were able to hop in to the ‘van and take a couple of nights in the Peak District to make the most of the fine weather. We stayed at the Caravan and Motorhome Club Chatsworth campsite which is in a peaceful walled area in Chatsworth Park. We gave the stately home a miss and walked through the glorious countryside but if you did want to visit it is very near to the site.
On a sunny and frosty morning we walked out of Chatsworth Estate to Baslow, where after a coffee, we climbed through woodland and out on to the open moorland behind the Robin Hood Pub on to Birchen Edge. These Peak District edges are glorious places to walk, with views over the crags in to the valleys below, I always enjoy the lofty feeling of walking along these distinctive features. On Birchen Edge we passed Nelson’s monument, a tall thin stone pillar on the rocks. This was erected by a local business man thirty years before the more famous monument to Nelson in Trafalgar Square. Our walk took in not one but two of these stunning Derbyshire edges. After a boggy section of moorland we followed the track towards Baslow Edge, finding the Wellington Monument that celebrates the 1815 Waterloo victory. We walked along the top of Baslow Edge and as the sun started to set we returned to our pitch via one of the many paths under the crags.
We also took in a lovely walk around Longstone Moor, a beautiful limestone ridge that is criss-crossed by paths. This area was once a thriving lead mining area but is now a quiet and less visited spot among the bustle of the Peak District. The area around Baslow is lovely but it does get plenty of visitors and finding space to yourself is near to impossible on a fine day. On Longstone Moor we met no other walkers and we had a sense that the space and fresh air was just ours to enjoy. We did find the crowds when we popped in to the Packhorse Inn for a swift half. This charming pub in Little Longstone had welcoming warm fires and is happy to serve walkers with muddy boots.