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Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate

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Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate
Author: mumnpets, Published: 10 Feb 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate Walking Guidestar1 Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate Walking Guidestar1 Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate Walking Guidestar1 Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate Walking Guidestar1 Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate Walking Guide
Derbyshire, White Peak
Walk Type: Garden or park
Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate Walking Guide boot Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate Walking Guide boot Calton Lees and Chatsworth Estate Walking Guide
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A circular walk starting from the Calton Lees Car Park, located on the Chatsworth House Estate. The walk takes you over farmland, up over moorland and along the quiet wooded lanes of the Chatsworth Estate.

Chatsworth is one of the most elegant and popular of England's stately homes and is surrounded by parkland, moors and a backdrop of wooded hillsides and also stands on the banks of the River Derwent. It was first opened to the public in 1844 and continues to attract large numbers of visitors every year to the house, gardens, farm and parkland. Building of the house was started in 1549 when Sir William Cavendish acquired the land. He died before it was completed and it was finished by his widow, Bess of Hardwick, She also commissioned the magnificent Elizabethan house of Hardwick Hall. Chatsworth has now been home to generations of the Cavendish family and is the seat of the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

On the walk you will need to negotiate several gates and a few wall stiles.The steps down below the Hunting Tower are very steep and uneven and can be slippery if wet. Some sections of the walk could be boggy especially after wet weather. Care should be taken with dogs at all times as the Chatsworth Estate has free roaming livestock. Toilets and refreshments are available in the Garden Centre and also at Chatsworth House courtyard. The correct map for the walk is Explorer OL24 White Peak.

The B6012 Baslow to Rowsley road goes through Chatsworth Park. To reach Baslow take the A619 Bakewell - Chesterfield road or the A623 Chapel-en-le-Frith to Chesterfield road. There is parking at Calton Lees Car Park at the south end of the park, near the garden centre (charges apply). The appropriate post code is DE4 2NX.

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Walk Sections

Start to Left Turn
Start to Left Turn

Start point: 53.2125 lat, -1.6138 long
End point: 53.2123 lat, -1.608 long

From the car park, follow the road to the right (walking towards the garden centre). Just before reaching the entrance to the garden centre, turn left and follow the rough path down through the trees onto the B6012. Turn right towards Beeley. Cross the River Derwent via the narrow stone bridge and continue along the main road (please take care as this can be a very busy road). As soon as is safe to do so, cross the road and continue along the grass verge. As the road bends right, turn left along a narrow lane.

Left Turn to Wall Stile
Left Turn to Wall Stile

Start point: 53.2123 lat, -1.608 long
End point: 53.2125 lat, -1.5961 long

Ignore the left turn into the drive of the gatehouse, instead take the next immediate left along the side of the gatehouse and continue uphill. Follow this lane for about half a mile, as it gradually ascends the hill until you reach Beeley Hilltop Farm. On reaching a way-marker post on the left, cross over the wall stile.

Wall Stile to Two Gates
Wall Stile to Two Gates

Start point: 53.2125 lat, -1.5961 long
End point: 53.213 lat, -1.5944 long

Follow the well-trodden path heading north-east across the field to reach a gate in the wall ahead. Go through the gate and almost immediately go through a second gate.

Two Gates to High Wall Stile
Two Gates to High Wall Stile

Start point: 53.213 lat, -1.5944 long
End point: 53.2185 lat, -1.5965 long

Continue on the clear path that climbs gently across the moorland. (Note: the path has boggy sections during wet weather and is sometimes rocky underfoot). Near the top, go through a wooden gate. As this path meets a wider track, go left and cross the wall into the Chatsworth Estate via a high wall stile.

High Wall Stile to Hunting Tower
High Wall Stile to Hunting Tower

Start point: 53.2185 lat, -1.5965 long
End point: 53.2321 lat, -1.6032 long

Follow the path through the trees until you reach a crossroads. Go straight ahead and follow the track as it passes the Swiss Lake on the right and then, further along, loops around the Emperor Lake on the left. Continuing along the track, you will come to another faint crossroads (look for the telegraph pole on the left). Turn left here. Follow the track to the Hunting Tower (approximately 1.5 miles in total from the first crossroads to the tower).

Hunting Tower to Stone Steps
Hunting Tower to Stone Steps

Start point: 53.2321 lat, -1.6032 long
End point: 53.2318 lat, -1.605 long

The path loops to the left around the tower. Here, on a clear day, there are great views to be admired. From the front of the tower go down a flight of wooden steps and cross the road to follow a steeply stepped path downhill. There are many very steep and slightly uneven stone steps, so please take care and use the chain handrail provided. (Note:If you wish to avoid the steep steps simply follow the road as it winds down to Chatsworth House car park and pick up the directions from there).

Stone Steps to Road
Stone Steps to Road

Start point: 53.2318 lat, -1.605 long
End point: 53.2298 lat, -1.6063 long

On reaching the bottom walk around a large tree, turning left, then right, then left again to follow the grassy path which leads you to the road.

Road to Chatsworth Car Park
Road to Chatsworth Car Park

Start point: 53.2298 lat, -1.6063 long
End point: 53.2291 lat, -1.6087 long

Turn right along the road and follow it as it bends left, passing Chatsworth Farm Park on the right. As you reach a metal gate on the right, go through it and continue down until you reach the car park for Chatsworth House. If you wish you can visit the house, gardens and café and toilets are also available here (charges apply).

Chatsworth Car Park to Bridge
Chatsworth Car Park to Bridge

Start point: 53.2291 lat, -1.6087 long
End point: 53.2282 lat, -1.616 long

To continue on the walk, keep the house on the left and walk downhill following a path below the car park. Queen Mary’s Bower is over on the right, said to be a favourite place of relaxation for Mary Queen of Scots when she was held captive at Chatsworth. Her coat of arms can be seen over the gateway. Go through a wooden gate and then cross the stone bridge over the river.

Bridge to Wooden Steps
Bridge to Wooden Steps

Start point: 53.2282 lat, -1.616 long
End point: 53.2225 lat, -1.6166 long

At the end of the bridge turn left and follow the grassy path across the parkland. The river is over on the left, as is a great view of Chatsworth House. (Note: this field becomes very boggy after wet weather). Head across the field towards a flight of wooden steps, climb these and continue along the path with a copse of trees on the left.

Wooden Steps to Mill
Wooden Steps to Mill

Start point: 53.2225 lat, -1.6166 long
End point: 53.2153 lat, -1.6131 long

The path soon starts to veer right, away from the river as you follow the path skirting around a grassy mound on the right. As you re-join the river the fast flowing weir is on the left. Head towards the old derelict mill.

Mill to End
Mill to End

Start point: 53.2153 lat, -1.6131 long
End point: 53.2148 lat, -1.6145 long

Walk to the left of the mill and then turn right to follow the path steeply uphill. At the top, climb a short flight of steps to reach and cross the road (Note: this is the main road through the estate and can be very busy so please take care when crossing). Turn left, going through a gate, and follow the path back to the car park and the end of the walk.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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Hilltop Farm
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