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Birchen Edge

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Birchen Edge
Author: ptruman, Published: 01 Jan 2010 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guidestar1 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guidestar1 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guidestar1 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guidestar1 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide
Derbyshire, Dark Peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Birchen Edge
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide boot Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide
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A relatively easy walk with relatively little steep uphill involved but one that still delivers excellent views, visits three gritstone edges and a good tour of several Peak District features - Nelson's Monument, the Three Ships and Eagle Stone.

Birchen Edge is another gem of a gritstone edge, but I admit I have an affection for all of them and will wax lyrical about each and every part. Birchen Edge stands above the Robin Hood public house on the A619 Baslow to Chesterfield road. Gardom's Edge is a more subtle structure surrounded in woodland below Birchen Edge and towards Baslow.

The views from Birchen Edge across the Derwent Valley are wide and far. The rewards far exceed the effort needed to see them as the route up Birchen Edge is a stroll and involves little ascent, so a good one for those who want a great view with little effort!
The rock formation along the top known as the "Three Ships" after their names carved onto them are good for scrambling or climbing. These three pieces of exposed and weathered gritstone are named after three ships in Lord Nelson's fleet - "Royal Soverin" (yes, that's how it is carved in the rock), "Defiant" and "Victory". There's also Nelson's Monument which was erected on the top of Birchen Edge to commemorate the great Admiral after his death in 1805. It should be noted that this monument was erected decades before the column in London's Trafalgar Square! It will come as no surprise that many of the climbing routes along Birchen Edge have related names - Nautical Crack, Mast Gulley, Half Nelson, Trafalgar Wall and so on.
On Baslow Edge there is Wellington's Monument, dedicated to the Duke of Wellington and his victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This was erected by E.M. Wrench in 1866 who wanted to provide some balance with Nelson's Monument on the nearby Birchen Edge.
Eagle Stone is a well weathered block of gritstone standing towards the eastern end of Baslow Edge. This appears to be steeped in local folklore, the most oft quoted example being that local men had to climb this to demonstrate their prowess before they could be eligible to marry.

The start of the walk is the Robin Hood public house on the A619 Baslow to Chesterfield Road. Approximate post code DE45 1PQ. Do note that the car park at the Robin Hood gets very busy indeed with walkers and climbers at weekends, but there is often an overflow into an adjacent field.

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Robin Hood to Birchen Edge
Robin Hood to Birchen Edge

Start: OS ref SK280722
End: OS ref SK278731

Start point: 53.2461 lat, -1.5813 long
End point: 53.2542 lat, -1.5845 long

From the car park walk up the B6050 road until you get to the gate beyond the house on the left hand side. Turn left onto this path and head through the woodland. This footpath continues up to Birchen Edge and runs along its base, but take the right hand fork to go up to the top almost immediately. Then turn left along the path amongst the heather towards the three large rocks (known as the Three Ships) and Nelson's Monument. The names Victory, Defiance and Royal Soverin are carved into these.

Walk along the top of the edge enjoying the views over towards Chatsworth and along the Derwent Valley to get to the trig point at the end of Birchen Edge.

Birchen Edge to Baslow Edge
Birchen Edge to Baslow Edge

Start: OS ref SK278731
End: OS ref SK261735

Start point: 53.2542 lat, -1.5845 long
End point: 53.2586 lat, -1.6094 long

From Birchen Edge follow the steep path down to the field below (Leash Fen) and turn right to walk north across it aiming for the road junction. It can be quite boggy across here even in summer.

Cross the A621 Sheffield Road and walk along the Curbar Road until you reach the gate on the left hand side. Go through the gate and follow the track (restricted byway) up to Wellington's Monument and Baslow Edge.

As you walk along this path you will get glimpses of Gardom's Edge to your left (east), a rather less distinct gritstone edge than many others.You might like to take a quick detour to the right to see Eagle Stone and attempt to climb it!

Baslow Edge to Robin Hood
Baslow Edge to Robin Hood

Start: OS ref SK261735
End: OS ref SK280722

Start point: 53.2586 lat, -1.6094 long
End point: 53.2461 lat, -1.5813 long

Continue walking along Baslow Edge until you reach a left fork which is a footpath to drop down through the trees towards the Sheffield Road.

Take this left fork and walk down through old woodland and then down past a house, over the bridge and up the track to the road. Cross over and go up the path just to the left of the house opposite.

Follow this path up through the trees and out into the open. The views from the gateposts here are marvellous looking out across the Chatsworth Estate.

Simply follow the path down the field below to get to a stile over the stone wall by the road, then turn left to walk back up the road to the Robin Hood.

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13 images to "Birchen Edge"

44_0ptruman1263675753 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
In the woods approaching Birchen Edge from the Robin Hood
44_1ptruman1263675753 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Climbers on Birchen Edge, looking across to Dobb Edge and Chatsworth
44_2ptruman1263675753 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Three Ships on Birchen Edge
44_3ptruman1263675754 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
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Nelson's Monument on Birchen Edge
44_4ptruman1263675754 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
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The Trig point at the northern end of Birchen Edge
44_0ptruman1263678126 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
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Birchen Edge and Nelson's Monument from the path running below.
44_0ptruman1263678547 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
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Edale Mountain Rescue Team rescuing a climber who fell and injured his pelvis. He was airlifted to hospital in Sheffield. April 2009.
44_1ptruman1263678547 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
From the track walking towards Baslow Edge
44_2ptruman1263678547 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
A glimpse of Gardom's Edge
44_3ptruman1263678548 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
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Wellington's Monument on Baslow Edge
44_4ptruman1263678548 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Bridge over the river in valley between Baslow Edge and Sheffield Road
44_0ptruman1263678712 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Looking across to Dobb Edge from the end of Gardom\'s Edge.
44_1ptruman1263678712 Birchen Edge Derbyshire walking guide Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Horses in field adjacent to Gardom's Edge.

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