20 Bakewell – Hathersage

Bakewell to Hathersage 13.25 miles (21.2Km.)

Monsal Trail

Monsal Trail

Climbing out of Bakewell I pass another, or is it the same, group of backpackers taking a rest on the edge of the golf course.

Edensor

Edensor

It’s impossible to pass through Edensor without admiring this planned picturesque settlement build to enhance the surrounds of Chatsworth House. Over the bridge into the park and more groups of backpackers just setting off from having ‘a rest’. Baslow has the usual tourist shops but wait a while for a real ‘General Store’ on School Lane to stock up on the day’s requisites.

The climb up Bar Road is a good drag so I delayed lunch and sheltered in the old quarry near the top. You have a choice in places to either follow the well worn path and miss the views or follow the actual edge with more of a scramble over the rocks but well worth it. Crossing two minor roads there are cars, parked by those who take the easy route to this location, do they get the same feeling of achievement?

Hathersage from Frogatt Edge

Hathersage from Frogatt Edge

After crossing the B6054 there’s a car park and here I spy another of those dog pamperers. This one is ‘Outward Hound’ and the sign on the van offered, doggy day trips, dog walking, pet sitting, pet taxi for small animals and pets. There must be good money in this service the van was large and new.

Totley Tunnel - 6,230 yards

Totley Tunnel - 6,230 yards

The path down to Grindleford can be difficult to locate. I’d had problems here in the past and did no better on this occasion but it was only a minor hiccup before the cafe at Grindleford station offered a welcome cup of tea.

The final stretch into Hathersage is alongside the river Derwent which has long been controlled by the Derwent, Howden and Ladybower dams these supply drinking water to Derby, Leicester and Nottingham down two massive pipes, the course of which can be followed by the many green metal gates and occasional barrel roofed stone buildings.

Entering Hathersage

Entering Hathersage

Hathersage is the end of book one and 274 miles from Chepstow so is a milestone on The Great English Walk but it may not be quite half way.

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