Chatsworth Estate Guided Walk, Peak District
Guided Walking in the Peak District
An easy walk with magnificent views of the Chatsworth Estate in the Peak District
The walk starts from Calton Lees and gently ascends the valley above the hamlet before reaching a wooded ridge. From here we gradually descend walking through the deer park which provides a great opportunity to spot deer and take in views of Chatsworth House. We drop down into the picturesque village of Edensor and then walk over to Chatsworth House. Before we reach the house we pass Queen Mary’s Bower, where it is said the Queen of Scots used to like spending time and exercising whilst imprisoned at Chatsworth.
After passing Chatsworth House we enter Stand Wood which is lovely at this time of year with spring in the air. We will gradually meander through the woods taking in some of the main sights including the impressive Hunting Tower, built in the 1570’s, the Swiss Cottage and The Aqueduct.
The walk now leaves Stand Wood and heads out onto the open moor for a short while before descending to Beeley Hilltop, built in around 1250 and thought to be one of the oldest houses in the region. All that remains now is to descend back down to Calton Lees.
The walk is on good tracks and footpaths and includes some fairly steep steps in one part of Stand Wood and a climb of about 150m (500ft). At any time of year there are likely to be some muddy sections.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (avoid jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers if you have them
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
- Walking boots (route is rough and uneven in places so good ankle support is recommended)
- Warm hat and gloves
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We'll have a couple of food stops on the walk.
- Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief etc and any personal medication)
- Money for car park fees and a possible cafe visit at the end