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 (no jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers (if could be wet)
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
- Walking boots (some areas are rough and uneven so boots providing good ankle support recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in boggy areas.) No Trainers.
- Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We will have a couple of food stops whilst out on the hill.
- Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief etc and any personal medication)
- Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag
- Money for car park fees and a possible visit to a cafe
- Optional additions: gaiters and/or walking poles if you use them