Red deer and edges walk

Walking trail

We’re finding that popular spots like Longshaw and the Eastern Moors are getting extremely busy, especially at weekends. We expect our car parks to fill up very quickly on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, so we encourage people to plan ahead and check our social media channels for updates and visit at quieter times. This will help us keep our places safe and enjoyable for everyone. We ask that all visitors please park safely and considerately in designated spaces and not on roads or grass verges, as this can block access for farm tenants, local residents and emergency services. We also remind people that BBQs/campfires are not permitted and ask everyone to help us look after our beautiful Peak District countryside by taking their litter home with them.

Bring your binoculars to get the best views of the deer

Jointly managed by the National Trust and RSPB as the Eastern Moors Partnership, this landscape is special for the diverse wildlife and is an important place for many people who enjoy walking, climbing, cycling and horse riding.

Two red deer with the moors in the background

Map

Map route for Eastern Moors red deer and Edges walk

Start:

Curbar Gap car park, grid ref: SK262747

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From Curbar Gap car park, head east through a gate on a vehicle track.

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As the track forks, take the right fork towards Sandyford Brook and cross the brook over a bridge, with the drystone walled fields on your left.

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Climb the steep bank, following the wall on your left to the top of the bank and the corner of the wall.

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At the corner of the wall, a well-trodden path leads you north along White Edge. The Gritstone Edges were once extensively quarried for their rough, coarse stone. Remnants of discarded round millstones can be found around the edges, giving the stone its common name, millstone grit. Many corn and textile mills were sited here.

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A deviation to the trig point on the right provides a great place to spot red deer across the expanse of Big Moor, with the redundant Barbrook Reservoir in the background.

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Continue for some distance along White Edge to the hole in the wall. Turning left, a redundant drystone wall leads from here through fields down to the Grouse Inn.

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Have a stop at the Grouse, but don't dally too long, as we are only half-way round. The next section leads you across the fields, behind the National Trust car park at Haywood.

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From Haywood car park, head south across a small brook and carefully cross the main road to a gate opposite that leads to Froggatt Edge.

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A wooded track leads to another gate, preceded by another brook. As the woodland opens out, with views across to the limestone of the White Peak, a small stone circle can be found on the left.

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Follow the track along the full length of Froggatt and Curbar Edges. Once famous for millstones, now known as great places to rock climb.

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At the end of Curbar Edge, a small gate leads back to the car park at Curbar Gap.

End:

Curbar Gap car park, grid ref: SK262747

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Red deer and edges walk

Terrain

There are one or two steep sections and the paths can be narrow and stony in places.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on this route to help protect wildlife and other people from disturbance. 

 No dog bins, so please take dog litter home.

Please look after the places you love and leave no trace of your visit. 

Red deer and edges walk

Contact us

Red deer and edges walk

How to get here

Address
Curbar Gap, Peak District, Derbyshire
By train

Grindleford station 3 miles (4.8km) from Curbar Gap. Also stations at Sheffield and Chesterfield.

By road

From the M1 junction 29, follow the A617 to Chesterfield, then take the A619 to Baslow and turn north on the A623. Turn right at the Bridge Inn at Calver and then turn first right again through Curbar village. The car park is at the top of the hill.

By foot

Calver and Curbar villages are within walking distance, with some steep walking up to Curbar Gap. More gentle approach possible from the south from Baslow along Bar Road and Baslow Edge.

By bus

214 from Sheffield to Calver; 66 from Chesterfield to Baslow and Calver; 170 from Bakewell to Baslow and 175 from Bakewell to Calver.

By bicycle

The route from Baslow is a bridleway and is accessible by mountain bikes for cyclists who would rather not use the roads.

Red deer and edges walk

Facilities and access

  • Longshaw Cafe open daily. Toilets located in this area
  • Parking at Haywood, Wooden Pole and Woodcroft (pay & display). NT members park for free but please remember to bring your membership card with you
  • Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on this route. Please take your dog litter and all other litter home with you