Red deer and edges walk

Walking trail

The Eastern Edges on Big Moor are the southern part of the Peak District National Park’s iconic dark peak landscape.

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 route for Eastern Moors red deer and Edges walk


Curbar Gap car park, grid ref: SK262747


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


Curbar Gap car park, grid ref: SK262747

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

Dogs welcome. Please keep on lead from 1 Mar to 31 Jul, and under close control at other times. No dog bins, so please take dog litter home.

Red deer and edges walk

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Red deer and edges walk

How to get here

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

  • Toilets, tea-toom and shop located at visitor centre
  • Parking at Haywood, Wooden Pole and Woodcroft (pay & display)
  • Dogs welcome. Please keep on lead from 1 Mar to 31 Jul, and under close control at other times