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A red deer stag bellowing among the autumnal bracken at Longshaw, with a view of the open countryside in the background and a bare tree on the left
A red deer stag at Longshaw | © National Trust Images / Adam Kirkland
The Peak District & Derbyshire

Frogatt, Curbar and White Edge red deer circular walk

A picturesque moorland route taking in Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge and White Edge. There are views across the expanse of Big Moor, a chance to spot its famous red deer and even the option to take a break halfway round for a pint and some pub grub.

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Barbecues and campfires are not permitted in the area. Please take your litter home with you as this can also pose a fire risk, along with its impact on the environment and wildlife.

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Curbar Gap car park, grid ref: SK262747

Step 1

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

Step 2

When the track forks, take the right towards Sandyford Brook. Cross the bridge over the brook, with the dry-stone-walled fields on your left.

Step 3

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

Male adder coiled up in leaf litter with tongue flicking at Sheringham Park, Norfolk
A male adder | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

Step 4

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. Many corn and textile mills were built here and you may find remnants of discarded millstones that give the stone its common name, millstone grit.

Step 5

Make a quick detour to the trig point on your right for a great place to spot deer as you take in views across the expanse of Big Moor, with the old Barbrook Reservoir in the background. Back on the path, continue for some distance along White Edge to the hole in the wall.

Step 6

Turn left at the hole in the wall, where a disused dry-stone wall leads from here through fields down to the Grouse Inn pub.

Purple heather on Dunwich Heath and Beach, Suffolk
The vibrant hues of flowering heather | © National Trust Images/Henry Pisarski

Step 7

The next section of the route leads you across the fields behind the National Trust car park at Haywood.

Step 8

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

Step 9

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 – you can see the remains of a small ancient stone circle on your left, with one central stone around a metre high.

Step 10

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

A climber between two rock formations at Froggatt Edge, Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire
Climbing the rocks at Froggatt Edge, Derbyshire | © National Trust Images/Tom Harman

Step 11

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

End point

Curbar Gap car park, grid ref: SK262747

Trail map

Map of a circular walk around Froggatt, Curbar and White Edge in Derbyshire
Map of a circular walk around Froggatt, Curbar and White Edges in Derbyshire | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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