GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Birchen Edge Walk

2 miles (2.5 km)

Climb to this gritstone edge and enjoy wonderful views over the Derwent Valley in the Peak District. You can start the walk from the Robin Hood pub car park just to the south of Birchen Edge. From here you can pick up the footpaths to take you across the gritstone edge to the wonderful view point where you will find Nelson's Monument. Next to this are three boulders carved with the names of three of Nelson's ships:Victory,DefianceandRoyal Soverin.It's a splendid spot with interesting rock formations and fabulous views over the surrounding area.
Just to the west you'll find Gardom's Edge. A public footpath runs past it towards Eagle Stone and Baslow Edge. This is a good option if you'd like to further explore this geologically fascinating area. You should see lots of rock climbers as you go.
Birchen Edge is located very close to the splendid Chatsworth Park. Here you'll find 1000 acres of parkland to explore with views of the River Derwent, woodland trails and fallow deer. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way also passes nearby Baslow so you can enjoy a riverside stroll through the area.
Also nearby is the spectacular Curbar Edge which has more interesting rock formations and expansive views of the Eastern Moors.


DE45 1PS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Birchen Edge OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Birchen Edge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


At the start of the walk there's the Robin Hood Inn for some post walk refreshments. The family friendly pub serves good quality food and also has a free parking area and a spacious garden. They are dog friendly.
Head west into Baslow village and there's The Prince of Wales to consider. The friendly pub does very good food and includes a roaring fire for winter days. In warmer weather you can relax on the Terrace garden and enjoy fine views of the surrounding hills. You can find the pub on Church Lane at a postcode of DE45 1RY for your sat navs. The inn is also dog friendly if you have your pet with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking head north west and visit Baslow Edge. Here you'll find another monument to one of Great Britain's historical heroes in the shape of the Wellington Monument.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Birchen Edge - - 1245449

Rock climbers on Birchen Edge, near Nelson's Monument.

The 'Three Ships' Birchen Edge - - 1143134

The 'Three Ships'. Walkers pose on top of these splendid rock formations on a clear spring day.

Below Birchen Edge - - 104396

Below Birchen Edge. A great winter's day.

Weathered rock on Birchen Edge - - 551403

These rocks mark the southern end of the rocky cliff part of Birchen Edge which is a mecca for rock climbers.

Robin Hood Inn - - 3499012

Robin Hood Inn

View towards Baslow - - 888362

View towards Baslow


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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