A stroll along the River Derwent past gardens and through parkland created by 18th century landscape guru Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.
Jap Ln, Edensor, Bakewell DE45 1PH, UK 7 Miles 3 HoursEasy
Paths: Footpaths and forest trails
Landscape: Park, moorland and woodland
Dog Friendliness: Yes but keep on lead near livestock
Parking: Edensor Village
Public toilets: At Chatsworth
From Jap Lane, walk out of Edensor village and cross the B6012, take the footpath at the right-hand side of a large tree. Walk across the parkland to join the main drive to Chatsworth House near a bridge over the River Derwent. Cross over the road and continue on the footpath, walking downhill on the to the riverbank.
Follow the River Derwent past a couple of weirs and the remains of an old mill to the next bridge that carries the B6012 over the river. To the left of the bridge a metal kissing gate allowing access to the road. Cross the bridge.
Ignore the left turn into the drive past a gatehouse to the estate but take the next immediate left along the side of the gatehouse and continue up hill, past a house on the right and then a farm and across the stile on the left where the footpath is signed for Robin Hood and Hunting Tower.
Continue across the field, go over the next stile and go diagonally left, uphill following the waymarkers on a well-defined path. When this meets a made-up track go left, cross the wall into the estate by a high stile and continue to a crossroads.
Go straight ahead and continue along the track as it passes the Swiss Lake on the right and then loops round Emperor Lake on the left. The path will come to another, faint, crossroads. On the left is the Hunting Tower.
Continue on the path as it loops left around the tower, ignoring the turn off to the right. The path heads downhill, past what appears to be the remains of an old viaduct with water cascading from the end, then doubles back, still going downhill eventually reaching the car park at Chatsworth House.
Continue past the wooden hut at the entrance to the car park and turn right on to the estate road heading north. Follow this past several wooden sculptures until you are within site of the gates at the end of the estate.
Near here turn left across the park to a gate that leads eventually to Baslow. Don't go through the gate but turn left on to the trail that follows the river back to Chatsworth. Turn right on to the road, cross the bridge then go immediately right on the track which leads back to the start in Edensor village.
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