Last Sunday saw another trip to Derbyshire and a lovely 4 mile walk around the edges above Baslow. The route was a bit steep in parts but generally nice walking. There were though few places to let the dog run free, with plenty of sheep dotted around the route.
We parked up next to the Robin Hood pub, off the A619 just outside Baslow. From the busy car park we turned left up the road a short way and up through the woods alongside the golf course, on a a good sandy path. The path ran underneath Birchen Edge, where we spent a short while watching the many rock climbers clinging to ridiculously small cracks in the gritstone. Our guidebook suggested that Birchen Edge was "sombre" but at this time of year it is anything but. The firey colours of the bracken and leaves in the birch trees were spectacular.
We continued along the path, through a marshy field, to the A621 Sheffield Road. Crossing the road with care we headed up the lane opposite for a short way before taking the path left through a gate and along the top of Baslow Edge. Passing Wellingtons Monument we took a path just before a gate leading alongside a wall and then steeply down through the trees back to the Sheffield Road.
The final stretch, taking the path on the opposite side of the road, led us past Gardoms Edge and back to the pub.
This was a lovely walk but because of the sheep and cattle dotted around, even in woodland areas, the dog didn't get off the lead. He was though made most welcome in the hikers den in the Robin Hood pub, where we enjoyed some good traditional Sunday pub fare. The pub also has plenty of outside seating space should the weather be fine. I'd recommend this as a good dog friendly pub in the Derbyshire/Peak District area.
All in all, a nice day out.
Doggy rating 6/10