Calton Lees - Haddon Hall - Stanton - Rowsley - Calton Lees

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This circular walk takes in paths within Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Stanton Hall Estates.

Just over half the distance is along made-up tracks and paths, which are well-marked, for set routes within the estates. With some short stretches of road-walking, the longest road section is into Rowsley along a quiet country lane leading towards Stanton Moor (the site of the Nine Ladies standing stones, a ring of stones about two foot high, which will feature in later walks). The main A6 Matlock to Buxton Road is crossed in two places; only about 100 metres are walked alongside this busy road.

Most uphill parts are on the outward part, none of which are particularly steep. The return is mostly downhill or fairly level, with parts following the River Wye and the River Derwent, crossing the Wye in Rowsley close to the point were the two rivers merge.

Most walking is fairly easy, with a few muddy areas in the woodland section between Chatsworth and Haddon Hall. This part is managed for timber and wildlife. At the time of last walking, some felling and clearing had been done with some tracks churned up by tractors and other machinery. Also the initial part of the track from Rowsley back to Calton Lees can be muddy, as it is also used for livestock access from farms into grazing fields.

The pub used on this walk is the ‘Flying Childers’ in Stanton in the Peak. This is a walker friendly pub though quite small, they do request that muddy boots are covered or removed. On last walking only a limited menu of hot soup or filled cobs was available as ‘bar food’ this may develop into more choice. There are a few interesting beers on offer. Outside there is little provision for those carrying food with only one bench table beside the door. Most use the low wall beside the parking area opposite as seating for eating their own food.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District

Features

Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, River, Stately Home, Woodland
19/03/2016 - Ian Crisp

Completed this walk today and have to say that the directions were spot on. Very enjoyable walk with some nice views.

15/09/2014 - Janet Lockett

This is an excellent and varied walk. You would need to start early to reach the pub before it closes at 2pm but the Haddon Hall restaurant/cafe requires only a modest diversion. Problem. Between point 33 and Stantonhall Lane signing is very poor, stone walls have often tumbled and gates are rickety. You just have to keep heading north until you reach the lane. We began our walk from Beeley, where we were staying, and had a lovely walk, mainly across parkland, to Point 1. Coming home, we left the route at Point 40 to return to Beeley.

23/09/2010 - David Lance Morgan

Lance/Russ/Dave: Great view of Haddon Hall from elevated position but route is never very far from roadways and associated traffic noise.

13/02/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated February 2008. Thanks to Peter and Pat Sharpe for their comment.

17/07/2006 - ROBERT AINLEY

Pub at Waypoint 30 not open Monday or Tuesday (July 2006).

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