Peak District

Route: Chatsworth

Area: Derbyshire, Peak District

Date of walk: 9th August 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 9.6 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Mixed cloud and sunshine, some light rain

On the first day of our short walking break in the Peak District we decided to visit Chatsworth House by including it in a circular walk from the village of Beeley. We walked out of the attractive village alongside the Beeley Brook and then followed a path through the woods onto open moorland known as the Rabbit Warren. From here we descended to Chatsworth House

This should have been the climax of the walk but for us it was a little disappointing. Much of the house was hidden behind white sheets and scaffolding, unavoidable since renovation works are in progress, but the issue for us was the sheer number of visitors, drawn to this place by the numerous attractions on offer. The grounds are full of interest but next time we’ll arrive early and not during school holidays in order to properly appreciate them

After leaving the house we followed a path beside the River Derwent. The surrounding parkland was stunningly beautiful, having been designed by Capability Brown, and we had good sightings of the herds of fallow deer that roam around here. After crossing the bridge over the Derwent we followed a path through the fields back into Beeley to end a wonderful walk

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