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Grindleford Gallop 2012 Trail running

A fast 21 mile circular route through some of Derbyshire's finest countryside, open to both walkers and runners
The course takes in the villages of Grindleford, Froggatt, Eyam, Great Longstone, Edensor and Baslow linking them together with paths, tracks and open moorland of the White Peak. Famous landmarks on the way round include the Riley Graves, Longstone moor, The Monsal trail and of course the stunning Chatsworth Park estate. The final high-level section along Baslow and Frogatt edges gives breath-taking offers of the surrounding peak district. Description text from the Grindleford Gallop website.

Curbar Edge taken from Baslow Edge  © Matt4p
Curbar Edge taken from Baslow Edge © Matt4p
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SK2156476495 On leaving the pavilion cross the road and turn L over the river bridge. Take the path on the right sp Froggatt etc across the field (not the track along the river bank). Follow the path into woods and back into open fields where it jinks slightly R at an old barn into a walled lane. This leads to Froggatt village. Continue down Hollowgate. Turn R over the river bridge and go up to a T junction. Cross the road to a stile opposite and a path bearing 265 which leads steeply up through fields to another road. Cross this at a bad bend and a few metres L (look where the chevrons point) a squeeze stile leads to a path alongside a wall. Follow this into scrub land and then woods, going L as you join another path and L again at a farm track as you leave the wood. This joins a metalled farm track which leads to Eyam. Continue along New Road into the centre of the village and bear R following the sign to Eyam Hall. Just past the hall, turn L into New Close and CP #1 - Car park, Eyam Hall.

SK1932674494 Go up New Close and straight on at the end of the footpath between houses and gardens until it emerges through a squeeze stile into a lane. Just to the R a broken stile marks where the footpath crosses the triangular field to another stile in front of bungalows. Turn L here into the lane which takes you all the way to Housely. When you meet the road turn R sp Foolow and go up to the next junction where a L turn sp Wardlow will take you back to the main road (SK193760). THE MAIN ROAD IS VERY BUSY AND THE TRAFFIC MOVES QUICKLY. PLEASE FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDED ROUTE THAT KEEPS YOU OFF IT. Cross the main road with care and in the entrance to the farm look for a stile on the R. Go over this and then follow a line of stiles on a faint path brg 180. Cross a metalled lane and minor road and continue to look for stiles and occasional red waymarkers on bearing 180. Cross a rough track and go through a gate and across the field to another gate. CP #2 - White Rake [closes at noon] is on the minor road.

SK1865773268 Opposite the gate a stone stile leads into fields still bearing 180. After three stiles where you enter open country go slightly L bearing 160 (but you may have problems with compass bearings here) and then back to bearing 180 on a good path passing a finger post at the highest point of the moor. In the next dip there is a marshal point (SK195734) where you turn R bearing 270 on a grass strip between the heather (no obvious path) and head for a prominent copse of trees on the horizon. Pass to the left side of the trees and just left of a small cairn with a stake in it. The path becomes more obvious and views of Monsal Dale open up. As you enter the field CP #3 - Gate post, Longstone Moor will be on the gate post.

SK2177870522 Turn L along the fence/wall until you reach a stone stile. Cross this and follow the path bearing 130 until two stiles lead into a lane. Turn L. The lane becomes a path and then a track as it descends to Dale Farm. Go between the buildings and out to the road. Turn R and descend into Great Longstone. Turn L in the village and look for The Crispin on your R (SK199718). Take the road sp Thornbridge Hall until you reach the last house. On the R opposite this house is a footpath which leads diagonally across fields and back to the road. Turn R and then R again at the old railway bridge. Turn L on the platform and follow the disused railway to CP #4 - Hassop Station [closes at 1pm] and refreshment stop at The Country Book Store.

SK2275269381 Follow the railway to the old station at Bakewell. Turn R in front of the station building into the car park, out onto the road and L over the railway bridge. Look for the footpath on the R bearing 060 which climbs through the golf course and then more steeply through Ball Cross woods. Keep going up until you emerge on a minor road at CP #5 - Ball Cross Farm.

SK2583572155 Turn immediately R over a stile onto a track sign posted Beeley. Follow this keeping R of a stand of conifers and bear right at a yellow waymarker heading downhill. Cross open ground bearing 165 heading for a stile (sign posted Chatsworth) at the R end of an obvious pond. Go round the pond (keeping it on your L) to another stile where a faint path bearing 130 leads to another stile. Continue on this path until you reach a barn just before Swiss Cottage. Take a path L sign posted Edensor. This goes into a walled lane which leads to the Chatsworth grounds. Head just L of the church spire following occasional yellow way markers for public footpath, keeping L of clump of conifers, until steps lead down into Edensor village. Turn R at the road through the village and go straight across the main road. Follow the path as it winds round the hillside to meet the Chatsworth main drive. Cross the river bridge and take the obvious path on the L. Follow this path/track (ignoring the path going L across the river) to the large kissing gate and beyond this to the houses at Netherend. Turn L across the river to CP #6 - Baslow (Goose Green) [closes at 3pm], in front of the village hall. Cross the main road by the pelican crossing and go up Eaton Hill to the end. Turn R into Bar Road and continue up as it becomes a track. It swings R (ignore the path L) then bends sharply L climbing all the time. As it levels out and you near Wellington’s Monument the path forks. Take the L fork past the Eagle Stone and stay on this path all the way to Curbar Gap (SK261747). Cross the minor road and continue on the path opposite across the tops of Curbar and Froggatt Edges until you reach another road. Cross the road very carefully and follow it uphill for a few metres until a gate and steps lead L down to a stream. Go up the other side and when the path forks go L and shortly afterwards L again. Descend to a gate and continue for about 200 metres to anther fork. Again go L and head downhill until you emerge from the woods on a track. Go R to the road and then L to the river and pavilion.

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