Matlock to Chatsworth

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Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, most of the Chatsworth Estate is open to the public and can be freely explored.

Summary

Leaving Matlock, the route climbs through Snitterton and Wensley Dale (no, not the Yorkshire one), skirting the edge of Wensley village. On the hillside above Wensley, look out for Cambridge Lodge, a holiday home in a converted water tank set into the hill. A steep descent through Cambridge Wood leads to the ruins of Mill Close Mine, which closed in 1938 after a flood. The route now climbs through woodland, passing Birchover, to reach Stanton Moor, the edge of which reveals lovely views across the Derwent Valley. A long descent into the valley brings you to Rowsley, where the River Wye is crossed. From here, the longest climb of the day takes you over the hills and into the Chatsworth Estate. The final descent leads into the estate village of Edensor. You can either end the walk here, or continue the short distance to Chatsworth House. From both places you can catch a bus to return to Matlock.

Route details on OS Maps

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