Walk 1240 - printer friendly version
Curbar, Froggatt & White Edges Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km
Ascent - 725 feet / 220 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SK261747
Lat 53.268654 + Long -1.6101252
Postcode S32 3YR (approx. location only)
This Peak District walk combines three gritstone edges in the eastern sector of the National Park. The start is the small car park (grid ref SK261747) at Curbar Gap with alternative parking available on the roadside. In fine weather parking is at a premium so an early arrival is recommended.
Leave the car park by the gate on the western perimeter of the car park and follow the wide path that runs parallel with Curbar Edge, which should be on your left. To enjoy the view trend left and follow the less distinct path that keeps nearer to the edge. Extensive views are available to the west across the Derwent Valley to much of the central Peak District.
The walking is easy and Curbar Edge becomes Froggatt Edge. You may hear shouts as climbers tackle the wide variety of pitches on the edge. The path descends gently to reach the A6245. Turn right for a short way along this road before crossing to a signed footpath on the opposite side. This path descends to a stream before climbing to a car park.
Continue parallel to the western side of the car park to walk beside a wall on your right. Take the signed footpath heading half left across the field to reach the main road again. Turn left and pass the Grouse Inn. Just after the road bends left you will see a white gate on your left. Go through this and follow the broad track, which is followed for some way, to reach Longshaw Lodge, where refreshments and toilets are available.
Go past the lodge and take the first track right. This goes behind the lodge and heads south back towards the main road. You pass a couple of benches on your left and just before the car park fork left along a green track. This brings you out to the road at a busy junction. Cross the road to a gate. Ignore this and locate a stile a few yards to the east. Cross this and with the fence on your right climb gently onto White Edge Moor.
This path undulates along White Edge for about 4 km and although the edge is not so dramatic as those used earlier in the walk, the surroundings are pleasant and the views as good. Passing a trig column on your left the path descends with walled enclosures on your right. At the end of the wall turn right and follow the clear path across a stream and back to the Curbar Gap car park.