Calver, Coombs Dale and Longstone Edge, 20th August 2016

Saturday's walk, one of two over the Derbyshire Weekend explored the unfamiliar landscape between Calver and Bakewell with outstanding views in all directions.
Baslow and Curber Edges
We started at Calver crossroads and walked up the nearby Coombs Dale, a typical Peakland limestone valley which was once a centre of lead mining, and up towards Black Harry Gate for coffee.  Then it was up over Longstone Edge and down to Hassop.  Although only a hamlet, it boasts Hassop Hall, a 17th century house built by the Eyres, a family of local landowners and which is now a hotel, and the imposing Catholic All Saints Church.
Coombs Dale
Black Harry Gate
All Saints Church, Hassop
Then it was into the Chatsworth Estate and Pilsley, a typical estate village. Both the village school and some of the houses were built around 1840 by Sir Joseph Paxton during his tenure as head gardener at Chatsworth, although other houses in the village date back to more than a century earlier.
Finally, back via Bank Wood and Bramley Wood, past old quarries, to Calver.