Of all the places in the UK, the Peak District is the area that grabs the interests of outdoor-loving tourists. Because walking is a major activity, you won’t want to miss the adventure that can be found by taking the Bakewell Trail.
A Trail in Two Parts
When you take this trail, remember that the area along White Edge is more exposed to inclement weather. Therefore, make sure you have a compass, map, and waterproofs with you on your hiking trip. The walk is comprised of two halves, with the first being frequented by climbers and hikers and the second half, which is less walked, being more remote. Regardless of where you go along the trail, you will be rewarded with unrivalled views.
Some of the Highlights
During this trek, you can explore the path’s famous edges, each popular with climbers, as well as view Bronze Age cairns. You can also try to locate the herd of deer that reside at Big Moor. A monument that is dedicated to the Duke of Wellington can also be seen when taking the trail.
Where to Begin
After leaving your travel bags at one of the holiday cottages located in the Peak District, you will want to drive to the car park at Curbar Gap. This is the beginning point for the Bakewell Trail. You can also park in the car park at Froggatt Edge and commence your hike from there.
Follow the trail up to the pathway that runs beside the Curbar Edge. The path you will find is easy and wide, and permits you to walk near the edge and see incredible views. However, be careful as you stroll along the edge as the high cliffs are not guarded. Both dogs and children should be closely watched and supervised.
As you pass Froggatt Edge, look for Millstone Grit. Once the cliffs along the trail were a bed of activity, with grindstones quarried along the distance. Both horses and carts used the pathway. The grindstones were once needed for the cutlery industry in Sheffield as well as other metal plants.
A Moderate Pathway
The Bakewell Trail is just one of 44 trails that can be explored in Derbyshire and the Peak District. The trail is defined by gentle gradients with some muddy sections along the way. It is considered a moderate trail to explore.
The cliffs of Curbar, and particularly Froggatt, are well-loved by rock climbers, who enjoy the difficult climbs in this part of the District. On summer days, visitors often witness a tangle of vibrantly-coloured ropes that are belaying the rock climbers. Grouse Inn is the halfway point of the hike and serves as an excellent watering place.
Once you pass Grouse Point, you will bear right onto White Edge. Once you reach this point, the mood of the trek seems to change. You feel the remoteness and also see fewer walkers. The edge borders Big Moor and the panoramic views are memorable. Whilst the path is rougher, it is not the highest place along the trail. Take you time to see if you can spot the deer who are known to live here.