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Curious about climbers at Curbar but daunted by ropes? Chiz Dakin finds some great short scrambles along the edges, returning via White Edge.
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Strecke 9,4 km
2:37 h
177 hm
177 hm
PLEASE NOTE: The GPX trace on this route is for use as a guide only, its accuracy may change depending on the scale of map you are using. Use in combination with judgement and a paper map. We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure these walks are safe and correctly described. However things do change and all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. The publishers accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any injuries or accidents that occur whilst following this walk. Trail magazine, Copyright Bauer Media Limited.



Distance 9.4km (5¾ miles)
Total ascent 250m
Time 2½-3 hours
Start/Finish Curbar Gap car park (SK263747) 
Nearest town Bakewell
Terrain mostly good, well-trodden paths over Peak District gritstone/moorland. Scrambling over gritstone rock can be strenuous or exposed in places; lower slopes below the edges can be rough terrain with minimal (climbers’) paths through bilberries, bracken, boulders and the occasional small scree slope. Navigation on White Edge could be moderately difficult in poor visibility

Put the words ‘grit’ and ‘Peak District’ together and you can only have one non-climbing outcome – a great walk along one of the many gritstone edges surrounding the Peak District National Park! These edges were formed long ago, when a closing tropical sea (which created the central ‘White Peak’ limestone areas) became infilled with grit from a northerly river estuary. Much more recently (in the Middle Ages to the 1800s), they formed natural quarries for millstones, until a growing fashion for white bread over brown turned the millstone market to France and finer composite millstones. The sudden disastrous crash in the market price for Peak millstones led to the abandonment of many that were part-hewn. Curbar is well-known by climbers as offering some of the hardest gritstone climbing in the region, and Froggatt is a slightly easier option. 


But what if the temptations of that grippy gritstone are calling, yet the thought of relying on ropes and small pieces of metalwork to safeguard a climb is a step too far? No problem; there’s some great scrambling, which doesn’t require a rope but is right next door to some classic climbing routes (like the Peapod and Valkyrie), along both edges. A few of the best have been picked for this route, which starts off with a good view looking up at Curbar Edge. It then offers a series of short scrambling challenges on the way to a great moorland pub, before returning over the more remote and higher White Edge. And for those who’d rather leave the sensation of gritstone as a feast for their eyes than a frantic fumble with their fingers, all the scrambles are avoidable!


Crux of the Route


The crux of both main scrambles is at the start where you need to get high enough to reach the handholds. A bulky rucksack is a hindrance on the main Froggatt scramble – but there is an alternative option near the top (see point 3) – though this will require a good head for heights at the top on a very exposed, narrow ledge. Remember you can avoid the scrambling completely, just take the edgetop path all the way along from Surprise View car park without dropping down below. 


Guidebooks Historic Walks in Derbyshire by Elaine Burkinshaw, pb Cicerone Press
Public transport www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk (very limited; nearest stop is in Calver)
Tourist info Matlock (01629) 583388
Best pub Grouse Inn ( 01433) 698132 



SK263747 Head westwards down the lane to a few parking spaces, then right and up a short path into access land. Head left above a drystone wall, roughly contouring ahead where the drystone wall ends and over the tail of a short scree slope. Keep gently rising then bend back on yourself by a 1.5m high boulder to gain a climbers’ path running underneath Curbar Edge.  

SK258752 Continue under a ‘peapod’ shape in the rockface above to reach a 2m high block in a corner, the start of the first scramble. Climb up the ramp, then judicious use of the deep crack plus some surprisingly good handholds on the top block to the righthold the secret. Emerge onto a flatter rock, then continue up easier ground. Carry on along the edge-top path for roughly 1km, passing just left of a small copse of silver birch trees,then pastapath joining from below.  Continue on and turn left onto the main edge-top footpath. 

SK251762 Take a waymarked path left, and down a grassy/stony ramp under the fi rst crags of Froggatt Edge. Continue to reach four abandoned millstones surrounding a silver birch tree in front of a recess by a prominent pinnacle (Froggatt Pinnacle/‘Valkyrie‘). Head into the recess and to the far left. The crux is at the start, getting high enough up the narrow chimney to reach good handholds and easier ground above. For an alternative scramble (friendlier to wide rucksacks) go past the pinnacle, and follow a faint diagonal path up to a wide cleft in the crag. The crux is at the top; initially it’s little more than a walk, but the final few moves balancing out onto an exposed and narrow ledge and higher boulder to gain the topmost rock require a good head for heights. Windy conditions suggest extreme caution or avoidance! 

SK249764 Either way, once at the top, turn left and follow the main path along the top of the crag for roughly 1.5km to reach a major road. Cross the road 50m uphill to gain a footpath leading down across a small stream on stepping stones. Continue uphill for roughly 200m (and past a car park, right) to reach a junction of paths with a wooden gate in the drystone wall to the right. Cross three fi elds and a stile to reach the Grouse Inn.

SK259779 Cross the road above the pub to a bridleway heading up to White Edge. Near the top of some silver birch woodland, turn right onto a concessionary footpath and continue uphill and then just left of a drystone wall to reach the edge proper. Turn right onto a wide path along the edge-top, near a prominent strangely pockmarked stone, and continue along the quiet but well-trodden edge for roughly 3km. A strange X of drystone walls (sheepfold) in Stoke Flat below gives a useful landmark roughly halfway. Roughly 1km after the trig point (slight detour off-path leftwards), the end of field boundaries below heralds a waymarked footpath right leading back to the car park.
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Koordinaten:
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SK 26248 74699
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53.268639, -1.607897
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53°16'07.1"N 1°36'28.4"W
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30U 592841 5903059
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OS Grid
SK 26248 74699
DD
53.268639, -1.607897
GMS
53°16'07.1"N 1°36'28.4"W
UTM
30U 592841 5903059
w3w 
///apfelkern.freute.arzt
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