We had a local walk today around Curbar, Curbar Edge, Froggatt Edge, Grindleford and back to Froggatt. The whole route for a Froggatt Edge round walk is about 12.5km, just enough when the sun’s trying to break through the cloud and there’s a reasonable ascent whichever way round you decide to walk this. We took the anti-clockwise option.
Beginning in the village of Froggatt, next to the old bridge we walked south along Froggatt Lane until the footpath which crosses the woodland known locally as “The Rough” emerging across from the Chequers Pub. Heading down hill on the road for a few tens of meters, then crossing the road allows you to pick up the path in Bee Wood. This path leads you through Bee Wood, then Curbar Wood and finally turns uphill slightly, delivering you to Clodhall Lane. Walk up the road to pick up Curbar edge just before the carpark and head North along Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge.
On this the highest part of the Froggatt Edge round walk you’ll be able to see landmarks including White Edge, Higgar Tor, Karl Wark and Bamford Edge. On a smaller scale, just East of the path is a small stone circle. It’s hidden by braken at this time of year so is easier to find in the winter when the vegetation has died back.
When you reach the road again on the S bend, just South of The Grouse Inn you should cross over to the footpath on the opposite side of the road and follow your nose, and the signs, LOL to Grindleford. You’ll emerge between the Church and the road bridge across the River Derwent. Turn left and take the footpath across the fields through Horse Hay Coppice, Froggatt Wood and into Froggatt Village.
Froggatt Edge Round Walk, Er Round-Up
Things to not on the Froggatt Edge round walk include the lack of parking places in Froggatt Village. Please be respectful to residents as the roads are narrow. Don’t park in passing places as this can cause havoc. Some of the route is on narrow public roads and not all road users adhere to the speed limit.
Being a Round Walk you can of course pick up the route at any point so you may find parking in other places more convenient.