Peak District Eastern Moors and Edges

This is the third of the monthly series of one of my 2019 landscape photography projects in my local national park, the Peak District. This time I visited Curbar, Froggatt and White Edges in the southern part of the Peak District Eastern Moors and Edges.

If you want to catch up on the first two visits just follow “Peaks of Perfection – Chrome and Parkhouse Hills” and “Cheshire’s Highest Peak – Shining Tor”

Peak District Eastern Moors and Edges

White Edge

The walk started at the Curbar Gap National Trust car park from where I headed east crossing Sandyford Brook. Then up the steep bank where a well-trodden path leads north along White Edge with its far-reaching views, especially from the white concrete pillar of the trig point at almost 1200 feet, the highest point of the walk.  White Edge, which borders Big Moor, has panorama views in every direction. The trig point provides a great place to spot red deer across the expanse of Big Moor.

Big Moor from White Edge summit

White Edge separates Big Moor in the east and White Edge Moor in the west.  Continuing along the rocky moorland edge for some distance eventually links to a descending path through fields, down to the road close to the Grouse Inn.  On this occasion, being only halfway through the walk I decided not to take advantage of their hospitality but moved on across the fields and woodland to avoid having to walk down the busy road.

White Edge Moor

Froggatt Edge

After a short walk through The Haywood, I crossed the road again and entered a path that leads to Froggatt Edge.  As the woodland opens out, with views across to the limestone of the White Peak, there is a small stone circle known as Froggatt Edge or Stoke Flat Circle.  It consists of eleven typical small Derbyshire stones no more than two feet tall except one which is just over three feet. The stones seem to form a double ring and the structure measures about 50 feet in diameter.

Froggatt Edge Stone Circle

The path continues to meander steadily through ancient woodland with views towards open moorland on the left and the upper reaches of the Derwent Valley to the right eventually reaching the dramatic escarpment of Froggatt Edge.  

I noticed the initials R W M N 1867 inscribed into one of the rocks which I thought would make a suitable focal point for a view of the start of the rocky outcrops.  Needless to say, I just had to try to find who or what they referred to.  After some searching without any proof, I think that they may belong to Robert William Mills Nesfield who for a third of a century was Master of the High Peak Harriers and a land agent to the Duke of Rutland’s Derbyshire Estates for almost half a century.  I am guessing that the stone was a marker defining part of the estate’s boundary but.  If anyone knows any further information please let me know.

“Unforgotten” – Froggatt Edge

Froggatt Edge is contiguous with its neighbour, Curbar Edge, so it’s almost impossible to see where one starts and the other finishes.  The path continues along the full length of the Peak District Eastern Moors and Edges and there are many opportunities to take a break to watch the rock climbers attempting one of over 200 named rock climbs here. The gritstone edges were once extensively quarried for their rough, coarse stone.  Remnants of discarded round millstones are found around the edges, giving the stone its common name, millstone grit. Many corn and textile mills were sited here.

Below Froggatt Edge

Curbar Edge

I head back along Curbar Edge towards the end of the walk there are many interesting subjects that could be included in compositions including many wind-sculpted boulders, depressions for water pools and good vantage points to photograph the cliff like the one below with an open southward view with Baslow Edge beyond.

Baslow Edge from Curbar Edge

Beyond this view, it is a short walk back to the Curbar Gap car park and the end of this month’s trip to the Peak District Eastern Moors and Edges although it was very tempting to continue to Baslow Edge.  I decided to save this for another day. 

I hope you have enjoyed this latest visit to the Peak District National Park and further photos from this trip and others are in the Peak District gallery.

I look forward to your company for the next trip.

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