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Beeley Plantation and Fallinge Edge


Sometimes, I think all my walks are about cafe stops… this walk was justification for a weekend lunch at the Old Smithy Cafe in Beeley, one of the villages on the Chatsworth Estate. It climbs through forest up towards Beeley Moor along the side of a tumbling brook, then cuts south below the gritstone and purple heather of Fallinge Edge before dropping back downhill through farmland to Beeley. I’m sorry there are no decent photos – it was one of our first real wet-weather outings, with a broken camera. The loop took us about two hours at a steady pace, carrying baby (it’s not for pushchairs) The concessional footpath through Beeley Plantation is only marked on the 1:25000 OS map, not the 1:50000 shown here.

  • AREA: Beeley
  • DISTANCE: About 3 miles
  • FACILITIES: Cafe, pub
  • PARKING: Beeley village
  • GRADIENT: Hilly
  • TERRAIN: Not for pushchairs, one steep muddy section
  • OS MAP: White Peak

Beeley Plantation

Beeley Plantation

The bridleway below Fallinge Edge

The bridleway below Fallinge Edge

  1. From the Devonshire Arms, walk up Brookside, then turn right onto Moorend, following it uphill beside the brook. After about 800m, the lane turns into a footpath – keep following this, with the brook to your right.
  2. Where the path splits at the edge of the plantation, take the right-hand path through the gate into the woods. Follow this uphill. After about 400m you will cross the brook at some stepping stones above a small waterfall. Continue uphill with the brook now on your left.
  3. After about 400m, where the path starts to zig-zag uphill, turn right onto a smaller footpath through felled trees. This will bring you out to a lane.
  4. Turn right onto the lane and follow it for 300m until you come to a fingerpost marking a bridleway on your left. Follow this (a farm track) for about 1.5km to the farm buildings on your right.
  5. Just after the farm, cross a stile on the right. Cut straight across the field towards the left edge of the woods, ignoring a farm track angling off to the left.
  6. Cross the stile into the woods and follow the path steeply downhill – this section can get slippery. Go through the wall into the field, cross the field and stile-hop back down to Beeley.

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