Curbar and Baslow Edge photo walk
Updated: Apr 11
After the excess of Christmas and in the run up to the new year there was an opportunity for me to get out for a quick walk somewhere local with the camera.
After a bit of indecisiveness on where to go, I packed up my new hiking bag and headed to Curbar Gap car park for a walk across both Curbar and Baslow Edges in the Peak District.
The drive was only 1hr and 15 mins so it was not too much bother. I did find however that the car park postcode (S32 3YR) was only roughly accurate as it didn't take me right to it and put me about 5 mins down the road. I recommend switching from your car Sat Nav to google maps directions for the car park when 5-10 minutes away as this quickly redirected me accurately and took me to the car park.
The car park was fairly busy when I arrived, but I popped my hat and gloves on and made my way over to Baslow Edge first in the hope that I might see some of the famous highland cattle (spoiler - I didn't spot any!).
I passed through the gate on the other side of the road to the Curb Gap car park and headed onto the moor. The moorland opened up and suddenly I was met with gale force winds! There was very little opportunity for shelter which made getting graduated filters on my camera a little tricky for some landscapes. I did manage eventually (after chasing to fetch my gloves as they flew off in the wind!), and continued to make my way along Baslow Edge.
Unfortunately it was not my day for seeing the famous highland "coo's" that are often found here, but as I stopped and looked back I was instead treated to a fantastic view back towards Curbar Edge (which you can see in the distance in the photo below).
The edge is rugged and is full of wonderful huge boulders and rock formations which make for a really interesting landscape, especially with the moorland adding colour and texture to any images. These huge boulders and rocks seem to have just been dropped from the sky and scatter the area.
The view from the edge allows you to see for several miles, with a number of villages and local areas in view. Below is a shot peering through one of the large rock formations on the edge towards the valley below.
After admiring the view, I walked away from the edge and into the moorland where I spotted the "Eagle Stone".
The Eagle Stone is a huge and impressive rock that sits quite randomly in the middle of the moorland on Baslow Edge. There is said to be a local custom whereby the men of the village of Baslow must climb to the top of the rock to prove themselves worthy of marriage before their wedding day!
I am not sure why it is called the Eagle Stone - as far as I could make out it looked more like an anvil!
After photographing the Eagle Stone I made my way back towards the road so that I could head over to the other side and onto Curbar Edge to explore there.
By the time I had got onto Curbar Edge the sun was starting to dip. I decided to pick a place to stand and stood watching as the sun lowered. A small army of other photographers appeared with their tripods also trying to find their favoured spot for a sunset and battled with the strong winds.
As the sun was still fairly bright I played with silhouettes before the sun went down as there were a group of walkers that stood on the edge in front of me. I felt this would work well and I am happy with what I managed to get.
I then got chatting to a lovely gentleman from the Halesowen area of the Midlands who looked to set up next to me. I regrettably didn't catch his name but his tales of a recent visit to the arctic circle were fascinating, as was his history of football refereeing. I also spoke briefly to a lovely lady (also a photographer) who had lost her phone - I hope she found it!
As the sun dipped we all got into position and captured the glorious afterglow that the sun had left for us. It didn't look like it was going to give us much of a sunset as the sun went down (the light was quite flat), but it pulled it out of the bag for us in the end.
All in all this was a fantastic short walk which was extremely accessible from Curbar Gap car park. I managed to take more photographs than I expected to which is always a nice bonus, and I came away feeling like I had burnt off some of the mince pies from Christmas.
A good day out and worth getting my boots on for. It is just a shame that I forgot more change for a hot chocolate from the little refreshments trailer in the car park!
Date: 29th December 2018
Location: Baslow and Curbar Edges - Derbyshire
Car Park: Curbar Gap car park (S32 3YR)
All images copyright of Mathew Kendall/FujiXplorer