A Country Walk in Chatsworth Estate
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This walk has some gentle hills from the start allowing us to take in some lovely countryside views of the Chatsworth Estate.
Our first stop the custom-built village of Edensor (pronounced 'Enza') in Chatsworth Park, specially commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire features a delightful hotch-potch of traditional house designs, from mock Tudor to Swiss cottage.
The 6th Duke decided to demolish the old estate village and rebuild it out of sight in the 19th century, because it spoiled his view of the estate from Chatsworth. Access then, as now, was through a white estate gate.
The graceful spire of the church of St Peter dominates the village skyline, and many fine monuments to the Cavendish family can be found inside the building. In the churchyard, a special area is reserved for the family's graves.
Next you will see the classic view of the stately house from the bridge and we may catch sight of the deer too.
We will have a picnic overlooking the estate or river, or we may climb to the hunting tower where there are fantastic views! Afterwards there is the waterfalls and Swiss Lake at the top which make impressive photos and selfies!
The grounds can be uneven in places so good walking shoes are recommended. A lot of the walk is on good paths or tracks, but please do expect some mud as we will be passing through woodland and onto high moorland before our final descent to the carpark.
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Photos were taken by Finding Nemo mid January 2019, so you can expect the scenery to be less bleak!
What to bring
Comfortable walking shoes with good grip are advised as some of the terrain will be rmuddy and uneven. Walking boots might be preferable if there has been a lot of rain.
Waterproofs are handy and a small daypack with drinking water and some extra warm layers.
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch and plenty water!