Below you will find the step-by-step guide for one of the many routes around the Chatsworth grounds. This one takes in woodland, moorland, paths, tracks, country lanes and grassy fields. This route can be viewed for free on the Ordnance Survey site HERE.
Starting at village of Beely, parking can be limited, you head straight over the road, through the gate and across the flat field towards a narrow bridge over the river Derwent.
From here cross the road and head straight down to the river bank and follow any of about 3 crossing paths toward the main bridge to the House. There is ruined building here to have a quick explore, many benches for a sit down to enjoy the view and on a sunny day lots of photo opportunities of the House and woodland in the background.
Once you reach the end of the fields you will cross over Paine Bridge to the House itself. Walk up the slope either cutting through the stables or going around toward the adventure playground (feel free to take a stop here if you have kids). Take the path on the right or follow the road as they meet up again after around 70m. Keep and eye of the left as the next path is here.
The only part of the day that is going to make you huff and puff.
The path, which is sign posted, starts flat but you will quickly discover that it turns into a slippery, stone staircase that goes all the way to the top of the hill and the Hunting Tower.
The views from here a magnificent in any weather with benches to take a well deserved snack and drink.
Take the path to the right and keep going until you hear the sound of running water. Turn a corner and you will see a man made waterfall that feeds the Ruined Aqueduct which in turn supplies the Cascade in the Gardens below.
Go up and around the waterfall and down the other side. You could also take a left at the top of the fall and have quick walk around the lake and back.
Keep following the zig-zagging path down to the Aqueduct where, if you are so inclined you can take a shower under it.
Follow the road left and back up looking out for a path on the left to save yourself having to walk on tarmac for any longer than necessary. At the top of this path you will see another faint path to the right.
Both will take you to the same place but the faint path first takes you to the Duke’s Seat where you can get more views of the valley below.
The paths converge again just before the wall that separates the woodland from the moorland.
Almost as soon as you get onto the moor you will see a small post which marks a small path down through the deer fence. It bad weather it can get a big boggy. Follow this down to reach Beely Hilltop.
The path continues around the housing but it can be a little awkward to see. Follow this path all the way back to Beely and to your car.
The route is 8km long and most people in a reasonably fit condition should take just under 2 hours to complete this hike.