Curbar Edge, Froggatt Edge, and White Edge


An enjoyable stroll in the Derwent Valley and Dark Peak area of the Peak District that takes in Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge before circling around and returning via White Edge. It’s a great one for the kids due to the many opportunities to scramble on the rocks.

Route Information

Ascent: 199m

Length: 5.7 miles

Start: Curbar Edge

Area: Peak District – Dark Peak

GPX File: Download

White Edge Trig Point – (Height: 365m)

Other POI: Curbar Edge, Froggatt Edge, Hay Wood, Grouse Inn, White Edge, White Edge Moor, Big Moor

Route Description:

As my kids were visiting for a few days, I thought I’d take them for a day out to Curbar Edge for them to be able to enjoy a bit of climbing on the many gritstone outcrops and formations there. We parked at the National Trust car park right by the start of Curbar Edge, paid the four quid parking fee, and headed on up. Progress was slow to begin with as the kids insisted on getting the most fun out of every climbable rock that we passed along the way; however, they eventually realised that it would take them forever to complete my planned 6 mile route unless they started being a bit more selective. We found a selection of the best outcrops that would make good photos including the distinctive pinnacle stone, and made good use of them before eventually moving on to Froggatt Edge. To be honest, I’m not sure of the exact point that Curbar Edge ends and Froggatt Edge begins, and I guess it doesn’t really matter anyway as it’s really all the same edge. The views out from the edge over Derwent Valley are fantastic all the way along, and it makes the walk worthwhile even if you wen’t interested in playing on the rocks. The best little climb of the day was to be had on the Froggatt Pinnacle, which also happened to make (in my opinion) the best photo of the day.

View from Curbar Edge
An early view from Curbar Edge
Kids playing on Curbar Edge rocks
The kids quickly having fun
Sam climbing on Curbar Edge
Sam climbing on Curbar Edge
Kids on Curbar Edge
The kids had a climb at every opportunity
Sam on the Curbar Edge pinnacle stone
Sam on the pinnacle stone
Luke posing on an outcrop on Curbar Edge
Luke posing on an outcrop
On Froggatt Edge pinnacle
On Froggatt Edge pinnacle
Sam climbing on Froggatt Edge
Sam squeezing one last climb in
Leaving Froggatt Edge behind
Leaving Froggatt Edge behind

Once at the end of Froggatt Edge, we had a brief foray into Hay Wood before crossing over the road at the Grouse Inn and heading up towards White Edge. The walk back along the edge was pleasant despite the fact that there wasn’t as much rock interest for the kids. White Edge seperates Big Moor on the left (east) and White Edge Moor on the right (west). The kids became rather excited at one point as they spotted deer down below on White Edge Moor. My eyes obviously aren’t what they used to be because I couldn’t see anything where they were pointing. We passed the White Edge trig point and had the obligatory trig point photos taken before eventually turning away and heading back towards the car park across some rather waterlogged grassy areas.

Heading towards White Edge
Heading towards White Edge
Almost at White Edge
Almost there…
On White Edge
On White Edge
Alfie posing
Now that’s what you call a pose!
Looking back along White Edge
Looking back along White Edge
White Edge Deer spotting
The kids have spotted Deer (allegedly)
White Edge Trig Point
White Edge trig. Only one kid still awake at this point.

It was a pleasant walk with nothing too difficult and plenty of fun moments along the way. The kids had a good time so mission accomplished!

Walk completed on 17th February, 2017

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Elevation Profile for the Curbar Edge walk
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Useful Links

GPX file for the walk
Photo album on Flickr
A brief guide to Curbar Edge from Andy Hemingway

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  1. bowlandclimber says

    Great walk for your lads’ bouldering aspirations – they’ll be wanting to climb the front face of Froggatt Pinnacle soon.

    1. Hill Explorer says

      That’s one thing I won’t be able to help him with. I do solo scrambling but don’t know a thing about roped climbing. He’s been doing indoor climbing for a year but doesn’t get the chance to put into practice as he lives in South Norfolk – an area not known for it’s crags!

  2. Adrian Spencer says

    Funnily enough there was a very similar walk in a recent issue of Trail that I was planning on doing in the next few weeks. Will let you know how I get on!

    1. Hill Explorer says

      Be good to know! It’s a fairly simple route but can easily be extended a little bit further

      1. Adrian Spencer says

        Completed it today, thanks for the recommendation! The path was surprisingly dry compared to Kinder just a few weeks ago and I was lucky to get some great weather.

        The views were extraordinary and the length was just right for me.

        Thanks again for putting up such a great route, I will scour your blog for other ideas.

        1. Hill Explorer says

          That’s good to hear. I’m afraid I dont have many more walks of that length so nows the time to up the challenge 😉

        2. Hill Explorer says

          That’s good to hear. I’m afraid I dont have many more walks of that length so nows the time to up the challenge 😉

  3. Meg Marie says

    A day spent scrambling rocks is ALWAYS a fun day. My dog of all creatures loves to climb up rocks. We take her to places like this all the time. This trail looks lovely by the way! So beautiful and lush with great views!

    1. Hill Explorer says

      Yes – I can never afford to travel outside the country so I try and make the best of what we have here. There’s certainly plenty of variety for such a relatively small country

  4. Suzanne says

    Looks like a fantastic day! What is it about boys and climbing rocks. My two seem to have in inbuilt radar to find the hardest and most mum terrifying route possible. Glad they have both been having bouldering classes so I know they at least understand the basics!

    1. Hill Explorer says

      Neither of mine have done bouldering – the eldest does indoor climbing, and the youngest does gymnastics which I guess is useful! I find that kids are natural climbers – I used to love going to Brimham Rocks when I was a kid. Doesn’t stop you from getting anxious though when they too close to a big drop! I can climb myself without the slightest worry but I can’t bear watching my kids do it.

  5. thehelpfulhiker says

    I always love your walks, am saving them all up for when Finn is a bit older. It looks great fun scrambling over those rocks!

    1. Hill Explorer says

      That’s great! And by then, hopefully I’ll have a whole load of new walks for you too 🙂

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