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Pedestrians may save 4 miles by taking train (Mid. Sta.) to Dore and Totley.
Cyclists will find this the easiest part of the ride.

Quitting Sheffield by the London road, we travel side by side with
the Kiver Sheaf and the Midland Railway as far as Dore and Totley
Station. Abbeydale, along which our route lies, is so called from
Beauchief Abbey, the remains of which, consisting of part of
the western tower and a small portion of the nave, are situated
about half a mile up the road which strikes to the left at the Abbey-
dale Hotel, close to Beauchief Station. The Abbey was founded
about 1175 by Robert Fitz-Ranulph, Lord of Alfreton, for Premonstra-
tensian or White Canons. As to whether the founder was one of the
murderers of Thomas a Becket, doctors disagree. Abbeydale is
rapidly losing its natural charms and becoming a suburb of Sheffield.
Steep, wood-covered hills descend into the dale on the left, and
on the right the ground commences to rise gradually for the moors
which we are about to traverse. At Dore and Totley Station the
Dore and Chinley branch strikes off to the right and runs parallel
with the road for a short distance.

The long and low Gothic building opposite Dore Station is the
Licensed Victuallers' Asylum, built in 1878, for the infirm members
of their association. Nearly a mile beyond it, after crossing the
new line, we commence the ascent for Owler Bar, passing in less
than two miles the village of Totley, where the Cross Scythes Inn
makes a decided pretence of the aesthetic about its exterior. The
valley now on our right sinks low to Totley Bents, and a wide stretch
of deeply troughed moorland hints at the character of the country
we are about to traverse for the next few miles. A sharp pitch of the
road brings us to Owler Bar and the Peacock Inn. The "Bar"



SHEFFIELD TO BASLOW. 127

remains in name only, except at the inn. Here the road from Dron-
fielcl and Holmesfield, whose humpty-dumpty church has long been
visible, perched high up on the hill, joins ours. From the Peacock
there is a charming peep down Coidwell valley on the left, through
which a country-lane leads to Sheepbridse and Chesterfield. Here also
the moorland road to Fox House and Hathersage (p. 127) diverges.
We are now on the high-level of the moors, some 1,100 feet above
sea-level. The air is bracing, but the scenery monotonous, and it is
a relief when, a couple of miles further, we begin to wind down tin-
rapidly deepening ravine which opens on to the Derwent valley at
Baslow.

By fnrbar Edge to C'alvrr, Mtoiiry 'I iil.flcloii. anil FCyam.

(Calver, 2J to. : Stoney Middleton, 4 ; Eyam, 5J). An old cross-road, in
parts grass-grown, turns to the right out of the highway, 600 yards or so
beyond the tenth milestone. Aiter a gradual ascent for half the distance, it
reaches the top of Curbar Edar, whence a splendid view up and down the
Derwent valley breaks upon the eye. At the very top, to the right of the
road, is one of the old stone pillars which served as guides in the pack-horse
days, before the moors were enclosed. It bears an inscription on all sides, the
decipherer whereof would be more clever than ourselves. The rock-scenery
to the right of the Edge is very wild.

At the top of the Edge the road is crossed by one of the Duke of Rutland's
Drives (p. 52). It then makes an abrupt descent through the hamlet of Curbar
into the Baslow and Hathersage road, which it enters close to the new Church
of CaVoer and just opposite the Bridge Inn (p. 129). Hence to Stoney Middleton
is li and to Eyam 3 miles. This is a pleasant alternative route for those who
are familiar with the main ones. (Path to Baslow under the Edge. >

Just beyond the divergence of the Curbar Edge route, one of the aforesaid
grass-drives leads in a short mile to a sandstone cross inscribed "Wellington,
lfififi." whence there is a charming view down the Derwent valley (see p. 52).
Behind it is the Eagle Stone, a huge isolated block.

Gritstone crags and boulders, lying in the most admired confu-
sion now diversify the bare hill-side, and the new-born stream,
babbling louder and louder as it leaps from stone to stone, is a doubly
welcome fellow-traveller after the dead silence of the moor, broken
only by the whirr and " quck — qu-r-r-r-r " of a disturbed grouse or
two. Presently, Baslow with its numerous inns, and its handsome
Hydropathic overlooking the village from an eminence on the
right, appears below us. A few yards short of it is the main
northern entrance to Chatsworth Park. For a description of the
village, see p. 52. The inns in this part of it are the Royal, the
Wheatsheaf, and White's, while a little further on the Peacock, with
its trimly kept coat of ivy, offers equally good accommodation to
those who wish to reach Chatsworth with as little delay as possible
from this direction. Chatsworth House is a good mile from the
entrance-gate, and besides the main drive there is a footpath to it
from the loop of the road to the left beyond the inns.

For a full description of Chatsworth, seep. 23.

Sheffield to Baslow by Owler Bar and Froggatt Edge.

Sheffield (New Market) to Owler Bar (Peacock Inn), 8 m. ; Chequers
Cottage (Froggatt Edge), 12§ ; Calver (Bridae Inn), 14; n


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