A short walk around Calver Peak visiting Longstone Edge
We parked at the side of the recreation ground at the main crossroads in Calver village, before walking a short way along the A623 towards Stoney Middleton.
After about approx a quarter of a mile we crossed the road and walked west along the lane besides the playing field and entered Coombs Dale.
We stayed on the tarmac'd lane steadily ascending through the dale passing a number of small disused quarries and finally the shut up Sallet Hole Mine, before passing under Rough Side and left the dale at Black Harry Gate.
This is a major junction with numerous footpaths, bridleways, old byways and the modern quarry track, serving the main fluorspar quarry.
We headed south, leaving the wide quarry track and following the bridleway up the hill, eventually coming out on High Rake, an old byway, on the top of Longstone Edge.
After a welcome break we then descended the southern slope of the Edge and onto cattle grazing land where we turned east and picked up the old lane that leads up to Beacon Rod.
Before getting that far though, we turned off right onto the footpath across Hassop Common.
This was very hard going, with a steep side slope to contend with and a very overgrown path, before another quarry forced us to the top of the hill and onto an old byway, Bramley Lane, which we then followed downhill before turning off and passing through North Cliff Plantation and Peak Pasture.
The path then brought us down onto the Hassop Road and back to where we parked.
Date Walked: 22Sep14
Distance: 7.0 miles