Altitude 307m a.s.l
Dangling on The Eaglestone © robin mueller
Baslow is a quiet little backwater, lacking any of the great classics of its near neighbours. It has long been a neglected venue, mainly frequented by explorers looking for an escape from the busy cliffs further north. Despite this, Baslow is worthy of a visit for a little peace and quiet. The edge consists of a scattered set of buttresses, and the occasional small quarry, stretched out over more than a kilometre of hillside. The outlook is pleasant and in the autumn the slope below the cliff is loaded with bilberries. There a decent selection of low grade routes here, but awkward access along the base of the cliff (in places) and occasionally difficulties in locating solid belays above the cliff, plus a smattering of loose rock means that the place is not as ideal for beginners as it first appears.
The setting is typical of the Eastern Edges: quick-drying, exposed to the afternoon sun but affected by bad weather. Its relatively low altitude, and some tree cover encourages lichen growth so the rock can be green, especially in the winter.
There is an extensive Pay and Display car park at Curbar Gap, and some free lay-bys on the road that runs down to Curbar Village. A good path runs along the top of the cliffs and most the buttresses are best reached from above because of the lack of a good path underneath. The cliff-top track splits right from the main track just beyond the gate.
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