Snake Pass to Froggatt
After the usual large breakfast at Kings Clough Farm, we headed back through Glossop and turned east up and over Snake Pass. The Pass is the highest road in the Peak District and is often blocked by snow in Winter. It is a lovely drive, but like so many British roads there is nowhere to stop to take photos. We passed the Lady Bower Reservoir, then headed south to Hope and Castleton, where we stopped for morning tea.
Mam Tor, Sparrowpit & Peak Forest
From Castleton we took a loop round the High Peak through Sparrowpit, and Peak Forest, then Eyam. The road passes through rolling farmland, full of long grass, stone fences and acres of yellow buttercup.
Eyam to Froggatt
The small, isolated village of Eyam lies across the valley from Froggatt and Froggatt Edge and you get a good view of how the gritstone "edges" dominate the skyline in the area. Froggatt is a small village now largely obscured by trees and the forest that is rapidly regenerating on the Edge.
Froggatt Edge is accessible North and South by short walks from the road. We drove through Curbar and up to the Curbar Gap where there is a small carpark and wide track south right to the edge of the sandstone bluff. From here you get extensive views across the Derwent Valley. There are the remnants of numerous quarries in the sandstone and partly formed mill stones. In earlier times, most of the men in the nearby villages must have worked in these quarries, as the 1861 census lists their occupations as stonemason or similar.
Froggatt Village and the Chequers Inn
From the Edge we descended down to the river and entered Froggatt Village. It is a collection of houses built beside the river and accessed by a bridge across the Derwent. The bridge is notable for the different widths of the spans, the bridge having been altered and extended at some time in its life. After finding Froggatt Wood, we headed to the nearby Chequers Inn for a pleasant lunch in the sun.
And on to Uttoxeter
From Froggatt we headed south, through Matlock Bath, Wirksworth, back through Ashbourne and on to Uttoxeter, where we stayed the night in a Travel Inn Hotel.
Last updated: 25/06/2017