This is an easy, level walk, the shortest in the supplement, along riverside paths by the River Derwent between Calver and the pretty village of Froggatt. The riverbank is well wooded and there are good views of Froggatt Edge, near the midway point of the walk.
From the Bridge Inn, head towards Froggatt, soon leaving the road behind to walk alongside the riverbank. On reaching Froggatt, cross the river by the 17th century bridge.
Froggatt Bridge is unusual in having a large central arch on the village side and a smaller arch on the far side. This was probably because the bridge was extended following the widening of the river, when the Derwent was dammed at Calver.
The Duke of Rutland originally owned the village, when farmers and stonemasons occupied the attractive stone cottages, but are now mostly the homes of commuters. Above the village, the edges are a popular area for rock climbers and walkers.
The return journey is along the opposite bank of the River Derwent and finally through fields to join the road leading from Calver Mill.
Length: 2.50 miles.
Start/finish: Roadside car parking near to the Bridge Inn.
Location: Off A623 Baslow to Stoney Middleton road.
Terrain: Flat easy walking, mostly along the riverbank. Can be muddy during wet weather.
1. Walk passed the Bridge Inn, and walk down Dukes Drive, the middle of three roads. The signpost indicates that it is one mile to Froggatt by road.
2. After about 250 yards where a short stretch of wall ends, turn to the left through a stile gateway along a riverside path.
3. Continue along the path by the river before eventually reaching the B6054, with New Bridge on your left, cross the road and carry straight on beside the river for about half a mile.
4. Leave the riverbank by a wall stile, turn left, and walk a short distance down the road into Froggatt with the river bridge on your left.
5. Here you can make a detour to explore this interesting little village, if you wish, before returning and crossing Froggatt Bridge.
6. After crossing the bridge, turn sharp left to walk along the other side of the river, returning to New Bridge, where you cross the road and go down an access road by two cottages.
7. The walk continues close to the river, then after reaching an open field, the path angles slightly to the right at a ‘Heritage Way’ sign.
8. At the end of the field, go through a stile to the left of Stocking Farm.
9. Walk down the farm drive, passing the entrance to Calver Mill on the left into Calver village.
10. Turn left at a ‘T’ junction of roads and cross the River Derwent by the footbridge, passing the Bridge Inn on the right, back to the starting point of the walk.
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The most attractive part of this little river valley village is hidden away behind the main A623 road. There are found charming stone cottages and smart modern houses existing in comparative harmony close by the ancient village Cross.
It was only after the first bridge had been built across the Derwent and lead mining became popular, that the village began to take shape from an isolated community of scattered dwellings. In 1778, a small mill was built close to the new bridge and this was soon followed by the building of a much larger water-powered cotton mill.
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