The beautiful village of Froggatt in the Derbyshire Peak
District is a small but perfectly formed place; a cluster of stone houses on
narrow lanes, nestling beneath the mighty gritstone escarpment of Froggatt
Edge. Froggatt lies on the banks of the
River Derwent, and one of the landmarks of the village is the 17th Century
stone arched bridge that spans the water.
There has been a settlement in this location for centuries. The land and properties forming the village was originally held by the manor of Baslow, until it was purchased in the 1200s by the Bassets. At this time a document noted the community as being called ‘Froggegate’, and by the end of the century it was ‘Froggecotes’.
Although Froggatt’s population is small today (the
population of the civil parish at the last census was only 204), it has a
vibrant, close-knit community. Locals
and visitors alike come together every August for the Froggatt Show, held
alongside the river. There is a Wesleyan
Reform Chapel in the village, but no other churches or shops.
The cosy country pub located on the edge of the village, The
Chequers Inn, is well worth a visit. It
serves wonderful food and is dog-friendly.
Froggatt is surrounded by stunning countryside, and there are numerous lovely walks in this area. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way runs through the village, and there are picturesque riverside paths that lead one way to Calver or in the other direction to Grindleford.
Towering over the village, Froggatt Edge is a favourite place
for climbers and hikers, and affords fantastic views over the surrounding
countryside. The edge runs on to Curbar Edge
and then Baslow Edge, forming part of the famous ‘nine edges’ that run along
the Hope Valley and Derwent Valley in this part of the Peak District.
At the top of the Froggatt Edge is a wonderful expanse of
heather moorland, bright purple in summer.
The paths that run along the top and bottom of the edge are covered in
sand created from the underlying gritstone, erorded over millennia.
In common with many of the gritstone edges in the Peak District, Froggatt Edge was used as a source of millstones, and a number of half-completed millstones can still be found abandoned at the bottom of the edge.