Peak District – The Derwent Valley Heritage Way

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 55 mile route tracing the course of the River Derwent from Heatherdene to Derwent Mouth. The river begins up at Swaines Greave near Bleaklow and then flows down in to the chain of reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley. It flows in to Howden, Derwent and then Ladybower before emerging to meander south towards Derby. The route itself was devised to celebrate the industrial history that has shaped the Derwent Valley over the last 300 years. Names like Sir Richard Read more [...]

Bushcraft – Chatsworth, Hob Hurst’s House & Forest Wild Camp

In this video I catch the bus to Baslow and then have a gentle stroll through the picturesque Chatsworth Estate. I follow the River Derwent down towards Beeley and then head up on to the moors to visit Hob Hurst's House which is a 3,000 year old burial mound. From there I make my way over to our usual forest camp location to meet up with Jay, Tiny and Mark. A great night was had by all and not even the rain was enough to dampen our spirits. Links Read more [...]

Peak District – Stanage Edge Walk & Chatsworth Wild Swim

Wild Swimming in the River Derwent at Chatsworth Another weekend, another wander, I'm getting rather used to this weekend walking lately. Thankfully my daughter agreed to come out in to the Peak District for a short route along Stanage Edge, only after I promised that there would be a nice cream van at the end of the walk :-). The day began with coffee in Chesterfield on the way to our proposed parking spot, I've mentioned before that I don't really walk at weekends so I have no idea of typical parking availability then. I'm used to Read more [...]

Peak District – Chatsworth House & Gardens

I spent many a happy day at Chatsworth playing in the river when I was younger, I've also had some great walks and bike rides around the estate. However... I've never been inside the house so I thought it was time I paid a visit. I must say I was very impressed, I'm a member of the National Trust so have visited lots of houses of this grandeur in recent years. Chatsworth felt really special and for me it completed another part to the story of Bess of Hardwick, Hardwick Hall is another house I have Read more [...]

Peak District – MTB & GoPro – Chatsworth Circuit

The day began with Ray and I arriving at Rowsley in the pouring rain, we met up with Andy who had brought his new Santa Cruz Bronson out to play. The route we were taking started from near Caudwell's Mill and the first ascent of the day came straight away when we headed up the lane towards Lea Moor Wood past the Peacock pub. It was a good way to get the muscles working but it made me realise I must send my old bike in for a service very soon, I had to stop to manually change the gears which left Read more [...]

Peak District – Beeley Moor & Chatsworth

Peak District - Beeley Moor & Chatsworth I sense a change coming, a change from the feeling that a walk has to be long, have lots of climbs and to feel as remote as possible. Ever since I first got in to walking these 3 aspects were essential every time I planned a route. Now days however they are not as important. Don't get me wrong, I love a big walk, the sense of achievement, that tired feeling afterwards and the mood enhancing chemicals a good exercise releases. These days it seems that the most important thing is just getting outside, Read more [...]