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 – Wild Camping – Bamford Edge

My friend Ray and I decided to head out for a last minute camp when we noticed the weather was due to be favourable. We grabbed our army issue bivvy bags, picked up a few beers and headed out to enjoy what was to be one of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen. The location for the wild camp this time was Bamford Edge in the Peak District. The music used in this movie is an unnamed creation that I made a few years ago with Propellerheads Reason.. I'm a big fan of Enigma so the track was made Read more [...]

Richard Arkwright – Masson Mill

After walking the Derwent Valley Heritage Way I am now on a continued mission to educate myself in all things Arkwright. The next location on my list was Masson Mill, I have visited before many years ago but that was only to browse the shops that are now part of this diversified mill. Masson Mill sits in between Matlock Bath and Cromford at the northern end of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, It is the crowning jewel in Sir Richard Arkwright's cotton milling achievements and Read more [...]

Richard Arkwright – Cromford Mill

Sir Richard Arkwright's Mill Number 2 at Cromford I'm fascinated by history, by the great things people have achieved and by the stories they have left behind. While I type this I immediately think back to one of my trips to Australia, I had been researching the history of that great land and knew that I had to visit Botany Bay where Captain James Cook first landed on saturday 28 April 1770. As I sat there alone by the water's edge at La Perouse in deep thought I could just picture the ships out in the bay... Thankfully back in blighty if I want Read more [...]

Derwent Valley – Ambergate, Cromford, Matlock Bath & Matlock

West Highland Way 2011 is now less than 2 weeks away, this year it will just be Ray and I and we have been making the finishing touches to what gear we will be taking. As we had two days free we decided to go for a wander over a good distance and tackle some of the terrain we can expect again on the WHW this year. No need to go all the way to Scotland for that as Derbyshire has a lot to offer in terms of routes and terrain. We had decided to head down from Swanwick to Ambergate then up through Read more [...]