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 [...]

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 [...]

Peak District – Derwent Valley Heritage Way

Derwent Valley Heritage Way - Canal at Shardlow For a long time now I've felt the need to walk the length of the River Derwent, simply because it has featured in many of my great childhood memories. I thought that I could call the walk "City to Source", I'd walk from Derby all the way up to Swaines Greave high in the Peak District. When I finally decided to give it a go I went online and did a little bit of research. I found that there was already a way marked route that did exactly what I wanted to do, the route in question is the Derwent Valley 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 [...]