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 [...]

Cromford Canal – Cromford to Langley Mill – History Walks

Cromford Wharf This is the first video in a series i'm going to call History Walks, this instalment sees me walk the entire length of what was once the Cromford Canal in Derbyshire. The Canal once stretched some 14.5 miles from Cromford in the Derwent Valley to Langley Mill in the Erewash Valley. The 33 minute video documents my journey along this iconic waterway, I traced the original route as closely as possible and show you some of the highlights along the way. I hope you enjoy it 🙂 If you would like 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 [...]

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 [...]

Peak District – River Derwent & Grinah Stones

Upper Derwent Valley - Summer Heather The summer holidays are over, the kids are back at school and that means more hill time for me. I really enjoyed the 6 weeks holidays with my daughter this year, we spent a fabulous week in Northumberland, did a Wild Camp up near Bamford Edge, Cycled the Monsal Trail and did a few local walks. That did mean however that my time has been limited when it comes to updating PeakRoutes.com. Over the coming weeks I will add more posts and images from those days out. Today's little wander was another 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 [...]