Derwent Valley Heritage Way. Day2- Hathersage to Rowsley.
Check moving body parts. All seems fine.
Did you know that a traditional “Full English” includes smiley faces potato cakes? Me neither..
Walk starts in an open area
before entering Coppice Wood.
and Calver Mill,
used in the filming of Colditz.
The next part of the walk takes us along side the Goit -channel of water to feed a mill- to Calver. This area is the setting for Stephen Booth’s thriller “The Devil’s Edge.” Fortunately I did not come across any corpses……..
The path moves away from the Derwent at this stage and, apart from a short foray into St Mary’s Wood,
is fairly dull. The last part of this section of the walk is along a road round Baslow.
This Watchman’s guard house at Bridge End was an early form of neighbourhood watch. Fortunately empty so I was allowed in. The outskirts of Baslow is like a suburb of Chatsworth whose wealth and influence in the area still seem to hold sway.
Through this kissing gate- adapted for wheelchair users-
At this stage I should admit that I was dressed for the expected Derbyshire weather- rain. In fact over the whole six days, not a drop fell. Instead it was hot and, for the most part, gloriously sunny.
This mill- working until 1952- marks the end of Chatsworth Park.
are clear and easy to follow. At certain places though the signs seem to disappear. One such is place is on leaving Chatsworth and going towards Carlton Lees. The Jarrold Walking Guide for this path was invaluable in guiding me through these places.
From Carlton Lees to Rowsley, the path moves away from the river, straightening out the meanderings of the Derwent. Open, this gives views across the valley towards Beeley and Beeley Moor;