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.

If I had to choose, I’d say my favourite parts of this walk are when the river goes through woods; glimpses, dappled sunlight, a dark smell.

From Coppice Wood towards Grindleford is more open

allowing views of Froggatt Edge.

This sign is a reminder that, though the river has a massive role in our industrial heritage, even in 1908, this path was part of a “tourist trail.” These setts

suggest that it might have been a popular path. We are now in Horse hay Coppice/Froggatt Wood, a beautiful section of the walk.

This takes us on to New Bridge

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-

and you enter the vast estate.

The river here is calm, broad and landscaped.

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.

It was good to see people enjoying the river and the sun.

This mill- working until 1952- marks the end of Chatsworth Park.

I should say something about the signage along the way. Generally, the signs for the Derwent Valley Heritage Way

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;

And so to Rowsley where I will stop the night. I haven’t walked this far (12 miles, 19.6km) in one day for many a day and was pleased to have survived this second day relatively unscathed.

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4 responses to “Derwent Valley Heritage Way. Day2- Hathersage to Rowsley.”

  1. Lee says :

    An area I know well, regularly walking there – I too enjoy the dappled sunlight you get when walking through sunlight on a sunny day.

  2. Julie n Dave says :

    Hello Pad. You are a philosophical friend. Enjoying your blog. J&D

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