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Walk along the Derwent: from Derby to the Queens Head, Little Eaton.

Last Summer, I walked the Length of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, from Ladybower Reservoir to the Derwent Mouth. This includes a section which runs through Little Eaton and into Derby. (See Day5).  At the time The Queen’s Head at Little Eaton was closed but due to be taken over by the wonderful Derby Brewing Company. It is now open and doing a roaring trade and provides a good destination for a walk. So a few of us set off from Derby yesterday for the 4 1/2 mile walk.

We started along the Derwent behind the Silk Mill, passed these derelict flats:

 

 

It is criminal that these properties have been allowed to remain empty and become derelict.

View along the Derwent from the subway under the ring road:

Yep, I like bridges. Here is the old railway bridge which is now part of a footpath linking 5 Lamps area to Chester Green:

At this point the path takes you past the rowing club and into Darley Park. I didn’t take any pictures here in the Summer as my batteries went dead. I have since got a more efficient camera (thank you santa) which I am still getting used to. Here is the Derwent as it runs through the park:

The path takes you through the park, following the river to Darley Abbey and across the river at the toll bridge. Although there is a sign saying there is a £1.00 toll but in the 26 years of living in Derby I have never seen a toll being charged.

The river here at the weir was high and fast running:

The Derwent was considerably quieter in the Summer:      

I was disappointed that Oink, the Water Buffalo, was in a field rather than on public display as he had been in the Summer;

  but we did see a mighty fine cockerel;

The path then continues along a flood meadow which is used to produce turf and passed a loop in the Derwent called (according to the map) Holme Nook.

Here is a view, looking backwards towards the church at Darley Abbey;

My intrepid companions walk ahead as I dally over taking photos-

 

Time to get a move on. Under the A38 and, in the Summer, I had to join the Alfreton road at the Little Eaton island. However a helpful person working on a digger showed us an alternative path, on through the flood meadow. The main crop here is, well,

skips. The path seems to disappear but we persevered and found some relatively new gates. A short walk along the road and we reach our destination:

Over a welcome drink- or two, or was it….never mind- we all agreed that this was a pleasant, undemanding walk with a rewarding destination. A bus, which stops just across the road from the pub took us effortlessly back to Derby.

Highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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