Walking In Derbyshire

Walk – Bretton

This year’s winter warmer walk starts and finishes conveniently at the Barrel Inn at Bretton. The inn is just one of five buildings making this ridgetop settlement which stands at 1300 feet on the moors above the plague village of Eyam. Dating back to 1597,the Barrel has an excellent reputation for good food and well-kept […]

Walk Around and Over Swarkestone Bridge

Starting with Swarkestone Bridge, there are three other historical features passed by on this walk around the Trent’s floodplain near Melbourne.  With a total ascent of only 65 feet (20 metres), it follows grassy footpaths, an old railway trail, minor roads and a quiet farm track on its way around this historical part of South […]

Walk Around Birchover & Stanton Moor

Birchover is one of Derbyshire’s true hill villages. Set well away from any major road, it owes its existence to the attractively hued gritstone still quarried nearby. While there are not quite the numbers of men and women employed in the remaining quarry than in years gone by, there are still many of the original […]

Walk Around Pentrich

It is hard to realise that this idyllic part of rural Derbyshire once harboured a group of men who in desperation tried to form an association along the lines of a self-help union.  They were driven to this by the conditions of the time, two hundred years ago when rising prices of even the most […]

Walk through Calke Abbey

Leaving the pretty village of Ticknall, it is possible to follow a series of field paths meandering through the ancient parkland of Calke Abbey to Melbourne Hall and back by field and woodland tracks.  The walk passes the tranquil waters of Staunton Harold Reservoir, and into the attractive late Georgian market town of Melbourne. We […]

Walk Derbyshire – Crich Chase

Scrub woodland and lush grazing along a hillside climbing above the Derwent Valley was once part of a thousand acre hunting and pleasure ground used only by royalty. Established in the 13th century for King Henry III’s son the Earl of Leicester who was also called Edmund Crouchback, it became known as Beaurepaire, ‘a beautiful […]

Restaurant Reviews - Derbyshire

Restaurant Review – Anoki, Derby

Walking along the leafy, broad street leading out of the centre of Derby, the innocuous stone frontage of Anoki belies the drama of the restaurant which lies behind. Straight in through the entrance and we were greeted with a warm welcome as the waiter asked if we would like pre-diner drinks, or to be shown […]

Restaurant Review – The Old Poet’s Corner, Ashover

Ears pricked up in the office when they heard that this months dining out was at The Old Poets Corner in Ashover. So Jane was well and truly out of the frame, as Alistair, Scott and I pushed our way in to dine there. Since Kim Beresford took over the  ‘Red Lion’  in Ashover 14 […]

Restaurant Review – The Bay Tree at Melbourne

Melbourne, just south of Derby, is an elegant, historically rich, town; the narrow streets that slow the traffic down to a steady pace makes wandering around the sites and the many independent retailers, a pleasurable experience, as was the short walk from the free car park to the centre of town; where, on the corner […]

Restaurant Review – The Thorn Tree

Memory and the passage of time can play wicked tricks. Many months ago, when the prospect of balmy sunny days to come was heralded by a warm day in April, I bravely suggested that we – myself, Susan and our dachshund –  spend a day by the sea in my old holiday haunt of Mablethorpe. […]

Restaurant Review – New Bath Hotel, Matlock

Built around 1745, the Grade 2 listed New Bath Hotel stands proudly overlooking the Derwent Gorge and on to the Tor in Matlock Bath, it has been welcoming visitors for well over 250 years. Situated on the edge of Matlock Bath makes the New Bath Hotel an ideal place from which to walk into town […]

The High Peak Bookstore

“Can I come?” I would ask when my Dad announced he was going to ‘Foggy’ Bagshaws to pick up a part for his car. Moving forward half a century, it’s quite a bizarre feeling to be sitting in the High Peak Bookstore (formerly Bagshaws Garage) at Brierlow Bar on the Ashbourne to Buxton Road talking […]

Derbyshire Local Interests

Trip To Bruges Winter Market

A city made famous by the quality of its beer that was originally brewed by monks, Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because of the number of canals surrounding the city, it is called the ‘Venice of the North’  From the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries Bruges was one of the greatest commercial cities in […]

Derbyshire Antiques & Collectibles – Dinky Toys

When I was about five I was given my first Dinky Toy model car, and for the next seven or so years I became a great enthusiast for them, saving precious pocket money to buy second hand ones from a local back street junk shop. Relatives later bought me new ones, all shiny in a […]

Italy – Moving South to Cilento

Travelling along the coast from Amalfi, with the music from the Italian job running through my head we went past Paestum and its temples down to Cilento which brings a remarkable contrast in many ways. We hadn’t factored into our journey the fact it was a bank holiday weekend in Italy and therefore a planned […]

Derbyshire Antiques & Collectibles – Football Programmes

I have a confession to make: I am no football enthusiast. It’s not that I haven’t been to a football match, either. When I was about 10 and we lived in leafy outer suburban Surrey, my step-father took me to Selhurst Park to see Crystal Place versus Queen’s Park Rangers, and about twelve years later […]

Country Images Meets – Adam Penford

When Adam Penford was about six years old, he went to a panto at Nottingham Playhouse but was too scared when invited to go on stage with other children to join in the entertainment. Despite returning every Christmas, he was never asked to go up again and always regretted it. This is how he assesses […]

The Amalfi Effect

The Amalfi Coastline is possibly one of the most famous places written about in Europe. It’s not for the faint hearted as vehicles squeeze past each other and the cars seem to breathe in to get through gaps that don’t really exist. Where two cars won’t even attempt to pass, the local buses will determinedly  […]

Female Products - Tried & Tested

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Lost Houses in Derbyshire

Lost Houses of Derbyshire – Oak Hurst, Alderwasley

As one travels north on the A6 one of the less uplifting sights in an area of stunning beauty is the wire works, covering the valley floor not many hundreds of yards south of the bridge by the former Derwent Inn, now a tea-room. Should you be caught in slow traffic – fairly likely at […]

Lost Houses of Derbyshire – The Devonshire Hospital

Someone mentioned to me the other day that there were many other lost houses of historic and architectural importance apart from country mansions and town gentry houses and why didn’t I write about something just slightly different every now and again? Well, often the problem is that a paucity of images prevents one from doing […]

Derbyshire’s Lost Houses – Darwin’s House

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Full Street in Derby was known as the most fashionable place in Derby to live, the trend having been set by the construction (and serial enlargement) of Exeter House at the south end (see Country Images February 2016 or check-out on line). With the sale from 1768 of Nuns’ […]

Walton Old Hall – Lost Houses of Derbyshire

Walton-on-Trent always strikes me as a pleasant place, and sufficiently off the beaten track to have survived into the 21st century rather well. It is also known for its clockmakers, too, having been the home, almost right through the 18th century, of the Rea family, Thomas Rea (1719-1782) leaving a number of sons, of whom […]

Lost Houses of Derbyshire – Thornhill, Kingsway, Derby

This impressive Regency villa was built on an elevated site in the district of California, Derby, looking south but with an easterly vista across The Rowditch towards the town, but one later spoilt by the erection of two brickworks on the west side of the brook. It is one of three such houses, which Stephen […]

Lost Houses – Netherseal Hall

Today we know Seale, in Leicestershire until transferred to Derbyshire in 1897, as two places, Netherseal and Overseal, but this was not always the case, for at the time Domesday Book was compiled in 1086, the chief lord was Henry de Ferrers and under him it was held by a man called Robert. It is […]