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Walk Derbyshire – Foolow & Silly Dale

There are no records of any simpleton, either in Foolow or Silly Dale; both names come from Anglo Saxon English and have entirely different meanings than in today’s language.  Foolow means multi-coloured hill, possibly a reference to nearby Eyam Edge. Silly is Old English for pretty, an apt description of this little-known dale, especially in […]

Derbyshire Walk – Tissington

I had visions of Michael Fish, the man whose forecast about there being no danger of hurricanes, went as his Scots forebears would have put it; ‘gone aft a’gley’.  In my case it was a completely wrong interpretation of the forecast. According to a weather map in the Guardian a day or so before the […]

Walk Derbyshire – A Walk over 2 Dales

The dales this walk covers are within a mile or two of each other and even though they join later, both are entirely different in character.  Their names are the Manifold and the Dove. Their character is mostly determined by the rocks over which their rivers flow; gritstone shales for the Manifold and carboniferous limestone […]

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 […]