Home Tag "Days Out Derbyshire"

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

For a few short glorious weeks in early summer, the wooded hillside above the Derwent Valley at Lea is a blaze of colour.  This is when Lea Rhododendron Gardens come into their own every year. Brian Spencer tells the story of one man’s vision that has been backed up by three generations of a devoted […]

A Ride Along Midland Railway

At one time it was possible for trains to travel directly from Nottingham to Manchester without going through Sheffield. Trains laden with Nottinghamshire coal would leave the Sheffield line above between Codnor Park Station and Pye Bridge Ironville and travel through Golden Valley to Ambergate where they would join the London via Derby line to […]

Lost Houses – Stainsby House

Any reader who thinks I might have run out of substantial lost country houses to describe by now will be, I am afraid, mistaken. I may have been seduced into writing about some modest ones, but more substantial casualties are still unrecorded in this series. One of them is Stainsby House, Smalley, seat of the […]

The Dukeries

Set in and around the remains of Sherwood Forest, grand former estates of the great and the good have since the 18th century, been known as The Dukeries.  Brian Spencer takes a gentle tour through this still rural part of north Nottinghamshire. The four times married and ambitiously illustrious Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury […]

Beamish Open Air Museum

A signpost off the A693 points the way to the Beamish Living Museum of the North, a recreation of northern industrial life as it was around the turn of the twentieth century. The minor road leads past the Shepherd and Shepherdess, a Georgian public house with two romantically styled figures for its inn sign.  Beyond […]