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A Walk around Rowarth

The chances are that if you are not acquainted with the area, you will be thinking to yourself, ‘Rowarth, where on earth is Rowarth?’ The village of Rowarth, the subject of this month’s walk, is one of those little known places one finds from time to time tucked away in some pleasant corner of the […]

A Stroll Around Kedleston

Derbyshire’s second most important grand house, Kedleston, is a short distance from the centre of Derby.  Brian Spencer took a stroll around its park and managed to glean something of the history of this stately home. Set amidst open parkland, Kedleston Hall sits in splendour at the head of the long sweeping drive.  It was […]

Peveril Castle

Small but dramatic, Peveril Castle has dominated the popular village of Castleton for over 900 years and still makes a focal point for visitors using the village as a base whilst exploring the local area. Brian Spencer recently browsed amongst its ancient stones. The Hope Valley has attracted settlers since Bronze Age tribesmen built a […]

A Three Bridges Walk

The three bridges either crossed or viewed on this walk are all venerable. Two once carried commercial traffic, allowing pack horses or in one case, coaches and horses to cross the River Wye dry-shod. The third is strictly not in the same category as the other two, but is in fact a viaduct that carried […]

Bolsover Castle

To many people Bolsover still evokes collieries and chemical works, but for good or bad all that is now in the past and the hilltop town and its castle has returned to its early glory.   Approaching from the M1 or Chesterfield, the road climbs steeply from the Doe Lea Valley.  This is where the […]

Lyme Hall & It’s Park

It is hard to realise that this magnificent Palladian mansion on the western edge of the Peak District is within a stone’s throw of Greater Manchester. Brian Spencer enjoyed a day there recently. A narrow road off the A6 beyond Disley winds its way through Lyme Park for about a mile.  Suddenly the hall reveals […]

Images Of Bakewell

[dropcaps]Monday has been market day in Bakewell since at least 1330 when it was confirmed by royal charter and it was important enough in Norman times to be recorded in the Domesday survey. Farmers bring their store cattle and sheep for sale and have a chat with their friends, while shoppers browse for bargains on […]

The Study, Bonsall

Nearly everyone who came into close contact with Sir Richard Arkwright seems to have found him a difficult man: his wives, his business associates and the Cromford canal promoters all found him awkward. It will occasion no surprise then, to learn that his only son experienced similar problems. Richard Arkwright junior married in 1780, the […]