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Walk Derbyshire – Riber Via the Front Door

Standing at 850 feet above sea level on an isolated hilltop, Riber Castle, to give it its acknowledged title, has dominated Matlock’s eastern skyline ever since John Smedley built it in 1862.  His idea was to make it the de-lux version of the spa hotels springing up around the town, venues of places offering accommodation […]

Walk Derbyshire – Bretton Clough

Starting from a popular pub, the Barrel Inn, which is the focal point of the hamlet of Bretton, a small hamlet high on Eyam Edge, the walk enjoys delightful views over the surrounding countryside. Wooded valleys, one of which, Bretton Clough, is the focal point of this walk.  By tradition Bretton Clough is where the […]

Walk Derbyshire – The Roaches

As a few members of my brood have a nought at the end of their birthdates this year, we decided to celebrate by holding a family get-together.  The venue decided upon was the Mermaid Inn, an old drovers’ pub high on Morridge Ridge above Leek.  Due to the change in drinking habits following the ‘drink/drive’ […]