Derbyshire Record Office have received the following communication and are pleased, as ever, to pass the word on:
“The Friends of the Ecclesbourne Way need YOU!”
Did you know that:
Duffield was the headquarters of an extensive Royal Forest & that its traces can still be made out as we walk in our local countryside?
From Alport Height you can see the Wrekin (Shropshire) 85km away? (see picture)
That limestone was laid down in huge amounts & in very pure form when the future Wirksworth was still south of the equator & underwater?
Several disparate groups including the RA have come together to promote a waymarked, leafleted walking route.
Almost entirely over existing rights of way it runs for 18km along the beautiful but strangely underappreciated Ecclesbourne Valley.
We aim not only to enhance the pleasure of walking here but to encourage children to enjoy & learn from the countryside.
The highlight of the walk will be a spur climbing incomparable Alport Height with its unrivalled views.
The Friends have been formed to bring this project to fruition & are working closely with the National Trust to improve access there.
Come to our first public meeting, at the Patternmakers Arms Duffield
1915 for 1930 on Thursday 18 July