More from The Friends of the Ecclesbourne Way: Wirksworth meeting

This advertisement comes from a voluntary organisation that is just getting itself established. As ever, we are happy to spread the word…

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Discover this viewpoint from where you can see more than a thousand years of Wirksworth’s History

Several disparate groups including the Ramblers’ Association have come together to promote a waymarked, leafleted walking route. Almost entirely over existing rights of way it runs for 20km from Wirksworth to Duffield along the beautiful but strangely underappreciated Ecclesbourne Valley.

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The highlight of the walk will be a spur climbing incomparable Alport Height with its unrivalled views. Sometimes you can see the Wrekin (Shropshire) 85km distant. The Friends have been formed to bring this project to fruition & are working closely with the National Trust to improve access.

Gratefully rest from your walk and be served in the lodgings of a fairy tale animal alongside an eighteenth century turnpike.

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We aim not only to enhance the pleasure of walking but to encourage children to enjoy & learn from the countryside.

Meet us in the original assembly rooms of the handsome coaching inn overlooking Wirksworth’s historic market place, the Red Lion Hotel Wirksworth 1915 for 1930 on Monday 12 August. Or contact John.Morrissey2@BTopenworld.com

The Friends of the Ecclesbourne Way need YOU!

Wrekin distantly seen from Alport Height (top centre)

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