Peak District – The Derwent Valley Heritage Way

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 55 mile route tracing the course of the River Derwent from Heatherdene to Derwent Mouth. The river begins up at Swaines Greave near Bleaklow and then flows down in to the chain of reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley. It flows in to Howden, Derwent and then Ladybower … Continue reading Peak District – The Derwent Valley Heritage Way

Peak District – Chatsworth House & Gardens

I spent many a happy day at Chatsworth playing in the river when I was younger, I've also had some great walks and bike rides around the estate. However... I've never been inside the house so I thought it was time I paid a visit. I must say I was very impressed, I'm a member … Continue reading Peak District – Chatsworth House & Gardens

Peak District – Wild Camping – Bamford Edge

My friend Ray and I decided to head out for a last minute camp when we noticed the weather was due to be favourable. We grabbed our army issue bivvy bags, picked up a few beers and headed out to enjoy what was to be one of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen. The … Continue reading Peak District – Wild Camping – Bamford Edge

Richard Arkwright – Masson Mill

After walking the Derwent Valley Heritage Way I am now on a continued mission to educate myself in all things Arkwright. The next location on my list was Masson Mill, I have visited before many years ago but that was only to browse the shops that are now part of this diversified mill. Masson Mill … Continue reading Richard Arkwright – Masson Mill

Sir Richard Arkwright's Mill Number 2 at Cromford

Richard Arkwright – Cromford Mill

I'm fascinated by history, by the great things people have achieved and by the stories they have left behind. While I type this I immediately think back to one of my trips to Australia, I had been researching the history of that great land and knew that I had to visit Botany Bay where Captain … Continue reading Richard Arkwright – Cromford Mill

Derwent Valley – Ambergate, Cromford, Matlock Bath & Matlock

West Highland Way 2011 is now less than 2 weeks away, this year it will just be Ray and I and we have been making the finishing touches to what gear we will be taking. As we had two days free we decided to go for a wander over a good distance and tackle some … Continue reading Derwent Valley – Ambergate, Cromford, Matlock Bath & Matlock