Carsington & Brassington     circular via Miners Arms

Duration : 3.5 Hours  Level : Meduim      Footwear : Lighweight Sturdy

Circular walks should be quite easy to follow,  because its a kind of circle. Meaning you end up at the same spot.

My walks, whether circular, rectangular, square, always feel like a hexagon. Up and down, left and right. Im hoping my guides with photos make it easier for you. I follow routes myself when I’m planning anything for my blog.  I sometimes wish, what I follow had photos to help me.

Ok lets get back to this walk, I’ve added the “Miner’s Arms Brassington” to the title for a reason, more on this later.

“Circularish”

Park at the Sheepwash car park ( DE4 4DD) by Carsington Water. There are also lots of water activities available around this lake. Ideal summer fun with the kids.

1. Once parked your heading  northwards, so just turn and face the other way. The reservoir should be on your right.  Look for the first sign post and head towards Carsington.

The path is winding and gets a little busy with cyclists aswell as walkers. A few hundred yards you come to our second sign post on the left. Sign posted,  Carsington and Miners Arms ( Carsington ). Go through the gate and straight over the road. 

Carefully across, you continue onto the path, passing Wash Farm on the right. Head downwards, towards the Miners Arms Carsington. Take a left from here and up towards the junction.

“Straight over from here”

2. At the junction head straight over passing several cottages. Beyond a gate, the path becomes greener and you are  beneath the slopes of Carsington Pasture.

3. Continue upwards and on your left you pass a beautiful farm cottage and a field. As you pass the cottage, you go a little further ahead and come across a gate. Go through the gate and immediately right.

Walk a little further and you come across a water tub-bath- hole, I don’t know what they call them. I’m calling it a bath. So enjoy with a nice book.

“Enjoy a quick soak”

Ok all washed and clean, stay on the left continue climbing the grassy slopes to the west until you come across another green track. Passing the remains of a gap stile, then by a old stone gatepost in the next tumbledown wall before descending into the little valley.

4. Go over two stiles to cross a green lane, then follow a miners track for 200yds heading towards some old mine works. A footpath sign directs you around some limestone outcrops before arcing right towards Brassington.

Turn right at the wall stile and follow the waymarked route across the fields into the village.

5. Turn left, then immediately right up Miners Hill. STOP ✋. If your hungry or thirsty I highly recommend, the Miners Arms.

“Delicious”

Now to explain the reason why I put this pub in the title. Two words, “absolutely delicious”. The salad was very tasty and the vegan burger was the best meatless burger I have ever tasted. Delicious and highly recommended.

Ok, fed and watered take a right turn onto Jasper’s Lane, left up Red Lion and left again along Hillside Lane. Few hundred yards ahead on your right, leave the lane for a footpath. This passes more limestone outcrops. The faint lane veers right and passes the head of a green lane.

6. Climb right over the pathless wall stile. Through the next three fields the path becomes to the right, parallel to a line of wooden electricity pylons.

In the fourth field, bear right above the rock outcrops and go through the top gate. Now aim for the buildings of Longcliffe Dale Farm. After going over the next stile turn left up the road, passing the farm.

A footpath on the right then cuts a corner to the High Peak Trail, passing a electricity station and Peak Quarry Farm. Follow the track across three fields to a path junction.

Turn right through a gate along the Limestone Way. At a gate turn left through a gap stile and continue on the Limestone Way until it intersects with the High Peak Trail.

I don’t know if it was that fabulous lunch at the Miners Arms, but every gap in the wall felt like a tight squeeze. 😒

7. Anyway, back to the trail. From here turn right and your passing Harbourgh Rocks. A lot of history here and used by the bouldering and climbing enthusiastics.

8. Passing the rocks on your left, walk a few hundred yards. On your right you come to a sign post to Carsington. This descends down a small field to cross Manystones Lane.

One of many wind turbines, in this area.

Follow the wall across Carsington Pasture, then descend by Woods to a gate by a cottage.

9. “Are we there yet”, yes almost. Turn left down a little ginnel leading to the road and left again to retrace your earlier route back to Sheepwash car park. You will pass the bath tub mentioned earlier, perhaps a well deserved dip, maybe not.

Stay safe, ” keep calm and keep moving”.

Walked 13th September 2020

4:15 to Sveti

“I’m hoping it was only for religious purposes and not a burial site”.

Duration : 4 Hours Difficulty : Meduim Footwear : Lightweight sturdy grip.

The title reminded me of the cowboy film from 2007, “3:10 to Yuma”. I don’t recall ever watching the movie, but I thought it was a catchy title.

So, what is Sveti and how far is it beyond the UK. Sveti Llija Mountain is in Orebic, Croatia. At 961m above sea level its up there with the likes of Scaffel Pike in the Lakes.

Referring back to the title, 4:15 is the early morning wake up time. Those of you who have been to Croatia, will know in the summer, temperatures reach pass the 30s and it gets very hot after 830am.

We were up and packed, 2 litres of water each for myself and wifey. Along with light snacks which replaced breakfast. I believe a single 1.5L bottle each would have been enough. You save on carrying extra weight.

We set off from our apartment in Prapratno ( gorgeous ) at around 515am. The drive to Orebic was around 1hr 30mins. This was my second time driving on the opposite side of the road. The first was a brief drive in the Czech Republic.

Our start point was located a short walk from the car park near the church in Orebic. I believe there are two other routes. Just Google your choice and a quick pray might help, “amen”.

The start point seemed busy, but soon after people spread out into couples or small groups.

The climb up started around 645am, it was getting hot. I was a little conscious about the sun reaching us before we reached the summit.

The way up was steep with beautiful views across the sea and into the next village. The whole path is well marked with red lettering and dots.

At around 730am most of the path is well shaded from the morning heat. As your walking up, becareful of loose stones and make sure you take rest and drink lots of water. I had 2 quick coffees before we set off. Think that kept me from falling asleep.

“Half way relaxing point”
“Steep and rocky, so becareful”

After almost 2 hours we reached the summit and the 360 views were amazing.

“Summit, hope its not our time yet”

We didn’t spend too much time at the top, it was getting very hot and a little crowded. There seemed to be a group of walkers from Czech Republic, who asked me to take a photo. Which I’ll share on here . I love black and white photo’s and this very large family seemed happy with it.

Photo’s done, snacks eaten, it was time to head down and beat the morning heat. We chose the same route down and were a little more careful about the loose stones.

It was almost to the half way point when I came across these two beauties. Mamma and faul.

“I’m not sure if they were wild”

Beautiful animals, it was a really nice treat. I didn’t see any markings, so not 100% whether they belonged to someone or were free spirits.

The way down took a little less than the way up, but who’s counting. Either way the knees were slightly sore, I think that was mostly due to over indulging in the Croatian cuisine and filling my belly, adding more weight on my knees.

“Way down, we were briefly joined by a nice chap called Martin”

Martin, I think was his name. Nice chap, he walked down very fast and seemed like a very active person. Had a pro camera in his hand so I presumed he was a keen pro/amateur photographer.

The end was close and was a relief in one way, due to the heat and slightly sore knees. This hasn’t been an easy hike but a absolute joy.

The views are absolutely amazing and bumping into mamma horse was a bonus.

On the way back to the car Park or on the way to the start point, you have a grape field on your right. I’m sure a cheeky handful wouldn’t be missed.

Enjoy this hike and keep safe. Water, suncream, hat, sunglasses and perhaps you too will catch the “4:15 to Sveti”.

Stay safe 😉

” Take your Thyme ”

Hiked 10th August 2020

Tea for 2 @ Markeaton via Mackworth

Tea for two sounds wonderful, you just have to walk for 5 minutes from the main carpark and you come across the Organery Cafe.

Always nice in there and sometimes used to shelter people who come out for strolls around the park and not expect rain. Come on folks, don’t forget we live in the UK.

First off all lets get to the more serious question in hand, ” who’s paying ??” for the coffee. Silent but deadly, never mind.

Ok, enough goofing around, lets get back to this wonderful park. Located a short 10 minute drive from the centre of Derby. So, you could do some shopping at the INTU and leave a few hours for this relaxing walk. The main car park cost me £3.80 for 2-4 hours, which is perfect for this walk.

So lets begin, after you have paid and displayed, head towards the main recreational area of the park. You past the crazy golf and the tennis courts which are on your left.

A little further down you pass the Organery Cafe, pop in for coffee if you like. We will also be passing this on our final leg. Head towards the small bridge and turn left from there, remember your not crossing the bridge.

On your left will be public toilets, so go now unless you bought a roll with you and I don’t mean a bagel. On your right you will see kids feeding the ducks and running away from the swans , who look beautiful and elegant but have that ‘don’t mess with me look about them’.

Staying on this path and on your left will be the Craft Market entrance, another great place to visit, but not today.

A little further ahead you come to the official ( my official ) point number 1 of this walk.

I will be helping you along this wonderful walk with photos for each point, so use them for reference and hopefully get through to the final point. If not I hope you bought along the roll, I mentioned earlier.

Welcome to Markeaton Park, from the other side.

Walk through the gap and head towards the exit or a some would say ‘ the other entrance to the park’.

There is parking available here but I am not sure if its free or pay and display. A little further along you come across a bend to your left and right. If you still need a coffee or want to grab a couple of water bottles then on your left you will have the Parlour Tearooms. I did have a scone and a cup of tea in there once, it was delicious.

If you all good to continue then head to your right, your on a busy road so be careful when crossing over.

2. Lets get back to the walk, with the tearoom on your left, stay on the right hand bend and cross the road. This can a get a little busy sometimes so be careful when crossing . Unfortunately the footpaths are not the widest so you will be walking behind each other if you haven’t come alone, unlike like me😔.

Staying on the left you will be passing the Scarsdale Vets and the sign for Mundy Play Centre. A little further along you will come across to point number 3.

Point 3 is a sign for Markeaton Stone’s Farm, turn left from here and walk along a semi tarmac path and stop and admire the beautiful horse’s on the field. Just like I did, so here’s a photo.

This is where you leave behind the park and arrive into nature itself. The track becomes a little stony and you have your first gentle climb. My first experience of this walk would have been just before harvest time when the crops on your left were a few feet high.

A few yards ahead you come to a junction from here turn left onto a tarmac path and climbing towards the buildings of Vicarwood Farm.

On this path I came across hundreds, ( perhaps slightly exaggerated ) of birds, I believe they were swallows, ( please email Sir David Attenborough for confirmation, if you come across them). It was a amazing sight, though I was a little hesitant stopping and trying to take a photo. Have you seen, Hitchcocks, The Birds.

After a short stroll you come to the buildings off Vicarwood Farm, on the right side I believe is the main residents but please don’t quote me on that.

‘ I wasn’t too sure if I had to bow down or something if somebody came out. It truly does look amazing ‘.

At the bottom of the lane you come to a gate which is on the left hand side of the stable block, jump over this, joking. Open and walk along another semi grassy, stony track until you reach a second gate and junction. From here take a left and walk along the road, with a gentle climb. I did encounter a few cars, so be careful.

4.Reaching the top you come to a bend on the road with a sign on the left for Meynell Langley Gardens , pay this a place a visit the next time you have time and you won’t be disappointed. Immediately after the sign you come to a gate, enter through this and head down field staying on your right.

Staying on your right, go down towards and under a tree branch arch ( only way to describe it ) and through another small gate, or what’s left of it. I think, I saw it covered under some bushes. So where it does say, ‘ please close the gate ‘, ignore that.

Heading down the field, look across to the left and you will see Vicarwood Farm in the distance.

A little further down, head through another gate and across the field over a wooden footbridge. Just be careful and watch where you are stepping. There are lots of cute lambs to photograph, but don’t get to close Mamma won’t be too happy.

These two were giving me that, ‘ go away look ‘. As I was heading towards the mentioned footbridge, I politely said to one of the Mamma’s, ‘ Hello and I kid you not she stopped, kneeled or nobbled if that is even a word and she relieved herself. Charming Mrs Sheep.

5.Once your over the foot bridge you are onto a second field and parallel to two open gaps/gates on the far side. I have been going through the one on the far left and onto yet another field and through a closed gate straight ahead.

Staying to the right, continue forward and you will see or partly see, its slightly hidden on your right Bowbridge Fields Farm. Your onto a tarmac path, now head down ( left ) towards the end of the path onto the busy A52.

6.Welcome to the A52, stay left and stay safe. This is a busy road, every day of the year so be careful. After a few hundred yards you will walk pass a former diner, which now is a busy hand carwash, stroke car sales showroom.

After around 600 yds, you will see a sign post for Mackworth Village on the opposite side of the road, pointing down towards Jarveys Lane. Go down and up this winding road and enjoy the ruins or remains of Mackworth Castle.

I could only imagine back in the days ( 1495 ) to be precise, thank you Mr google, this being a magnificent home for the Mackworth family.

As you walk down the village lane you will notice the beautifully quaint little cottage’s, which soon disappear and you have a few beautiful modern and stylish detached houses.

7. Towards the bottom of the lane and point 7, the lane turns sharp to the right. Stay left and down a drive towards the church.

Swing past the churchyard gate and cross a stile to follow a field path towards Markeaton.

This leads to another road and with this particular church route you would have already passed Markeaton Crematorium. Perfect.

I’m just going to rewind a little and take you back to the start of point 7(The sharp turn to the right ). Ok, here goes nothing. The two time’s, I have done this walk on both occasions I kid you not, I went straight. Yes straight, no round to the right or sharp left. Just straight over a gate and onto a corn field, where I eventually reached the road mentioned earlier.

This route gives you the experience of walking past the Crematorium. I apologise to the farmer, who’s crops I might have trod on with my size eleven’s. Sorry sir !!

The bit about the church is the actual correct route which I found out after the second time. Hence no lovely close up church photo’s.

I did manage to take one snap from my made up wrong route and I’m quite happy with it.

8. Once onto the road, carefully crossover and head a little further down. Our aim is to get back to the main Markeaton park carpark ( if you parked there ). Walk down until you come across the sign for Orchard campsite. Just before this sign on your right, you will see a gap in the trees. Go through here and you will walk over a small foot bridge.

A little further along this path you will see the entrance to Markeaton gardens, with the Organery cafe a little further on the left. This is a lovely area, it was just after 12.30pm and by now a lot more people were around. Well it was sunny and most are on furlough what else can we do. I spent a good 5 minutes here and took some photo’s of the wonderful carvings and sentimental benches dotted around.

The main carpark is only a short 5 minutes walk from here and I even contemplated having a cuppa for one, but in my experience its always better having ‘ Tea for two ‘.

Take care and keep safe.

Walked 22nd July 2020.