Discover valley in new walking book

NEW BOOK: Walks around the Derwent Valley are featured in a new publication by Derbyshire author Denis Eardley.
NEW BOOK: Walks around the Derwent Valley are featured in a new publication by Derbyshire author Denis Eardley.

Walkers are invited to discover one of the country’s finest assets – with a new walking guide of the Derwent Valley.

Dramatic scenery and heritage sites are brought to life in the book by Derbyshire resident Denis Eardley – and the Mercury has a copy to give away to one lucky reader.

Mr Eardley brings together his love of walking and history in his latest publication – Derwent Valley Walks – to give visitors a chance to find out more about the unique valley and World Heritage Site.

Although only 60 miles in length, the Derwent Valley played an important role in the Industrial Revolution and is the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.

In 2001 the site running from Masson Mills in Matlock Bath to the former Derby Silk Mill, was awarded World Heritage Status. It is the only World Heritage Site in the East Midlands.

Each chapter of the guide features a different walk, with a map, photographs and information on local conveniences, refreshments and other places of interest in the area.

Every route offers the option of a long walk or a shorter version and the book also gives details on various landmarks and historic sites.

Mr Eardley said the walks are suitable for both long distance hikers and those just looking for a short stroll.

Altogether there are 20 linear walks and ten circular.

Routes include Calver, Baslow and the Edges. The book also features the villages and communities around Chatsworth as well as information on Joseph Paxton, acclaimed architect and head gardener at Chatsworth.

A chapter on walks along the Derwent from Rowsley to Matlock also features Sir Jospeh Whitworth and his influence in Darley Dale.

Matlock mill owner John Smedley is also detailed in the publication as well as leading entrepreneur of the Industrial Revolution, Sir Richard Awkwright.

Mr Eardley, who is retired has written three books, Around Wirksworth, Wirksworth and the surrounding area and Villages of the Peak District.

To be in with a chance of winning the book send your name, address and contact number on a postcard to Matlock Mercury, 4 Firs Parade, Matlock, DE4 3AS.

The book can be purchased from local book shops for £9.99.