In 2012 one of our regular walkers put forward a proposal to introduce a new walk that was to be a walk through our local areas history/heritage.
The route to include visits to sites of industrial plus historical heritage. Therefore, living in a predominantly mining,area we planned to take advantage of remnants of this era……railway lines…..old “pit tips” and open cast diggings/quarries.
What a promise of a walk I hear you say!!!!
Well to be truthful this,we thought, would be a real challenge. We need not have worried. ……..
Old railway lines = Cycle and bridle tracks
Pit Tips = reclaimed and replanted with flora and fauna and walk routes incorporated into green hillsides all over the 2 counties of Notts. & Derbys!
Open cast diggings/quarries = water filled nature reserves attracting all types of wildlife and a haven for fishing enthusiasts.
Once upon a time some of the areas we planned to walk in would have resembled “lunar type landscapes”…..black from pit slurry etc…..quite frankly a land of grim and unforgiving territory that could be “smelt” from miles away. Anyone travelling north along the M1 north of J29 only had to look to their right for evidence of this.
You have to walk this route to see the wonderful landscape changes far beyond expectations. Younger types don’t believe what we tell them about how the area used to look. It a simply unimaginable to kids born post 1995ish.
On top of the landscape we pass some of the countries finest stately homes and an historic castle………these are:
Sutton Scarsdale Hall
Walk designed by Scott Ellis — first walked by the LSW in 2013
2022 Hertiage Route Draft (March 2022)
Section 1 – Whitwell – Heath – 11.9 miles (1)
Section 2 – Heath – Teversal- 6.2 miles (1)
Section 3 – Teversal – Pleasley Vale Mills – 5.8 miles (1)
Section 4 – Pleasley Vale Mills – Shirebrook Pear Tree – 5.3__ miles
Section 5 – Shirebrook Pear Tree – Cuckney 4.8 miles
Section 6 – Cuckney to Holbeck 2.5 miles
Section 7 – Holbeck to Whitwell – THE END 3.69
Please be aware that Map 2 shouldn’t have the long straight line. I am not sure what happened to Joe whilst creating the map. It will give you something to discuss and create interesting theories for whilst out walking.
Map 1 – Whitwell – Heath – 11.9 miles (1)
Map 2 – Heath – Teversal- 6.2 miles (1)
Map 3 – Teversal – Pleasley Vale Mills – 5.8 miles (1)
Map 4 – Pleasley Vale Mills – Shirebrook Pear Tree – 5.3__ miles
Map 5 – Shirebrook Pear Tree – Cuckney 4.8 miles
Map 6 – Cuckney to Holbeck 2.5 miles
Map 7 – Holbeck to Whitwell – THE END 3.69