Heage & Pentrich -
Starting from Lower Hartshay, near Ripley, this walk took us up both sides of the valley of the River Amber, into two historic villages and the surrounding countryside. A good crowd turned out in fine weather for 6½ miles led by Royce Drew.
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A lovely warm early June day (if only they were all like this!), and a good crowd of walkers gather round at the start of the walk, at Lower Hartshay, for a brief briefing on the day ahead by our leader Royce.
Heading down the Cromford Canal, we soon came to the Starvern (or Starvehimvalley) Bridge.
The Cromford Canal was approved in 1789 and fully open in 1794. It ran from Cromford
(of course) to Langley Mill, where it joined with the Erewash Canal. The Friends
of the Cromford Canal hope that they can re-
The Starvern Bridge is one of the originals from around 1792, and it’s a lovely spot.
The intrepid ramblers cross the bridge and then start to climb to the hill to Heage.
There has been a windmill in Heage since at least 1791.
After significant damage in the 1890s it was built, but fell into disrepair in the twentieth century.
It is now run by a charitable trust, and is fully operational, as well as being a
Walking on from Heage, back down the hill, we had a magnificent view across the Amber Valley.
If you look closely, you can see Crich Stand on the right of the picture. Over towards
the left there are two huge cranes, currently working on the site of the new Severn-
Back down in the bottom of the valley and time to go up the other side.
The main Sheffield to Derby railway line comes along the valley, but fortunately Network Rail had just opened their new pedestrian bridge, specially for us.
Over towards Pentrich, we passed (still in the valley) the old Pentrich Mill, which was rebuilt in 1878 after a fire.
(It is on the road from Buckland Hollow towards Oakerthorpe.)
Then up hill all the way to the village of Pentrich -
Parts of St Matthew’s church date back to the twelfth century.
A short rest outside the Dog Inn -
Pentrich is famous for being the site of the last armed insurrection in England,
which took place in June 1817, and which saw three of the ring-
All around the village, there are plaques such as this to commemorate the 1817 uprising or “revolution”.
The rebels, determined to capture Nottingham, managed to get as far as Giltbrook, near Kimberley, before they were routed by waiting military forces.
It’s amazing what you can learn when you go for a walk!