Duffield Castle - Bring Your Imagination

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Nov 20

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Distance 12.5 km (7.8 miles). Total ascent 292 m (958 feet). Some fields are uneven and may be boggy in wet conditions.

Duffield Castle was once one of England's largest castles, dominating Derwent Valley. The site is now an unremarkable National Trust property, but fear not, there is so much more to this walk within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, only 8 km (5 miles) north of Derby. The market town of Belper is located nearby.

The area is full of heritage from the Industrial Revolution: factory mills, a colour works, brick yard, and period cottages from a bygone age. Two local corn mills are listed in the Doomsday Book of 1086.

We walk part of the Derbyshire Portway, an ancient trackway that runs for over 40 miles through the Peak District, and past a firing range used during the Napoleonic Wars.

The once mighty Midland Railway carved its way through the valley in 1840, and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway still steams its way on a heritage line between Duffield and Wirksworth.


Distance 12.5 km (7.8 miles). Total ascent 292 m (958 feet). Approximately 5.5 hours.


Well-controlled dogs are welcome but please keep dogs under control at all times.


All images taken by the event leader with permission for ODL use.

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