Undiscovered Derbyshire - Ashover and the Amber Valley

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jan 19
2020

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£12.50
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The walk is approximately 11 miles (18km) with an elevation gain of 300m (1,000ft.). There are a number of steep sections. Some of the flatter sections may be waterlogged

The Amber Valley is a little recognised area of outstanding beauty squeezed, as it is, between the M1 and the Peak District. In the rush to explore the national park, the Amber Valley offers glorious views, industrial heritage and a rich history.

The walk starts in the pretty village of Ashover and takes us steeply up onto Ravensnest where evidence of mining is all around us. We continue to climb up steep sided valleys that open up to sweeping views across the Amber Valley.

As we make our way towards Ogston Reservoir, we pass the atmospheric ruins of Trinity Chapel built in the 13th century and a site of pilgrimage by local residents once a year.

Our walk continues to Brackenfield (with reputedly the largest village green in England) and onto Ogston Reservoir built in 1958 and the place where Dame Ellen MacArthur honed her skills.

After circumnavigating the reservoir, we head back to Ashover via the hidden valley of Overton. A beautiful valley devoid of the noise of modern life.

Back in Ashover, we have the chance to rest our weary feet in one of three local pubs.

 

Trinity Chapel
Ogston Reservior
Amber Valley
Ashover quarry
Ogston Reservoir
Amber Valley
Trinity Chapel
Ogston Reservior
Amber Valley
Ashover quarry
Ogston Reservoir
Amber Valley

Location

53.162699, -1.477249