Valley to Valley Derbyshire Walk
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Starting with stunning views from Alport Heights we will traverse the valley on quiet county roads and farmland to the quaint town of Kirk Ireton.
Here we will stop for lunch and get warm at the Barley Mow Inn. This real ale pub in a building dating from the 17th century is like no other. Some reviews on trip advisor say it better than I could: "a quintessential glimpse into English yesteryear... but without the plague, naturally....This is a real pub. Food is not served beyond pork scratchings and thankfully children are not permitted."
After that plunge back in time, we will revisit the present, heading gently back across the valley crossing fields, farms and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.
Photo credits: Neil Theasby / "The Barley Mow Inn" in Kirk Ireton / CC BY-SA 2.0
What to bring
The path in the valley can be muddy, so I would suggest walking boots, gaters (if you have them), walking trousers and a warm waterproof jacket. A hat and gloves are recommended if the weather is cold.
Food & drink
I would suggest bringing some snacks for the walk and a thermos of tea/coffee or water at a minimum. The pub does do sandwiches but no hot food. So you can bring a packed lunch or get sandwiches there (but I will check nearer the time to make sure the 'kitchen' is open that day.)