Hatton - Tutbury - Hanbury - Fauld Crater - Hatton
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From Hatton and Tutbury Station, we first cross from Derbyshire to Staffordshire over the River Dove. In 1831, a treasure trove of 100,000 coins, thought to have belonged to Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, was found by workmen just beneath this bridge. Once over the river, we enter the handsome and historical market town of Tutbury. Tutbury is dominated by the ruin of the magnificent 11th Century castle perched high on a hill above the town and we have the opportunity to visit later in the walk.
On our way, we walk through the churchyard of St Mary's Church. Be sure to look behind you as you pass, or you may miss the striking Romanesque arch. To quote Simon Jenkins (of Channel 4's 'England's Thousand Best Churches'), Tutbury has 'as fine a Norman west front that adorns any English church'.
From Tutbury, our walk takes us across predominantly pasture and meadow to the fine village of Hanbury. Whilst the parish church here isn't on our route and is no match for that of Tutbury, it's well worth searching out for its setting overlooking the Dove Valley and the fine cottages and rectory beside it. Returning to our route brings us to the Cock Inn, where a fine lunch or drink can be had.
From Hanbury, our next port of call is the Fauld Crater. The 400ft-deep, 12-acre crater is the site of the largest explosion ever to have happened in Britain. It was caused by the accidental detonation of a store of 4,000 tons of high explosive in 1944; easily said, but the sheer scale of the explosion can only be appreciated by visiting the crater itself, well worth the short diversion from the route.
The return leg provides us with views over the Dove Valley as we drop to the River Dove. Once past the impressive weir that maintains the head of water for the mill fleam, we follow the river back to Tutbury and Hatton and the end of the walk. The views of the castle from here are probably as good as any and look out for heron along this stretch.
England - Central England - Staffordshire - Countryside
Ancient Monument, Birds, Castle, Church, Gift Shop, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
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