Elvaston Castle - Ambaston - Thulston - Elvaston Castle

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The Parish of Elvaston in South Derbyshire is the location of this walk. Elvaston comprises three small villages: Thulston, Elvaston and Ambaston. Thulston is the largest of the three and has the only pub, The Harrington Arms. The parish church of St Bartholomew's is found in the village of Elvaston within the castle grounds. Ambaston is a small hamlet with only one street, close to the River Derwent. Our walk starts from the main car park at Elvaston Country Park and passes through the centre of the park and castle buildings and out into open countryside towards Alvaston. Then we walk towards the River Derwent, where we follow the Derwent Valley Heritage Way to Ambaston before leaving and making our way back towards Thulston and the park grounds at Elvaston.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
08/07/2014 - David and Lesley Fowkes

Sorry I have taken so long to comment, but had to go and look for myself. The walk is not blocked but at the same time it is not made easy. The stile from the road is clearly visible it is this you use not the small gate. The first stile which was very unstable has been removed, and replaced with the wire shown which is very slack, stepping on it makes it easy to pass. Stile 2 was completely overgrown with five foot high nettles due to lack of maintenance and walkers, I spent half an hour clearing them and it is now passable. After the gate the path which leads to the road had lots of nettles too but I cleared them as well. Unfortunately it seems a path which the locals never walk which is a shame, if people have difficulty I can only suggest using the road ahead with a turn to the right which also leads to the Pub.

29/03/2014 - anna bolland

Did this walk about 2 months ago. Was very lovely but couldn't find the stile at point 20/21 (there was a stile there but led into a very small field containing a couple of horses so it seems the route has been blocked). This didn't represent a problem as we merely carried on down the road to the next right which led straight to the pub.

28/05/2013 - Debra Wyatt

Love this walk. Have done it twice in the last couple of months. Can get a bit busy in the country park but we always go early. Dogs can be off the lead most of the time depending on which field the farmer is using for the sheep.

16/03/2011 - David and Lesley Fowkes

Walked this one last weekend everything pretty much the same except at long last the two stiles at Waypoint 20 have been replaced with new ones the second one is slightly wobbly but much better than before.

14/02/2011 - C Smith

My friend and I have just completed this walk which was really enjoyable. We liked the route along the river, as well as all the countryside around Elvaston. We are part of a walking group and pre-walked this route, it was very easy to follow and we will be including it in our walk programme!

01/09/2009 - Andrew Maidstone

Walked 10/6/08 - Wildlife along River Derwent at point 9 is spectacular. Steps at point 10 easily missed as overgrown in Spring / Summer. Diversion now in place around field at point 17 - take care - electric fence. A gate has replaced the stile at point 20 a bit further along the hedgerow but the 2 subsequent stiles are still very difficult to traverse.

01/09/2009 - john street

walk 4721 elvaston castle, a lovely walk but could not follow from the wooden steps, tried all routes but had to retrace walk back which was dissapointing, any help to try again would be nice. john street

01/09/2009 - Adrian Perkins

David Fowkes has updated the wording at WP10. Many thanks for this David. Adrian Perkins (Admin)

25/06/2008 - David and Lesley Fowkes

1. Thanks for the compliment on the wildlife it can be fantastic if caught at the right time.

2. I have yet to see a river bank that at some point in spring/summer does not get overgrown but my instructions do say follow path for 1 1/4 miles through two wooden footpath gates and one metal one after this point I would be watching for steps on my right. I did visit this on 16/06/2008 and there is quite a bit of weed and grass but the steps are about 3ft wide wooden with gravel infill but if any problems the fishing pegs are marked with white painted angle irons driven deeply into the ground and the steps are at peg number 37.

3. Now electric fence at point 17 -may be one to watch for. If there, it does only take you a few yards off line as the crossing of the field is only about 100 yards.

4. Waypoint 20 the gate has not replaced the stile! I did query this with the farmer at time of setting up the walk this gate is for livestock and could be locked, however if you find it open I see no harm in walking through but the stile is still there and very overgrown. Now as I mentioned I think Andrew may have mistaken where the electric fence was, on leaving the road crossing the stile into field the electric fence is after the next stile this electric fence is very close to an overgrown hedgerow and the next two stiles are still in very poor condition so I have taken some action. Please find attached copy of report to south Derbyshire District Council which I sent in on 16/06/2008 I have as yet had no reply. If walking this route it is possible to miss out this path by continuing on the B5010 to the next right turn still B5010 and turn right signposted Thulston/Elvaston which takes you directly to waypoint 22 at The Harrington Arms I try to do the path if possible because it seems as if the landowner is not keen to maintain the path and may well try to get it closed so all the more reason to try and walk it. At such time as this problem is resolved I will contact you with details.

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