South Darley Parish

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Starting and finishing at the Three Stags pub, the walk first climbs Oker Hill, with its extensive views in all directions. Once the site of a Roman fortlet, it is now famous for its hilltop sycamore, the stuff of local legend and the subject of a Wordsworth sonnet.

The walk then descends to the village of Oker and the River Derwent, before going on to the picturesque hamlet of Snitterton, with its Jacobean manor-house (now a private home) and its bullring, set into the road in the centre of the village.

From here the route climbs above Wensley Dale – look back for views of Snitterton Hall - to an area of extensive sixteenth-nineteenth century lead workings before descending into the dale again. The route then skirts the village of Wensley and descends through Cambridge Wood into what was, in the nineteenth century, the largest lead mine in Europe.

The area is dominated by a modern lead smelter's.

The walk ends with a section through attractive mixed woodlands back to the start.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, River, Wildlife
05/03/2013 - Iain Archibald

At point 17 the words suggest turning right on the road to get back to the start. Perhaps I'm missing something, but as I walk south-ish from point 16 and then north east-ish from 17 I assume the turn will be left! Tell you after the weekend when I may try it!

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