Holloway - Wakebridge - Crich - Whatstandwell

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This full-of-interest walk starts from the village of Holloway (of Florence Nightingale fame). The path goes above the village where a wide panoramic view is seen of the Derwent Valley. Further on, the tower on Crich Stand can be seen with the Tram Museum set below in the quarry.

Passing over part of the tram track belonging to the museum, we head upwards to arrive at the tower on top of Crich Stand, dedicated to the fallen in the two world wars. Here will be found 360-degree panoramic views. Further on we enter the little village of Crich and descend through scenic fields to unique Chasecliff Farm, where a vast array of different 'models' of feathered farm livestock may be seen at close hand. If a bird similar to a peahen follows you down the lane on the other side of the farm, just pick it up and put it back over the farm wall. I had to put it over three times before it got the message.

Then this pleasant walk drops down an ancient path to the Cromford Canal, where a lovely, serene walk along the towpath where many baby ducks will be seen (in the spring) as you make your way back to the car. The walk finishes with a delightful stroll through a deer-park with a solitary Llama also present. Just before passing through the final deer-park high gate, Florence Nightingale's home will be seen over on the left. This walk is ideal in the spring because of the many bluebell areas in the woods.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Countryside


Birds, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Hills or Fells, Pub, River, Stately Home, Wildlife
5/3/2021 - John RICHARDSON

We repeated the walk in better weather and is now added to our favourites list.

11/29/2020 - John RICHARDSON

A lovely walk full of variety. Unfortunately we did the walk during Covid lockdown so were not able to sample the coffee at the war memorial but we will be back to do it again. We will be adding this walk to our list of favorites.

5/4/2015 - Ian Cutler

Just completed the walk the right way round, but preferred it in reverse. An excellent walk really, whichever way you do it. Food and drink should be taken at the bench on top overlooking the derwent valley, great view here!

5/2/2015 - Ian Cutler

Just completed this walk in reverse and started from Crich, (half way round) Thoroughly enjoyable, we have lived in nearby Fritchley 5 years ago for two years and knew nothing of this walk. Wonderful views, easy paths, directions as described but covered 6.68 miles The steep climb back up to Crich has a hand rail for one to lean on and some breath back. Will do this the correct way round and I'm sure it will be completely different.

6/4/2011 - Mangal Mistry

I did this glorious walk on a glorious day on 03/06/11. Panoramic views of Derwent Valley (right from the start to finish) will take your breath away. Even the walk along the serene, disused Cromford canal was wonderful with plenty of bird life, amazing vegetation, flowers, insects and fungi. Crich Stand with tower on top is a wonderful place. On the beautiful sunny day, I just wanted to sit there for ever. Only thing missing was deer in the deer park. Very easy to get to and very easy to follow. You can see my photos of the walk at http://tinyurl.com/44qdoxu

9/30/2007 - Kevin Mulligan

Completed this walk in August 2007 and found it well worth the effort. Great views and interesting sites at both the Forrester Regiment Crich Tower & the Tramway Museum. Thanks

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