Category: Midlands

Eyam, The Peak District’s Plague Village

My previous articles have been a celebration of happy times, or of my appreciation of wonder and beauty. This article is slightly different in that respect. It does feature a very beautiful place, the village of Eyam in the Peak District. However due to village’s connection with the plague in the 17th century, there is much sadness to be remembered too when focusing on the place. I have been to the Peak District many times and I often go and visit the village of Eyam because of its interesting history. I began my most recent visit with a walk...

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Kedleston Hall – Parkland Walks and Lakeside Views

On arrival at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, it was plain to see there’s much to explore, through the ancient parkland and along the lakeside, there is plenty of open space for all to enjoy, long walks, short walks or somewhere to picnic. We decided to combine a lakeside walk with a long walk, the weather was fine, and the views were worth every step as we explored the parkland. The long walk is a circular which is way marked and roughly 3 miles in length taking in parkland that was designed and planted between 1761 and 1776, at the centre is the stunning 18th Century,...

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Stanage Edge and Robin Hoods Cave – A Stroll in the Peak District

There’s nothing like good memories to warm the soul and an outing to Stanage Edge in the Derbyshire Peak District and discovering Robin Hoods cave will do just that, what a fun day trip, a memorable stroll with stunning views! Stanage Edge not only has pride of place in the hearts of hikers and climbers but is steadfast in my heart with glowing memories of adventures and romantic views that leave you yearning to return. Kiera Knightly in character as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice once stood upon a rock on Stanage Edge to experience freedom, and to breath in the fresh air. What a fantastic location to experience freedom and fresh air, on the edge taking in the scenery and of...

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A Derwent Dam Circular Walk in the Peak District

The Peak District for me is a constant love and magnet that is fascinating and rugged in any season, I’ve enjoyed walking in Derbyshire for most of my life and spent many happy times here with my family for well over 28 years, whether going the distance or a gentle stroll, it is all an adventure and always fun. The Derwent dam circular was again one of those memorable family days strolling along the shore of Ladybower reservoir in the Derbyshire Peak district. A short intro and a little history of the Derwent Dams; first and foremost known for its part in developing the bouncing bomb used during the second world war, the pilots of 617 Squadron used the Derwent dams to practice low level flights...

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Calke Abbey Ancient Parkland Walks Through the Seasons

My family and I love to return to Calke Abbey in Ticknall, time and time again, we seem to find ourselves discovering more trails to walk each time and uncovering more of its secrets on every visit. The house is wonderful, in fact, my favourite stately home simply because of its quirky eccentricities which show through the reclusive, quirky character of the Harpur-Crewe family.  Sir Vauncey Harpur-Crewe 10th Baronet especially so, he was an avid collector, his main collection, among many other things and his main compulsion was with his collection of stuffed animals, of which there are hundreds! Calke Abbey in Ticknall, Derbyshire is not actually an Abbey...

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A Nottingham Wander – Vibrant and Always an Adventure

As I walk through the city streets of Nottingham it’s clear to see the diversity of not only the differing architecture, but multi-cultural and multi genre mixing like a ballet. The variety of shopping areas, museums, galleries, eateries, bars and cafés are mind boggling. The choice of entertainment just explodes through the seasons with special events taking place in Nottingham’s old market square making this vibrant city come alive. A very cosmopolitan city with hidden gems.  Nottingham is renowned for its history, especially that of Nottingham castle and the legend of Robin Hood, the castle is a museum and art gallery, the castle and its grounds have been undergoing a redevelopment to ensure its full potential is met and is...

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Up Close With Fluffy White Seal Pups – England’s East Coast

Did you know that there are beaches in England where you can get up close with over 1600 fluffy white seal pups? There are 4 thriving Grey Seal pupping colonies on England’s East Coast: Donna Nook in Lincolnshire, the Farne Islands off Northumberland and Blakeney and Horsey colonies in Norfolk. I visited Donna Nook in late November, just as pup numbers were reaching their peak.   Seals, seals, as far as the eye can see. Brownish-grey adults laying on the sand intermingled with the bright white fur of newborn pups. Some pups had even opted to snooze right up against the double fence that separates seals and visitors by only half a metre. Close enough to touch – not...

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Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire – A Family Favourite

Tattershall castle has been a place for making family memories for many years since the kids were tiny and we always had a tradition of having a sword fight in the grounds, plenty of birthdays have been celebrated here too, birthday cake an all. We love the winding staircase leading up to each of the floors and up high onto the 130ft (40 metre) high battlements to see for miles across the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside and the sights from above show more of the history, looking over the vast landscape you can clearly see the lay of the land, from the double moat surrounding the castle, the lovely St Mary’s...

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