Sunday, 31 January 2010

A Grand Day Out

Sunday we went for a walk

This Countryside Is An Industrial Landscape With Turf On It.
Part 59 in the continuing thesis.
I was going to tell you where we went but as you have a plot of about every 10m of the walk I'll just do the "on your left you can see" bit.

The Derwent Valley is a wonderful conduit of communication.
  • We parked on the A6,
  • Crossed one of Britains earliest railways and
  • Up the Cromford Canal.
This is the waterway built to connect Arkwrights original mill with the Erewash Canal and on to the River Trent. Cromford has a claim to the birthplace of the industrial revolution but so does Telford. One thing this place has is the oldest continuously operating manufactory in the world.
I'm impressed!
Lovely jumpers.
We turned off the canal towpath and headed into the hills, cut all over with quarrys and lumpy with rakes of mines. Rakes doesn't means lots like in Lancastrian but is the line of a seam worked by a series of bell pits. Once you get your eye in all of the peak is crisscrossed with these and railway lines (usually disused).
Around the back of the ridge cut by the River Derwent and a glacier or two, then drop back to the canal. The picnic lunch in Alderwadsley Park was lovely, not to cold for once as the sun kept us cozy.
Back up the Derwent and home.

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