We’re blessed to live in a beautiful part of the country and to highlight this myself and Allison are going to post some walks around the Erewash and Amber Valleys. Hopefully these walks will inspire you to get out and explore the area and are designed to be easy enough for most to enjoy. They should also include areas which are great for spotting wildlife. So don’t forget to pack a flask and join us on some fantastic stroll around our beautiful countryside.
Start…Park in layby next to DWT Morley Brickyard reserve.
Distance…Approx. 5 miles
Time…Allow 3 hours for a steady walk and between 4-6hours if you intend to stop and look for wildlife.
Terrain…Fields, lanes & some roads (can be muddy in places). Some minor ascents but nothing to challenging. The walk can be done at any time of year. Summer is best if you are planning to explore Breadsall Railway Cutting.
Facilities…Three Horseshoes Pub in Morley (passed at end of walk).
Follow the path through several fields heading towards Broomfield College. On the way you’ll notice stone walls.
This is almost the southern limit of stone walls in Derbyshire and these several hundred year old features are evidence of how the land was formerly divided up. They are extremely important habitats for many different species of animals, insects and plants. There is evidence as you walk along of some very ancient walls. Look for larger stones scattered within the hedgerows. The route runs parallel to the Rykneld Way, a Roman road, and these stones could date back to this time.
After several fields you’ll enter the grounds of Broomfield Hall.
Broomfield Hall is the agricultural College of Derby University. The path is clearly marked through the grounds and eventually brings you out onto the A608. Turn right here and follow the road until you reach the Breadsall crossroads. Cross the road here and head down to the Breadsall railway cuttings.
Breadsall railway cutting is one of the best sites in the county for butterflies. Over twenty species have been recorded here. It’s also very diverse in flora and fauna and is well worth spending some time exploring if you visit in the summer. Winter can be rewarding for fungus if you look around enough.
Follow the railway cutting until you are directed out back onto field verges. Follow these until you reach a minor road, cross this and head down a well surfaced track with some fantastic views over the Erewash Valley and Morley.
Cross over the Midshires way and head uphill towards Park Farm. Follow the path past the farm the cross into the field on your left and follow it downhill towards a small plantation. There’s a nice little pond down here that looks like it might be good for invertabrates.
All that remains now is to turn left passed the pub and walk back down the lane to where we started.
Hopefully you’ll have enjoyed the walk and seen plenty of wildlife too.
Bye for now.
Paul & Allison.