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Mainly along well established footpaths and surfaced paths, which provide good views of the countryside around Little Eaton. There are some short, but fairly steep ascents and descents on this walk of about four miles. Parts of the walk can be quite muddy and slippery after rain. The starting point for the walk is St Paulís Church; nearby parking is available in the village streets, but please park considerately. Little Eaton is located on the B6179, just to the north of Derby. Easy access is available from the A38 both on the northern and southern sides of the village.    




1.                   Walk up Vicarage Lane, in front of St Paulís Church, until when the houses end and the road bends to the right, go over a stile on your left, signed for Rigga Lane.

2.                   Continue ahead along a well trodden path, which soon enters an area of woodland. Maintain the same direction, keeping to the main path as it leaves and re-enters the wood.

3.                   After descending a slope and reaching a farm access track, turn sharp left and continue descending, until you reach the Duffield Road.

4.                   Turn right and walk along the footpath by the road for 350 yards, before turning left down the path that runs alongside the drive to Peckwash Mill.

5.                   Follow the path round to the right, alongside the perimeter wall to the mill.

6.                   When the wall ends, continue in the same direction across two fields, keeping close to field boundaries on your right.

7.                   Just before reaching the end of the second field, go over a stile and walk along a narrow path to the road, the Bridge Inn being on your left.

8.                   Go to the right up the road for about 100 yards. Immediately after passing the Gate House, turn left to walk in front of a row of cottages.

9.                   At the end of the row of cottages turn right up a steep slope, signed for Whittaker Lane, cross a cul-de-sac and continue up a flight of steps.

10.               Having reached the top, follow an obvious path through an overgrown field and go through a stile in the top right hand corner.

11.               Keeping close to the hedge on your right cross the next three fields. In the fourth field continue still keeping close to the hedge, before going over a stile in the right hand corner.

12.               Walk along a woodland path, ignoring the footpath on your left, a few yards later go over a stile on the right, signed for the Midshires Way.

13.               Turn right and walk for 50 yards across a field, before going left for a similar distance alongside a wood. Where the boundary to the wood swings to the left, continue straight on down a discernible grass track to a stile at the bottom of the field.

14.               Continue in the same direction to a stile in the corner of the second field. Turn left in the third field and keep close to the hedge to reach a stile near the left hand corner.

15.               Follow the obvious path through more fields, keeping close to the hedge on your left, until you are opposite Park Farm, where you go over a stile on your left.

16.               Cut across the corner of the field and after about 70 yards go over a stile on the right, which takes you down an enclosed path.

17.               Turn right at the bottom of the path along the driveway to a house and cross a stile and follow the path through woodland, keeping close to the left hand edge of the wood.

18.              On reaching the access road to Park Farm, go to the left and follow the road round back to Little Eaton, partly along the same route you used earlier in the walk.    




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Allestree Park is the wildest and most scenic of Derbyís parks. A nine-hole course golf was established there in 1948, and extended to 18 holes in 1955. The lake constructed in 1825 for Sir William Evans of Allestree Hall, partly surrounded by tall trees, provides a wonderful habitat for wildlife.  

Derwent Valley Visitor Centre (Tel. 01773 880474) situated in North Mill where superb displays of hand spinning wheels, Hargreavesís Spinning Jenny and many more exhibits bring this old mill back to life. This is an exhibition not to be missed. Open March to October, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1-5pm. November to February Ė Weekends 1-5pm.

Denby Pottery Visitor Centre (Tel. 01773 740799) offers factory tours Monday to Thursday (booking essential). The museum, cookery emporium and factory shops are open daily. Restaurant facilities are available.





New Inn (01332 831311) is a large modern public house situated on the Duffield Road near the centre of the village. Food served Monday to Saturday 12 Noon to 9pm and Sunday 12 Noon to 8pm.


Derby Garden Centre (Tel. 01332 831666) situated on the southern outskirts of Little Eaton, this popular garden centre and tearooms is rapidly becoming a favourite with local people since its re-development earlier this century. Open daily a wide range of hot and cold meals and snacks are available.






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Little Eaton situated four miles to the north of Derby, lies between the River Derwent on the western and the A38 Bypass on the eastern side of the village. It has expanded rapidly in recent years as a commuter village, but still does retain a measure of independence with two busy industrial estates, one between the New Inn and Clock House, and the other close by the former station goods yard.


The villageís industrial past goes back a long way. There was a working corn mill on the site of the present Peckwash Mill in the 13th century. By the 17th century the mill had turned to paper making under the ownership of Thomas Tempest, but also continued to grind corn until 1793. The mill was rebuilt with turbines replacing water wheels, and it became one of the biggest papermills in the country. A magnificent brick chimney was erected in 1895, but this led to a local man getting a permanent injunction preventing the emission of smoke from the chimney. This resulted in the business going into liquidation.



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