Flat fields and long views are all part of this satisfying walk, starting from the West Derbyshire village of Doveridge. The village sits just inside the Derbyshire-Staffordshire border. Farming still plays an important role in the area. The land is relatively productive, much more so than in large tracts of north-western Derbyshire.
After leaving Doveridge behind, you walk down a long lane towards Holtwood Farm, before turning off through the fields. There are good open views and Doveridge Church is soon seen on the horizon. As you approach the village the tops of the houses come into view.
The route is straightforward to follow, with good signage and stable stiles that are easy to cross. Doveridge Preservation Society takes great pride in looking after the footpaths in the parish and ensuring they are kept up to a good standard.
Doveridge Mill was mentioned in the Domesday Book; it was situated just below the church and was fed by a mill stream from the River Dove. It was demolished in the 1970s. Nearby the footpath suspension bridge over the Dove has been well maintained.
Length: 4 miles.
Start/Finish: Sand Lane on the roadside near Doveridge Village Hall.
Location: Doveridge is two miles east of Uttoxeter, follow the signs for the village from the A50.
Terrain: A flat easy walk that leaves Doveridge by a quiet lane and continues across fields. Good open views for most of the way, with the bonus of a short diversion to view the well maintained footpath suspension bridge over the River Dove and perhaps to cross to the other side into Staffordshire.
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PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY
Sudbury Hall (Tel. 01283 585305) is a National Trust property famed for its superb plasterwork ceilings and Grinling Gibbons carvings. Please telephone for opening details or visit website.
Tutbury Castle (Tel. 01283 812129) dominates the surrounding landscape, with excellent views over Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Mary, Queen of Scots, was a prisoner in the castle. Please telephone for opening details or visit website.
Uttoxeter Heritage Centre (Tel. 01889 567176) is housed in a row of 17th century timber framed cottages, with rooms on two floors and a courtyard garden to view. There are two exhibition rooms where changing displays reflect different periods of the town’s past. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am – 4pm. Closed Bank Holidays. Free Admission.
Cavendish Arms (Tel. 01889 563820) is an old coaching inn that used to stand on the main road before the new A50 was built. Food is served lunchtimes and evenings. There is a separate dining room.
The Leaf and Bean (Tel. 01889 568377) is situated next door to the Heritage Centre in Carter Street Uttoxeter, and provides a wide selection of coffee, tea and cakes. Open Monday to Wednesday and Friday and Saturday from 9am – 5pm.
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There is much of interest to be seen in Doveridge for those prepared to take the time to explore. The residents from the shop to the pub and those you meet in the street are friendly. Judging by the large number of notice boards in the village, it has a very active community.
Apart from the usual events you would expect like whist drives, cheese and wine parties and bingo sessions, you also can get involved in footpath walks with the preservation society, fun events at the bowls club and even a beer festival at the village club!
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